The farm "Herdade do Melinho" is located 22 km from the town of Elvas in the Alentejo region. The farm has an extension of 112 ha, with crops such as corn, wheat, clover and barley.

The average slopes of the plots in the farm are around 2.5%. The soil has a loam texture and is characterized by quite high average organic matter content, around 4.5%.

In this farm, strip till conservation practice has been carried out throughout several campaigns. Thanks to that 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, the presence of multifunctional field margins is highlighted in some of the boundaries of the farm plots.


Best Management Practices

Use of permanent soil cover
Use of minimum soil disturbance practices
Perform suitable crop rotation/diversification
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
Implementation of multifunctional margins and retention structures