On April 27, 2016, the first agricultural field day of DCADLP was attended by local farmers, representatives of the cooperation partner SKIAD holding and representatives of German business partners.
In September 2015, the bilateral project team began their work on the Huanghai State Farm in northern Jiangsu Province. With the beginning of the first growing season in November 2015, first crops were planted with German technology and expertise. On a 150-hectare demonstration area, German and Chinese farming methods can now be compared, as well as field trials on different sowing densities and fertilizer application methods and rates evaluated. In addition, different conservation tillage methods were tested. As an example, winter upland crops (barley and wheat) were direct-drilled for the first time in the region. Another new feature is the cultivation of potatoes and peas. This expands the crop rotation to a nitrogen fixing legume. The field day offered the project an opportunity to present their work of recent months to more than 200 visitors. A second field day is already scheduled for the summer crop harvest season in October 2016.
On April 28, a soil seminar for practitioners was organized in collaboration with the German-Chinese Agricultural Center, Beijing Office. Several renowned soil scientists from Germany and China discussed with SKIAD staff, invited Chinese agricultural experts from other provinces and local farmers about the composition and characteristics of the soil on several prepared soil profiles. This was followed by several indoor presentations and lectures, regarding distribution and characteristics of paddy soils and their adapted soil, water, straw and nutrient management, and the peculiarities of the rice-wheat double-crop rotation. Experiences and challenges with modern soil tillage technology in Germany and China, as well as field trials with reduced mineral nitrogen (N) fertilizer application rates and for testing of stabilized N fertilizers were further topics. In particular the question arose which sustainable farming methods are most suitable for this region.