1st Edition

Tillage for Sustainable Cropping




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ISBN 9781560229032
Published June 6, 2002 by CRC Press
246 Pages

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Book Description

Examine the past, present, and future of this vital aspect of agricultural production!

Tillage for Sustainable Cropping is a state-of-the-art examination of diverse tillage systems and tillage-induced edaphic changes (and their implications for soil productivity and the environment). It provides a rational framework for tillage systems that takes into consideration soil and climatic characteristics and the availability of other edaphic inputs.

In Tillage for Sustainable Cropping, you?ll find ways to adapt tillage practices to production systems worldwide and an explanation of the edaphic needs of crop plants. You?ll also take an incisive look at the demographic trends that illustrate the ever-more urgent need for greater emphasis on tillage techniques.

This well-referenced volume also examines soil sustainability in terms of:

  • pollution and greenhouse gases
  • water contamination
  • growing production demands, and
  • soil degradation

    In addition, Tillage for Sustainable Cropping looks at the way various crops have responded to suggested tillage techniques in relation to:
  • weed growth
  • root growth
  • crop yields
  • and more!

    Tillage for Sustainable Cropping provides agricultural professionals, students, and educators with the rationale behind current techniques and explores what the future demands of this segment of the world?s most vital industry.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. The Need for Sustainable Cropping
  • Demographic Trends
  • Land Resources
  • Water Resources
  • The Need for Intensive Cropping
  • Intensive Cropping and Tillage
  • Tillage and Sustainability
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Tillage Systems
  • Objectives
  • Evolution of Tillage Systems
  • Diversity of Tillage Systems and Allied Land-Shaping Practices
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. Tillage and Edaphic Environment
  • Edaphic Needs of Crop Plants?A Rational for Tillage
  • Tillage-Induced Edaphic Changes
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. Crop Responses to Tillage
  • Crop Stand
  • Root Growth
  • Weed Growth
  • Crop Yields
  • Input Use Efficiency
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. Tillage Systems and Environmental Quality
  • Tillage and Soil Quality
  • Tillage and Water Quality
  • Tillage and Air Quality
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6. Rationalization of Tillage for Sustainable Cropping
  • Rationale of Soil Tillage
  • Adaptation of Tillage Practices for Production Systems
  • Tillage and Energy Conservation
  • Summary
  • References
  • Index

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