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Recycling of crop residues for sustainable crop production in a maize-groundnut rotation system  

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A long-term field experiment, which was established to investigate the contribution of crop residues to the N-economy of a maize-groundnut rotation system, consisted of three treatments: (i) T1, the recommended rate of chemical fertilizer with residue, (ii) T2, the recommended rate of chemical fertilizer without residue, and (iii) T3, a combination of organic fertilizer (chicken manure) and chemical fertilizer with residue. In order to investigate the N contribution from residues of the first crop (maize) to subsequent crops, the maize was labelled with 15N in the T1 and T2 treatments. Fertilizer N (15N-ammonium sulphate, 9.82% a.e.) was applied (60 kg N ha-1) to microplots within each yield plot, to generate labelled maize residue. At the same time 90 kg N ha-1 unlabelled N fertilizer was applied to provide the recommended rate for maize of 150 kg Nha-1. Uptake of N and K by subsequent crops was significantly higher in crop-residue treatments, whereas uptake of P, Ca and Mg was not significantly affected. Soil pH, organic C, cation-exchange capacity, soil resistance, water content and bulk density were not significantly changed after four crop-residue applications. Soil organic matter size and density fractions seemed to increase, with application of residues, but without statistical significance. Soil available P and exchangeable K were significantly higher in plots with crop residues. Recovery of fertilizer 15N by the first crop ranged from 19 to 22%. In the following crop, the recoveries were only 5.1% and 5.6% in plants of T1 and T2 treatment and only trace recoveries of 15N occurred in the subsequent crop. Fertilizer 15N retained in the soil after harvest of the first crop was 35 to 44%, whereas after the second crop 33% was present in crop-residue treated plots and 26% in plots where crop residues had been removed. Nitrogen mineralization from maize residues was quite rapid from 4 to 8 weeks after incorporation due to the hot, humid conditions. Thus, for good synchrony of release of N from residues and uptake of N by the crop, sowing should be 4 to 6 weeks after residue incorporation. However, in a rain-fed area it is sometimes inevitable that fallow periods are long, i.e. more than 6 weeks, depending on the rainfall, as in this study. Contributions of crop residues to economic yields were not significant, even after six crop cycles. (author)

2003-05-01

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Recycling of crop residues for sustainable crop production in a wheat-peanut rotation system  

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Field experiments were conducted in a sandy soil at west Samalout, Minia, Egypt, from December 1996 to October 1999. The main objectives were (i) to examine long-term effects of applications of crop residues on crop nutrition, yields and soil fertility; (ii) to improve process-level understanding of nutrient flows through the use of isotopic techniques, and (iii) to enhance the efficiency of use of nutrients by a wheat-peanut rotation system. There were four treatments: (i) T1, 15N-labelled (NH4)2SO4, 60 kg N/ha at 9.82% 15N with unlabelled residues; (ii) T2, 15N-labelled wheat residues, 26 kg N/ha at 1.94% 15N a.e, applied at the end of the first season; (iii) T3, to generate unlabelled residues and yield; and (iv) T4, 15N-labelled (NH4)2SO4, 60 kg N/ha at 9.82% 15N atom excess, applied at the beginning of the first season, without residues. The Ndff recoveries during the first season in treatments T1 and T4 were 27% and 26% respectively, while 25% of the 15N remained in the soil for T1 and T4. Thus, the total amounts of 15N accounted for (in plant and soil) were 51% for T1 and 50% for T4. After the second crop, the total 15N recovery was 25% and 13% for T1 and T4, respectively. Application of the crop residues seemed to decrease N losses from the soil. Values for %N derived from labelled residues (%Ndfr) by wheat (T2) were 1.0% and 0.4% during seasons 3 and 5, respectively, while recoveries of %Ndfr by peanut from T2 treatments were 3.7, 4.1 and 0.3 during seasons 2, 4 and 6, respectively. In the following five seasons (peanut-wheat-peanut-wheat-peanut), total 15N recoveries by plant and soil were 67, 54, 34, 25 and 16%, respectively. (author)

2003-05-01

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Diversity of segetal weeds in pea (Pisum sativum L. depending on crops chosen for a crop rotation system  

