Impact and effect

Currently farmers, who analyse the nutrient availability of their soil, often only analyse the topsoil down to 25 cm. DeepFrontier could contribute to more frequent analysis to larger depths, to understand the resource availability there, and to consider ways to develop their cropping systems directed at use of these resources.

A direct output from the DeepFrontier project will be methods, which will facilitate also the direct testing of deep rooting within a single field or crop, which today is not realistic to do.

The project is not expected to deliver direct solutions for farmers within the first five years. It will, however, deliver ideas, inspiration, results, proof of concept and methods for such work.

Though major results will hardly be published until three to four years into the project period, the attention the project can draw towards the topic, the ideas, preliminary results and the fact that the project build on top of previous studies focused on rooting depth, it is expected to promote other work and interest within the area well before the conclusion of the DeepFrontier project.

Impact on development of farming systems will come mainly through the following effects:

  • Understanding how deeper rooting can be achieved, including better understanding of rooting depth in current agriculture
  • Understanding of resource use from deep soil layers, which resources are available, how much can be used etc.
  • Understanding of the potential contribution of deep rooting for sequestering soil carbon as part of agricultural climate change mitigation.
  • The developed facilities and methods will promote future studies of deep rooting and its effects