Field trips will be performed on 4 September 2020, with a travel by bus. Trips will be performed during the morning and will finish with a lunch
Innovative horticulture systems: berries production
Area to visit: Province of Huelva, 90 km far from Sevilla
Overview and scope: the province of Huelva, in the south west of Spain has an intensive production (under irrigation) of different types of berries. Initially it was specialized in the early production of strawberry in tunnel type greenhouses, and now there has an important diversification in the production of different types of berries.
Superintensive fruit orchards: high density olive orchards
Area to visit: olive orchards around Sevilla in different commercial farms
Overview and scope: New olive orchards in irrigated Mediterranean lands are designed as high-density irrigated orchards with 3000 trees per hectare. This represents a new paradigm in fruit orchards design and management, looking for high resource and economic efficiency. The “hedge” orchard design allows farmers a complete harvest mechanization by using vine-type harvest machines.
Field demonstration of the “future farm”
Area to visit: experimental fields around Sevilla
Overview and scope: Practical workshop on the use of different technologies for precision agriculture that will include: data acquisition and monitoring of soils and crops using different types of devices (including UAV), and robots for agricultural practices.
Rice fields in the marshland area around Sevilla
Area to visit: rice production land near Sevilla (25 km far)
Overview and scope: near to Sevilla there is 25000 ha devoted to rice production (indica and japonica varieties). This is one of the main rice cultivation areas of Spain, with a very high productivity. In the field, there will be a demonstration of a technology developed in the University of Milano to allow farmers – using only their smartphone – to develop variable rate nitrogen prescription maps by integrating satellite information and smart scouting.
Irrigated crops in the reclaimed marshland area of the Guadalquivir Valley
Area to visit: Marshland area reclaimed (around 40000 ha) between the 60s and 70s near Sevilla (60 km far) in the estuarine area of the Guadalquivir river. In origin saline and sodic soils with a shallow saline watertable. Reclamation involved extensive installation of tile drains and gypsum (phosphogypsum application).
Overview and scope: the reclaimed marshland is an intensive area of field crops and horticultural production. Cotton, maize, tomato and horticultural crops are the main crops in the area. It is very interesting the complex irrigation and drainage networks. Visit will include visit to commercial farms, irrigation system, and drainage system installations.
Natural Park of Doñana
Area to visit: The National Park of Doñana is considered one of the major ecological reserves in Europe (more than 120000 ha). It is located in the estuarine area of the Guadalquivir river, including lagoons, Mediterranean forest, dunes, and coastal areas.
Overview and scope: The National Park of Doñana is an area where extensive grassland production coexist with natural richness. The environmental pressure of intensive agricultural systems is affecting this natural areaThe visit will have three components: visit to a fauna-rich natural space, extensive grassland production in a natural protected area, and the analysis of the potential environmental impact in neighboring natural areas.