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Full Text Available This study, lasting from 1999 to 2006, was conducted at the Research Station in Tomaszkowo, which belongs to the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. The experiment was set up on brown rusty soil classified as good rye complex 5 in the Polish soil valuation system. The analysis comprised weeds in fields sown with pea cultivated in two four-field crop rotation systems with a different first crop: A. potato – spring barley – pea – spring barley; B. mixture of spring barley with pea – spring barley – pea – spring barley. Every year, at the 2–3 true leaf stage of pea, the species composition and density of individual weed species were determined; in addition, before harvesting the main crop, the dry matter of weeds was weighed. The results were used to analyze the constancy of weed taxa, species diversity, and the evenness and dominance indices, to determine the relationships between all biological indicators analyzed and weather conditions, and to calculate the indices of similarity, in terms of species composition, density and biomass of weeds, between the crop rotations compared.The species richness, density and biomass of weeds in fields with field pea were not differentiated by the choice of the initial crop in a given rotation system. In the spring, the total number of identified taxa was 28 and it increased to 36 before the harvest of pea plants. Chenopodium album and Echinochloa crus-galli were the most numerous. Chenopodium album, Echinochloa crus-galli, Sonchus arvensis, Fallopia convolvulus and Viola arvensis were constant in all treatments, regardless of what the first crop in rotation was or when the observations were made.The species diversity and the evenness and species dominance indices varied significantly between years and dates of observations. Species diversity calculated on the basis of the density of weed species was higher in the rotation with a mixture of cereals and legumes, while that calculated on the basis of weed biomass was higher in the system with potato. The similarity indices, which express the convergence of floristic composition as well as of the density and biomass of weeds growing in pea fields in the two crop rotation systems compared, were within a broad range (42–86%. The biodiversity of weed communities was more closely correlated to total precipitation than to air temperature.

Marta K. Kostrzewska

2014-04-01

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Weed populations and crop rotations : Exploring dynamics of a structured periodic system  

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The periodic growing of a certain set of crops in a prescribed order, called a crop rotation, is considered to be an important tool for managing weed populations. Nevertheless, the effects of crop rotations on weed population dynamics are not well understood. Explanations for rotation effects on weed populations usually invoke the diversity of environments caused by different crops that a weed population encounters. Using a periodic matrix model, we show that the number of different crops is ...

Mertens, S. K.; Bosch, F. Den; Heesterbeek, J. A. P.

2002-01-01

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Evaluation of soil quality indicators in paddy soils under different crop rotation systems  

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Evaluation of soil quality indicators in paddy soils under different crop rotation systems Soil quality, by definition, reflects the capacity to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and promote plant and animal health. Soil quality assessment is an essential issue in soil management for agriculture and natural resource protection. This study was conducted to detect the effects of four crop rotation systems (rice-rice-rice, soya-rice-rice, fallow-rice and pea-soya-rice) on soil quality indicators (soil moisture, porosity, bulk density, water-filled pore space, pH, extractable P, CEC, OC, OM, microbial respiration, active carbon) in paddy soils of Verona area, Northern Italy. Four adjacent plots which managed almost similarly, over five years were selected. Surface soil samples were collected from each four rotation systems in four times, during growing season. Each soil sample was a composite of sub-samples taken from 3 points within 350 m2 of agricultural land. A total of 48 samples were air-dried and passed through 2mm sieve, for some chemical, biological, and physical measurements. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS. Statistical results revealed that frequency distribution of most data was normal. The lowest CV% was related to pH. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and comparison test showed that there are significant differences in soil quality indicators among crop rotation systems and sampling times. Results of multivariable regression analysis revealed that soil respiration had positively correlation coefficient with soil organic matter, soil moisture and cation exchange capacity. Overall results indicated that the rice rotation with legumes such as bean and soybean improved soil quality over a long time in comparison to rice-fallow rotation, and this is reflected in rice yield. Keywords: Soil quality, Crop Rotation System, Paddy Soils, Italy

Nadimi-Goki, Mandana; Bini, Claudio; Haefele, Stephan; Abooei, Monireh

2013-04-01

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Influence of crop rotation, intermediate crops, and organic fertilizers on the soil enzymatic activity and humus content in organic farming systems  

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The influence of crop rotation systems with different portions of nitrogen-fixing crops, intermediate crops, and organic fertilizers on the enzymatic activity and humus content of soils in organic farming was studied. The highest activity of the urease and invertase enzymes was determined in the soil under the crop rotation with 43% nitrogen-fixing crops and with perennial grasses applied twice per rotation. The application of manure and the growing of intermediate crops for green fertilizers did not provide any significant increase in the content of humus. The activity of urease slightly correlated with the humus content ( r = 0.30 at the significance level of 0.05 and r = 0.39 at the significance level of 0.01).

Marcinkeviciene, A.; Boguzas, V.; Balnyte, S.; Pupaliene, R.; Velicka, R.

