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Spain 2020/21

In numerous previous projects, increased biomass and reduced water consumption of Secalflor panels were observed in areas with water shortages. See also:
Field trial Qatar

In Spain, we are currently collecting data in demonstration trials to substantiate these empirical observations. The aim is to determine reproducible results and thus make our application recommendations more precise and reliable.

But even in modern production facilities, water and nutrient savings are crucial for the economic survival of producers. Together with growers, associations or cooperatives from the Region of Murcia, we are testing the use of the panels at different depths and combinations at different irrigation levels.

The green beans and greenhouse tomatoes have a more compact growth with the same supply. There are cherry tomatoes, some pear-shaped varieties and a very tasty traditional variety. We have already been able to measure an enrichment of nutrients in the root zone.

In the open field, on the other hand, lettuce and cabbage are grown under traditional cultivation methods with classic flood irrigation. It is precisely here that the effect of the panels becomes apparent in the long term, because they help to keep the moisture in the soil and close to the plants.

The tree species included in the tests range from apricot trees and peach trees to orange trees. Optimum growth of the trees is vital for the producer. All trees with Secalflor panels grew well in our tests and developed well.

We are currently planning studies on the growth behavior of olive trees, pomegranates and figs under deficient water conditions on Ibiza and Formentera. In particular, the dry soil and the associated salt stress make high-yield agriculture difficult. The mortality rate for new plantings is up to 25% and more in some regions.