The "Arable farming" working group advisory service has been a successful nationwide training and advisory focus for many years. The top priority is the higher qualification of farmers. Farm comparisons are an important part of the working group's work. The evaluation and analysis of individual farm records and the presentation of the most important production and economic parameters, together with the exchange of experience, form the basis for the work of the working group.
The aim of the project is to evaluate technical production and economic data and, building on this, to produce a national report based on the farm branch evaluations of the participating working group farms. The recorded data can be used, for example, to estimate crop rotation effects, determine the yield potential of individual fields or compare the economic efficiency of crop rotations. In this respect, the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics supports the working groups in data preparation and verification (machine costs), the further development of the content of the working group's work and the preparation of reports.
Status of the project
As in previous years, the farms recorded field-specific data in 2023. This data is entered into a central web-based database, subjected to a plausibility check, processed, evaluated and presented in the form of a federal report. For the year 2023, the database includes 685 conventional or organic farms with a total area of around 30,644 ha in the federal states of Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Burgenland and Carinthia. In addition to processing the machinery costs (plausibility checks, calculation), the main tasks of the Federal Agency for Agriculture include writing individual chapters of the report. Since 2017, the data has been evaluated on the basis of the revised online field index.
Work in 2024
In 2024, all farm data transmitted at arable field level must also be transferred to the existing interface of the database, checked and evaluated. In this regard, it is necessary to carry out a plausibility check of the data in advance and to adjust the values stored in the database in accordance with the ÖKL guideline values for machinery and equipment. Furthermore, cooperation in the preparation of the federal report is also planned.