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Regenerative crop production using no-till and intercropping in the dryland region of Rhinehesse


Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau

Federal State



Stiftsstraße 9
55116 Mainz

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Regenerative crop production using no-till and intercropping in the dryland region of Rhinehesse

Project description

The overall goal of the project is to maintain productive crop production while making production more resilient to the consequence of climate change. This, combined with no-till of main crops and intercrop mixtures, represents a completely new innovative approach that has hardly been tried or implemented in Europe so far.

As a special feature, this approach is established under the dry-warm growing conditions of Rhinehessen.
Due to the drastically changing conditions for crop production, new approaches and adaptations of crop production systems are needed.

One approach is regenerative agriculture. This focuses on minimizing soil disturbance, providing year-round ground cover, promoting biodiversity and preserving root systems. The project uses a no-till machine with a cross-slot coulter that is able to place the intercrop seed under the straw of the previous crop with almost no soil movement, ensuring good emergence of the intercrop. The same machine is also used to till the main crop into the standing intercrop.

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Equipment and machinery
  • Outdoor horticulture and woody crops (incl. viticulture, olives, fruit, ornamentals)
  • Soil
  • Biodiversity and nature
  • Climate change (incl. GHG reduction, adaptation and mitigation, and other air related issues)

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020

OG contact information

Landwirtschaftskammer RLP
Burgenlandstraße 7
55543 Bad Kreuznach

Phone: 0671 793 1130

Email: wilhelm.zimmerlin@lwk-rlp.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Advisor
  • Researcher

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