The results are expected to identify material from Lantmännens’ forage breeding program better suited to the changing climate. By including drought-tolerant forage genotypes in the forage mixes along with well-known irrigation practices under drought, farmers would be able to obtain acceptable yields under drought.
In the project the team:
- Have established a field trial on the island Öland in Southeast Sweden where droughts are frequent.
- Will use conventional methods, soil moisture sensors and drones to monitor the trial. Drones equipped with RGB, multispectral and thermal cameras will be used.
- Started studying drought tolerance of forages under controlled conditions by high-throughput phenotyping in collaboration with Kristiina Himanen at NaPPI- Finnish National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure.
- Will have meetings with farmers from Öland to learn how they are dealing with drought.
A highly current project with exciting collaboration partners with funding from Lantmännen Research Foundation! See more about the project in the video below.