For many years, the working group advisory service "Arable Farming" has been a successful nationwide focus of education and advisory services. The top priority is to improve farmers' qualifications. Farm comparisons are an important part of the work of the working group. The evaluation and analysis of individual farm records and the presentation of the most important production-related 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 the evaluation of production and economic data as well as the compilation of a national report based on the analyses of the branches of the participating working group farms. With the help of the recorded data, crop rotation effects can be estimated, the yield capacity of individual fields can be determined and economic comparisons of crop rotations can be made. The Federal Institute for Agricultural Economics supports the working groups in this regard with data preparation and verification (machinery costs) as well as with reporting.
Status of the project
As in previous years, field-specific data was recorded, processed and evaluated by the farms in 2021 and presented in the form of a federal report. For the year 2021 the data basis comprises 706 conventionally or organically managed farms with a total area of about 30,800 ha in the federal provinces of Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Burgenland and Carinthia. In addition to processing the machinery costs (plausibility checks, calculation), writing individual chapters of the report is one of the main tasks of the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics. Since 2017, the data evaluation has been carried out on the basis of the revised online land use planning index.
Work in 2022
Also in 2022, all transmitted farm data at arable crop level must be transferred to the existing interface of the database, checked and evaluated. In this respect, it is necessary to carry out a plausibility check of the data in advance and to adapt the ÖKL guideline values for equipment and machinery kept in the database. Furthermore, cooperation in the drafting of the national report is again planned.