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Drainage requirements to maintain soil health

Code: 9781786764089
Jeffrey Strock, University of Minnesota, USA

Chapter synopsis: The effective management of soil water conditions is essential for ensuring healthy plant growth and optimum yield. Drainage is the primary technique by which producers keep soil water conditions at or near optimum for plant growth. A well-designed drainage system may result in a number of benefits including: better soil aeration, less flooding in low areas, less surface runoff, better soil structure, better root development, higher yields and improved crop quality. This chapter begins with a brief summary of the history, purpose and practice of land drainage. This is followed by a review of the literature on the impact of excess water and drainage on different aspects of soil health, including physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0033.23
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The purpose and practice of land drainage 3 The influence of excess water and drainage on different aspects of soil health 4 Conclusions and future trends 5 Where to look for further information 6 References

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