Our cultivation program Climate & Nature
To help tackle future sustainability challenges, Lantmännen has developed a new cultivation program for grain that has up to a 20 percent lower climate impact, less environmental impact and that contributes to increased biodiversity.
Our cultivation program Climate & Nature was launched in 2015 and has been adopted in grain cultivation all-round Sweden. This method can make a significant difference as it reduces the environmental load from our conventionally grown product range, which accounts for around 90 percent of the market in Sweden.
This Climate & Nature program means consumers can be offered more sustainable flour, while at the same time, farmers are paid a premium to farm in line with the program.
Climate & Nature is one of many Lantmännen contributions to solving the challenges of farming, but we still have a way to go. However, with our cultivation program, we have taken a clear step in the right direction on our continuing journey towards sustainable farming and food provision.
- a cultivation program with up to 20 percent lower climate impact, less environmental impact and that contributes to increased biodiversity
Climate smart fertiliser
Fertiliser produced with environment friendly technology contributes to reducing climate impact.
Our cultivation concept Climate & Nature requires careful documentation in the form of land mapping and arable production plans, for example. Grain grown with this method is traceable from field to fork.
Eco driving and other energy efficiency measures on the farm cut carbon dioxide emissions.
Skylarks benefit from undrilled patches in fields where they can land and forage for food. At least one lark plot per hectare of cultivated land is created.
Optimised nitrogen fertilization
With the help of sensors that read the nitrogen needs of a crop, fertiliser usage is optimised to reduce the risk of overuse.
Since being launched in 2015, the cultivation program has delivered good results with reduced carbon dioxide emissions, less environment impact and positive effects on biological diversity.
Climate & Nature in figures
For the 2017 harvest
- Circa 12,700 hectares cultivated acreage (circa 18,000 football pitches)
- 60 contracted farmers
- Circa 13,000 lark plots
- 78,000 ton harvest
- 7,800 tons CO2 savings
- Over 39 million kg of Friendlier Wheat have been sold since the launch.
Carbon dioxide savings: average value for standard plain flour 0.5 kg/kg x 0.2 x volume
Lark plots: min 1 mandatory undrilled 16-20 square metre plot per hectare
The next steps
With its cultivation program Climate & Nature, Lantmännen has taken the first step towards more sustainable farming. In the coming years, we are going to continue to develop additional criteria to further reduce our climate and environment impact and benefit biological diversity. The cultivation program has also been broadened to include rye crops.
Before the next harvest
Criteria for the cultivation program Climate & Nature are being continuously developed to further benefit biodiversity and minimise the use of chemicals in the cultivation chain.
Boost biological diversity
The new requirements mean that pollinators and beneficial insects are protected and that biologically or thermally treated seed is used instead of chemically treated seed. What's more, farmers have the opportunity to choose between four different undertakings that are beneficial for animals and insects, such as creating an additional lark plot (16-20m2) per hectare, sowing edge zones with seed mixes in the field, creating a fallow area for diversity or planting salix that provides food for insects in spring.