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Zero-tillage cultivation of maize

Code: 9781838791209
Wade E. Thomason, Bee Khim Chim and Mark S. Reiter, Virginia Tech University, USA

Chapter synopsis: Zero-till cultivation of maize (Zea mays L.) is a relatively widely used production system whereby the only soil disturbance occurs with the seeding operation. The system aims to reduce erosion, improve soil physical attributes, decrease costs, and improve long-term sustainability of maize cultivation. However, positive impacts from zero-till maize cultivation do not always occur and it is important to understand which factors favour this system and which do not. This chapter will also discuss suggestions for best management of zero-till maize systems.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0002.06
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 History of zero-tillage maize cultivation 3 Advantages of zero-tillage maize production: reduced soil erosion 4 Advantages of zero-tillage maize production: reduced nutrient losses 5 Advantages of zero-tillage maize production: water infiltration and use, economics and soil organic matter 6 Potential disadvantages of zero-tillage maize production 7 Success with zero-tillage maize production 8 The future of zero-tillage maize production 9 Where to look for further information 10 References
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