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AgBalanceTM - My Virtual Farm

Simulation of sustainable farming

Session

Team
Round
Sustainability
Economy
Environment
Profit
Economic Risk
GHG emissions
Eutrophication
Biodiversity
Soil Health
Ecotox

Welcome

Good and sustainable farming begins with good planning.

Choose the crops you wish to grow and define farming intensity and tillage options. Then click on the fields to which you want to apply your choice. Keep in mind that your fields have different soil qualities and landscape elements within their proximity.

Note: You can manage a crop rotation for a maximum of five seasons. Before you start a community chest will be played as an additional challenge to your planning. You can deactivate community chest in the “beginner mode”.

It is possible that unknown community chests are drawn after a season. These "surprise cards" cannot be deactivated.

Scenarios

Demonstration mode
Community chests: Predefined
Surprise cards: Predefined
Beginner mode
Community chests: No
Surprise cards: Random
Random events
Community chests: Random
Surprise cards: Random
Daily events
Community chests: Random (daily)
Surprise cards: Random (daily)
Predefined Events 1
Community chests: Predefined
Surprise cards: Predefined
Predefined Events 2
Community chests: Predefined
Surprise cards: Predefined
Season
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3
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4
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5
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Info
Karstic soil
Shallow ground water
Loam
Sandy loam
Clayey loam
Crops
Crop Winter Wheat Crop Potatoes
Crop Winter Oilseed Rape Crop Maize (silage)
Crop Winter Barley Crop Grass (silage)
Crop Spring Beans Crop Agri-env. Schemes
Farming intensity
0 No farming
1 Very low
2 Low
3 Medium
4 High
5 Very high
Tillage
No tillage
Direct seeding
Conservation
Plow
Community chest
Additional challenge to your planning
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Community chest
Additional happening at the end of the season
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Description

Crop:
Maize, very high intensity, plow

  • Economic:
    Karstic soil is not ideal for growing maize. A very high intensity additionally wastes money, as not all of the efforts result in very high yields here.
  • Environment:
    Karstic soil tends to lose nutrients, as it can not retain water as well as others soils. Fields next to the river are especially affected. High and very high farming intensities also increase GHG-emissions if the yield potential is not equally high.

Description

Crop:
Potatoes, high intensity, plow

  • Economic:
    Potatoes are not the best choice on humid soils and a high farming intensity might not pay off.
  • Environment:
    Growing Potatoes at high intensities next to waterbodies can lead to a high eutrophication risk. Consider reducing the farming intensity or choosing a different crop.

Description

Crop:
Wheat, medium intensity, plow

  • Economic:
    A higher intensity can result in higher yields but choosing the right soil type will increase efficiency.
  • Environment:
    The risk of eutrophication can be reduced by grass, beans or agri-environment schemes. Have an eye on the farming intensity on soils with shallow ground water. The risk of nutrient leaching is much higher here.

Description

Crop:
Winter Barley, medium intensity, conservation till

  • Economic:
    A higher intensity can result in higher yields but barley is not the most profitable crop on good soils. The best crop for sandy loam is potato.
  • Environment:
    The hedge next to the field is habitat for plants and animals. High and very high farming intensities in it’s proximity can have negative effects on biodiversity.

Description

Crop:
Winter oil seed rape, medium intensity, conservation till

  • Economic:
    Clayey loam is a good choice for growing WOSR, although winter wheat will perform even better. Increasing intensity on good soils and high yielding crops can increase performance.
  • Environment:
    The river can be protected by grass, beans or agri-environment schemes on the small riverside field to mitigate eutrophication risk - especially if intensities are higher.
Results
  Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5
Sustainability
 
Economy
Environment
 
Profit
Economic risk
GHG emissions
Eutrophication
Biodiversity
Soil health
Ecotox