The IPZ is part of the DLG Competence Center Agriculture. Around 20 DLG expert committees are related to the IPZ in terms of content and are involved in developing suitable research projects.
The IPZ is located in Saxony-Anhalt on the southern edge of the Magdeburg Börde, between Halle and Magdeburg directly alongside the A 14 motorway in the immediate vicinity of the Strenzfeld Campus of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and the Saxony-Anhalt State Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture.
The location is characterised by the rain shadow of the Harz Mountains. At an altitude of 80 m above MSL, it has a mean annual rainfall of 511 mm and an average annual temperature of 9.7°C.
In-house technology for soil tillage, cultivation, fertilisation, crop protection and harvesting is available at the location.
This is supplemented through the cooperative use of the field trial technology provided by our location partners, the Strenzfeld Campus of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and the State Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture as well as through external trial service providers.
The predominant soil type is loess/black earth with a usable field capacity of 250 mm and a soil rating of 65-94 points. The soil type can be described as silty loam (uL) with the following contents: clay: 22%, silt: 70%, sand: 8%. The inclination is flat and the pH is just above the neutral point.
Data that are integrated into the sustainability analysis are collected on the majority of the land at the IPZ. These data are used to validate the evaluation functions on which each indicator is based. Once a complete data set from three years of cultivation (2011, 2012 and 2013) is available, the IPZ will undergo the certification process for the DLG sustainability standard. On completion of the 2013 harvesting year, the stage 2 sustainability certificate was presented to the IPZ at DLG-Feldtage 2014. Validation is set to take place annually thereafter. Recertification according to method 2 was completed at DLG-Feldtage 2018 in Bernburg, for example.