K-maatalous Experimental Farm has made a Baltic Sea Commitment

The K-maatalous Experimental farm, part of the K-Group, has made a Baltic Sea Commitment to Baltic Sea Action Group, BSAG. The Commitment concentrates on developing soil condition, soil water and nutrient usage measurement practices and technology. First concrete steps are taken at the K-maatalous Experimental farm this summer, where new measurement technology for practical farming is tested. The Commitment supports the K-Group’s responsibility work, of which key priorities are climate change mitigation, sustainable use of natural resources and the promotion of circular economy.

The K-maatalous Experimental Farm has developed Finnish agriculture since 1963. The Experimental Farm’s research and experimentation actions aim at providing information and finding effective solutions for farming in practice. 

The Commitment supports the long-term responsibility work of the K-Group

Responsibility is a strategic choice for Kesko and a part of everyday work. Kesko is the most sustainable trading sector company in the world on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. The key priorities of Kesko's responsibility program are climate change mitigation, sustainable use of natural resources and the promotion of circular economy. As part of Kesko's responsibility work the K-maatalous Experimental Farm is committed to promote sustainable farming practices.

The tests at the K-maatalous Experimental Farm start now

This summer, the experimental farm tests measuring technology for soil nutrients. The measurement technology is imported by Finnish measurement company Ekonia. Based on the experience and knowledge gained from the experimental use of measuring devices, K-maatalous Experimental Farm determines the compatibility of the devices for farming.

New measuring methods are aimed to provide practical ways to measure and monitor the use of nutrients and to assess the soil condition in rapid succession. Measuring methods promote sustainable agriculture as investments can be optimised according to crop targets and use, soil potential and the requirements of plant varieties.

Good soil condition and appropriate fertilization, as well as transforming nutrients to good crops are important profitability factors for farmers but also reduce the nutrient leakages to the Baltic Sea. Properly treated soil also sequesters carbon to soil and thus fights the climate change.

BSAG, The Baltic Sea Action Group, is an independent non-profit foundation (2008) based in Finland. BSAG works to find solutions and right actors to restore the good ecological balance of the Baltic Sea. The work is based on constructive cooperation among all levels of society, including the highest political level in all the Baltic Sea countries, public authorities, and the private sector. BSAG cooperates with all the countries Kesko operates in.

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