Cover Crops and Sustainable Agriculture

Cover Crops and Sustainable Agriculture

 
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ISBN13:9781032034430
ISBN10:1032034432
Kötéstípus:Puhakötés
Terjedelem:326 oldal
Méret:254x178 mm
Súly:700 g
Nyelv:angol
Illusztrációk: 69 Illustrations, black & white; 9 Illustrations, color; 22 Halftones, black & white; 4 Halftones, color; 47 Line drawings, black & white; 5 Line drawings, color; 61 Tables, black & white
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Rövid leírás:

This book will not serve as the "encyclopedia of cover crop management," but it?s close. The economic and environmental benefits of individual cover crops and blends/mixes for specific agronomic crop rotations and geographic locations are included.

Hosszú leírás:

This book will not serve as the "encyclopedia of cover crop management," but it?s close. The benefits of a wide range of individual cover crops and blends/mixes for specific agronomic crop rotations and geographic locations are included. Descriptions, photographs, and illustrations show how cover crops look in the field, including plant height, leaf architecture, and rooting patterns. Long term benefits are described for soil health, soil structure, water quality, nutrient contributions, soil biodiversity, air quality and climate change.



In addition to the "whys" of cover crop use, the book includes details on the "hows:" how to choose cover crops for specific applications and locations; how (and when) to plant; how to manage and maintain the cover for maximum benefit; and how and when to terminate.



Planting options include: drilling/planting between rows of an agronomic crop at planting time, or when the crop is short (i.e. corn in early June); "aerial" seeding with an airplane or high-clearance machine shortly before the crop reaches maturity; and drilling/planting immediately after harvest of the agronomic crop. Selected cover crops (blends) can help with pest and disease management.



Cover crops are an economic input with an expected return on investment, similar to pesticides and fertilizer. As part of a continuous no-till system, cover crops provide long-term biological, chemical and structural benefits. The resulting increase in soil organic matter means the agronomic crop yields benefit from better water infiltration and water holding capacity, greater availability of nitrogen and other nutrients, deeper rooting, and increased soil microbial activity in the root zone.


Tartalomjegyzék:
Introduction to Cover Crops. Benefits of Cover Crops on Agronomic Crop Yield. Potential and Challenges of Growing Cover Crops in Organic Production Systems. Cover Crops in Vegetable Production and Urban Farming in Sub
-Saharan Countries. Algorithms to optimize cropping diversity with cover crops. Sustainable suppression of weeds through ecological use of cover crops. Cover crops for pests and soil
-borne disease control and insect diversity. Cover Crops for Forages and Livestock Grazing. Cover crops? effect on soil quality and soil health. Cover Crops for Orchard Soil Management. Cover Crop Mixes for Diversity, Carbon, and Conservation Agriculture. Cover crops and soil nitrogen cycling. Effect of Cover Crops on Soil Biology. Cover cropping improves soil quality and physical properties. Cover Crops Effects on Soil Erosion and Water Quality. Effects of cover crops on greenhouse gas emissions. Cover crops influence soil microbial and biochemical properties. Economics of Cover Crops.