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Crop and cropping systems management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems

Code: 9781786765864
Muhammad Farooq, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, University of Agriculture, Pakistan, and The University of Western Australia, Australia; Ahmad Nawaz, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan; Yashpal Singh Saharawat, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Lebanon; Timothy Reeves, The University of Melbourne, Australia; and Kadambot Siddique, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Chapter synopsis: Conservation Agriculture (CA) offers a pragmatic option for improving soil health, crop productivity and resilience, generating biomass, increasing factor productivity and total output, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Most crops, including cereal, legume, oilseed, fibre and vegetable crops, can be successfully grown under CA systems, as can a range of forages. CA can produce yields that are comparable to, or higher than, conventional systems on a range of soil types and under variable climatic conditions. The use of diverse cropping/farming systems in CA can increase resilience to both biotic and abiotic stresses; enhance yield and economic stability, and reduce and/or slow declines in long-term soil productivity. In this chapter, the authors summarize the performance of various crops in CA systems across the globe and elaborate on the management practices and benefits of including those crops in CA systems. They also highlight various cropping systems that might be suitable for long-term sustainability of CA systems. Case studies are also included.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2019.0049.02
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Crops for CA: management practices and benefits 3 Cropping systems for CA: management practices and benefits 4 Case studies 5 Conclusions and future trends 6 Where to look for further information 7 References

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