The farm "Herdade da Godinha" is located 15 km from the town of Elvas, in the Alentejo region. The farm has an extension of 500 ha, where corn is the main crop.

The soil is sandy-loam and has an average organic matter content of 2.9%. In this farm, the slopes are high, with some of them reaching up to 26%.

In this farm, the conservation practice of strip till has been carried out for several campaigns. Thanks to this practice, the soil is only mechanically altered in the sowing row, without disturbing the rows between crops. This allows the rows between crops to remain covered by plant residues throughout the campaign. On the other hand, guidance systems are used in the tractors.


Best Management Practices

Use of permanent soil cover
Use of minimum soil disturbance practices
Perform suitable crop rotation/diversification
Optimisation in the use of agrochemicals
Appropriate management of agrochemical products
Use of advanced technology (decision-making aid systems, precision agriculture, fleet management, etc.)
Implementation of optimum and deficit irrigation strategies
Joint consideration of optimised agricultural, technical and financial practices to improve irrigation water management
Implementation of multifunctional margins and retention structures