At the Hollabrunn Agricultural College, students are trained in theory and practice for agricultural professions. Practical training takes place at the teaching and experimental farm on site. Emphasis is made on innovation in ecology and economy. Bayer ForwardFarming supports the agricultural college with innovative solutions and projects in the areas of biodiversity, water and user protection, consulting and digital services. As a measure to enhance the biodiversity on the farm, flower strips are planted to preserve native flora as well as birds, insects, and earthworms. Another measure the college has implemented are skylark plots, these small open plots in grain fields provide threatened skylarks a safe place to land and nest. The farm also features a beetle bank. The loose soil provides an ideal habitat for predatory beetle species that build their nests below the earth’s surface. These beetles hunt and consume other insects that are considered to be agricultural pests.
The Phytobac system is also used at Hollabrunn Agricultural College. The system, provided by Bayer, contains microorganisms that help degrade crop
Location: Hollabrunn, northwest of Vienna
History: The college was founded in 1903 as a winter school and operates a working farm and vineyard
Crops: Winter wheat, winter barley, corn, sugar beet, soybean, potato, fruit, grapevines, field vegetables, and more.
Soil: Sedimentary soil consisting of loess sediment of incoherent morphology – sandy/silty with only moderate clay content.
Partners: The collaboration between the Hollabrunn Agricultural College and Bayer is just one example of the comprehensive projects with various partners that are being pursued to advance agriculture.