933331 Procedures of plant production in organic agriculture I

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wagentristl, Helmut , Euteneuer, Pia , Friedel, Jürgen Kurt
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Organic agriculture in eastern Austria (Lower Austria) is restrained by lacking animal husbandry and rain shortages in early spring and summer. Processes in this dry area are based on a balanced crop management, due to crop rotation and soil preparation, to prevent harvest losses by nutrient depletions, droughts, plant pathogens and weed pressure. Furthermore an increasing humus content to stabilize soil aggregates for plant nutrition and sufficient soil water content is obligatory. Therefore, biodiversity by seeding cover crops and again crop rotation are required.
During the winter semester we will look into basic procedures in organic farming, like soil preparation methods, how to save water, effects on water infiltrations, plant, development of grain crops, cover crops and weeds and soil fauna. Furthermore, we will visit an organic farmer in eastern Austria.

Previous knowledge expected

Basics in plant productions conventional or organic farming, soil management, plant nutrition and the ability for a critical discussion with present research (peer reviewed research papers).

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Interdisciplinary knowledge of organic farming in terms of plant production and capability to connect textbook knowledge with practical crop management.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.