We must constantly develop our innovative power and test new technologies. At our test farm in Bjertorp, we set the level of ambition for Swedish agriculture - showing what the farm of the future will look like.
We know it can be done
Bjertorp is one of several trial farms run by Lantmännen, where we test new methods for sustainable primary production on 1,200 hectare of land - with the aim of becoming climate neutral by 2050.
Our report, Farming of the Future, shows that it is possible to increase harvests by 50 percent by 2050, while at the same time reducing the climate impact of cultivation, in line with the Paris Agreement. If farming is to become climate and environmentally sustainable, without compromising on either productivity or profitability, a number of different initiatives will be required.
We need to develop smart cultivation systems, apply new technology, phase out fossil fuels, use sustainable plant protection and plant nutrients, and reduce nutrient leakage. What’s more, we also need to adapt cultivation to climate changes and to protect biological diversity, while at the same time ensuring we get much more out of our fields and deliver profitability for our Farmers.
If Swedish farming is to continue to be the most sustainable in the world, we must continuously take our innovation to the next level and test new technologies. At Bjertorp, we are setting the level of ambition for how Swedish agriculture should work – today and in the future.
Bjertorp is a modern arable farm, for the propagation and production of current and future types of seed.
At Bjertorp, 880 hectares are used for arable farming - mainly seed cultivation.
This cultivation is done using modern machinery, where we test the very latest developments within agricultural machinery and cultivation techniques.
Farming of the Future - at Bjertorp gård
Our aim is to create the right conditions for sustainable primary production while halving climate impact every ten years, to be climate-neutral by 2050.
Framtidsgården in Bjertorp is a farm where we can road test and evaluate what we present in our Farming of the Future report. Bjertorp is used to test which initiatives work together and which initiatives will then work in commercial agriculture. Bjertorp is also a display window for the general public and colleagues in our industry, where we can show how farming can work in the future.
The aim for us at Bjertorp is to be able to implement the eleven focus areas that are presented in the report and provide figures that support the curves shown in the graphs we present, up to 2030. And that Bjertorp should act as a focal point for farming of the future.
Focus areas at Bjertorp
Bjertorp is part of the Precision Agriculture Sweden Project, that is investigating and seeking to understand connections between and reasons for harvest and quality variations in fields. Through new technology, such as drone cameras and sensors in machinery, seed, plant protection and the use of fertilisers can be adapted to the specific conditions of each field in order to gain a more even and better outcome.
Three out of four skylarks have disappeared as a consequence of changes in the farming landscape and the demand for increased efficiency. At Framtidensgården Bjertorp, we have therefore created lark plots where larks can land and forage for food. These are one of the criteria for our Climate & Nature cultivation programme.
Multifunctional protection zones - Samzones - are important for the fields of the future. Planting different herbs and grasses in special zones in the farming landscape, provides food and protection for birds and encourages pollinators such as bumble bees and bees which all boosts biological diversity.
What will the fields of the future look like?
At Framtidsgården Bjertorp, land is reserved for plans where Lantmännen can utilise the combined innovation forces at our disposal, and at the same time measure and document developments over time. A field of the future is land where we can work in a more focused way than would be possible on a normal farm.
We are going to experiment in ways to optimise our cultivation systems and the properties of the soil in this field of the future. For example, we need to find ways to increase carbon capture and storage, and gradually improve the humus content in the soil. The field of the future will also be where biological diversity is prioritised, and while flowering buffer zones and lark plots will also be clear indicators of the long-term work in progress at Bjertorp, most of what is happening will be below ground.
The data we collect from experiments in the field of the future will become an extremely valuable resource. It is this kind of information that we hope will be able to tell us what we should sow, grow and harvest in the future.