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Integration of climate friendly produced winter wheat into the entire value chain.

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Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State

Lower Saxony and Bremen


Calenberger Straße 2
30169 Hannover

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Integration of climate friendly produced winter wheat into the entire value chain.

Project description

The wheat price is usually determined by the raw protein content of the wheat corn, since it is influencing the baking quality of wheat flour. Due to high quality standards with regard to baking characteristics, the intensity of nitrogen fertilization in winter wheat crop is high. However, recent cultivars have clearly improved protein quality, allowing a markedly lower nitrogen fertilization without any lost in quality. By combining different cultivars in specific mixing ratios, high quality wheat flour can be manufactured even with lower protein contents. In this way 20 to 40 kg N ha-1 acreage might be saved, which greatly contributes to reduce the GHG-emissions derived from wheat cultivation. The ‘climate wheat’ project will demonstrate innovative approaches of sustainable high quality baking wheat production along the entire value chain at large scale.

Results focusing on practiceorientation

The production of winter wheat for usage in bakery sets high requirements on quality standards. The current standard for quality assessment of winter wheat is the raw protein content, which mainly depends on nitrogen fertilization. The production of nitrogen fertilizers is one of the main drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in wheat productions. The reduction of nitrogen inputs combined with consistent quality parameters would provide huge benefits for the carbon food print of winter wheat production.

Within this EIP Agri project, different systems of nitrogen fertilization were tested in field trials and on real farms for comparing effects on yield, quality and greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction of nitrogen fertilization about 20 kg N/ha barely effected the yield, whereas the protein content decreased. However, the results of RMT showed sufficient baked volumes. Furthermore, the combination of different wheat cultivars with lower... (see final report)

Key words

  • Plant production and horticulture
  • Food industry
  • Marketing/supply chain

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Netzwerk Ackerbau e.V.
Helene-Künne-Allee 5
38122 Braunschweig

Phone: 0531/289970

Email: eric.reinsdorf@netzwerk-ackerbau.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer

Begin of project


Project status


Total budget applied for in EUR


Further information

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