A series of innovative actions in the arable crops sector, mainly on how to improve or protect soils are funded under article 16 innovation clusters of the Estonian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
Many Estonian organisations are involved in Horizon 2020 research soil-related projects such as ISQAPER on interactive soil quality assessment, European Joint Programme on Agricultural Soil Management – EJP SOIL and SOILDIVERAGRO to enhance soil biodiversity in European agroecosystems
In 2019, the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs conducted a feasibility study under the knowledge transfer measure of the RDP 2014-2020 programme for the establishment of an Agricultural Big Data system in Estonia including digital soil information.
Every year a national soil conferenceis organised in Estonian to celebrate the World Soil Day on 5 December. Recent findings of the different projects are presented there. In addition, the “Soil of the Year” for every coming year is announced during the conference (see last year’s winner).
In 2019, local agri-innovation award was given to a project which is supporting farmers to plan their production systems according to the soil data (web-database showing the best areas to grow a particular crop, timing for fertiliser applications…). This is based on a unique GIS application.
Innovative digital solution for Soil sampling automation using mobile robotic platform - link
http://mullakaitse.ee/ : Dealing directly with various topis on soil protection, soil environment, cover crops etc.