Statek Novotinky

Innovative agronomic practices


Statek Novotinky

Case Study Contents

About Farm

Farm Name

Statek Novotinky

Year of foundation



Benešov, Central Bohemia

Farm area/size of the organisation:

1000 ha

Number of workers:

6 workers

Farm main activity:

General field crops, Livestock.

Climate and soil characteristics

The farm is situated at an altitude of around 600 metres in a region with mild climate, adequate rainfall and clay soil.

Measure Information

Description of the measure

The farmer applies innovative agronomic practices and soil conservation technologies, such as strip sowing directly into the stubble using the subsoiling or the no tillage technology, which is based on the maximum use of several types of catch crops.

In addition, the steepest areas of the fields were grassed and anti-erosion strips and grass strips were created along drainage channels, streams and ponds – several of them were created by the farmer himself.

The farmer has also reduced the size of land blocks by planting tree alleys, multi-species groves and restoring paths. Part of the land is left fallow with melliferous plants.

Objective of the measure

The measure aimed to improve the environment and create an original and varied landscape. The specific objective was to ensure the continued protection of the soil by plant cover, improvement of its quality and water retention capacity and reduction of erosion, increase in organic matter content and decrease in the use of agrochemicals.

Justification of the choice

The above-mentioned soil conservation technologies were chosen to reduce the need for field and tractor work needed in general.

Where did You get information of the measure from?

The author of the measure inspired himself mainly by American and Western European open-minded farmers who already apply similar farm practices.

Description of the situation before the measure implementation

Before the introduction of the measure, the soil was bare, exposed to erosion and had a low humus content. The management of such land required excessive tillage and the use of chemical inputs.


The increase in soil organic matter and the synergies of intercropping (e.g. the different root system which explore different depth of soil) benefits crop´s growth and therefore the income of the farm.
In addition to good yields, these innovative measures help to reduce the use of chemicals.
Reduction of operational peaks and need for overtime.
Need of expensive special equipment.


Innovation elements

The direct sowing introduction, the so-called no tillage soil conservation technology, is the main innovative element. This technology returns to permanent soil cover, using the entire growing season for photosynthesis and storing organic matter in the soil. Humus substantially increases the soil water retention capacity.

Key element for success

The landscape structure improvement, in particular improvement of soil quality and water retention capacity, and reduction of chemical use and erosion, is a successful key element.


Technological constraints

New soil conservation technologies cannot be effective without relatively expensive special agricultural equipment.

Lesson learned


“I believe that landscape creation can rather bring an improvement to agriculture in general, more than harming it. For sure more than the further pointless pursuit of increasing productivity through chemistry and monocultures. I can see environmental improvement and landscape creation as my main task for the future. Agriculture cannot be just a factory for cheap and often over-chemical food products. Let´s show that we are not indifferent to nature and the land and make real, visible positive changes. We, the farmers, are the ones who can make things better.”

Measure sustainability

Environmental sustainability

All of the above-mentioned measures, with demonstrably positive environmental impacts, provide high environmental sustainability.

Economical sustainability

Apart from the initial higher costs, no further major investments are required. Measures are therefore very economically sustainable. As their use reduces the need for overtime, they allow an easier farm organization and help with costs reduction.

Transfer of the measure

Replicability conditions required

  • Funds for the purchase of suitable agricultural equipment;
  • suitable land;
  • farmer with open-minded attitude to new innovative farming practices.

Conclusion remarks

While the farmer focuses on a high but nature-friendly cropping intensity, he does not forget about the landscape cultivation and gradually restores it to its original state and functionality.

Future plans

In the future, the farmer would like to continue with grassing slopes. In the vicinity of the floodplain forest, which was left to grow spontaneously in the valley between the ponds, he would like to revitalize the original stream and restore silted-up pools.

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