2013-02-01

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Analysis of methane yields from energy crops and agricultural by-products and estimation of energy potential from sustainable crop rotation systems in EU-27  

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Currently an increasing demand for renewable energy can be observed. A part of this demand could be covered by the production of energy from agrarian biomass. Due to the limited availability of arable land, food and feed production are starting to compete for agrarian resources. A way out of this dilemma is to develop concepts that are based on otherwise unused agrarian biomass like straw and include new technologies for the fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass. In this paper, the energy potentials of two different cropping systems are compared. In the energy-based crop rotation system all crops were used either for biogas or ethanol production. In the biorefinery-based approach, the various crops were used in cascades for the production of food as well as feed. Experimental laboratory work and field trials were combined to calculate energy and biomass yields of the crops under investigation. The results demonstrate that steam explosion pretreatment of wheat straw led to a 30% increase in the specific methane yield. The calculated energy output of the biorefinery-based crop rotation system amounted to a total of 126 GJ ha{sup -1} year{sup -1}. Extrapolating this energy output to the total arable land of the EU-27 member states, 13,608 PJ of energy could be produced. Therefore, biorefinery-based crop rotation systems could provide approximately three times more energy to the European population than energy-based crop rotation systems. (orig.)

Bauer, Alexander; Leonhartsberger, Christian; Amon, Barbara; Amon, Thomas [University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Division of Agricultural Engineering, Vienna (Austria); Boesch, Peter; Friedl, Anton [Vienna University of Technology, Vienna (Austria)

2010-04-15

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Energy crops in rotation. A review  

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The area under energy crops has increased tenfold over the last 10 years, and there is large consensus that the demand for energy crops will further increase rapidly to cover several millions of hectares in the near future. Information about rotational systems and effects of energy crops should be therefore given top priority. Literature is poor and fragmentary on this topic, especially about rotations in which all crops are exclusively dedicated to energy end uses. Well-planned crop rotations, as compared to continuous monoculture systems, can be expected to reduce the dependence on external inputs through promoting nutrient cycling efficiency, effective use of natural resources, especially water, maintenance of the long-term productivity of the land, control of diseases and pests, and consequently increasing crop yields and sustainability of production systems. The result of all these advantages is widely known as crop sequencing effect, which is due to the additional and positive consequences on soil physical-chemical and biological properties arising from specific crops grown in the same field year after year. In this context, the present review discusses the potential of several rotations with energy crops and their possibilities of being included alongside traditional agriculture systems across different agro-climatic zones within the European Union. Possible rotations dedicated exclusively to the production of biomass for bioenergy are also discussed, as rotations including only energy crops could become common around bio-refineries or power plants. Such rotations, however, show some limitations related to the control of diseases and to the narrow range of available species with high production potential that could be included in a rotation of such characteristics. The information on best-known energy crops such as rapeseed (Brassica napus) and sunflower (Helianthus annuus) suggests that conventional crops can benefit from the introduction of energy crops in the rotation; furthermore, a considerable number of lesser-known energy crops such as biomass sorghum (Sorghum spp.), hemp (Cannabis sativa), kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus), Ethiopian mustard (Brassica carinata) could be expected to lead to even greater benefits according to literature. Therefore, this review aimed at systematizing and reorganizing the existing and fragmentary information on these crops while stressing major knowledge gaps to be urgently investigated. (author)

Zegada-Lizarazu, Walter; Monti, Andrea [Department of Agroenvironmental Science and Technology, University of Bologna, Viale G. Fanin, 44 - 40127, Bologna (Italy)

2011-01-15

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Maize response to different straw management and tillage systems under cereal crop rotation  

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Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the effect of various straw management and tillage systems on the emergence, grain yield and cob characteristics of maize (Zea mays L. under different cereal rotations on two soils (Orthic Luvisols of loamy sand and sandy loam textures. The study was conducted in 1999, 2002 and 2003 in a micro-plot (1x1 m experiment. Concrete walls, 120 cm deep, separated each plot of 1x1 m (five replicates. Straw management systems included: removed straw (RS and left straw (LS in the amount of annual straw yield. The retained straw was chopped and spread by hand. Under each straw management system the three following tillage systems were applied: conventional tillage (CT, reduced tillage (RT, no-tillage (NT with sowing to the uncultivated soil and chemical weed control. Each treatment had five replicates giving a total of sixty micro-plots. The preceding crops of maize were rye, winter wheat or maize, depending on the soil and year. The same maize varieties were used in both soils (Antares in 1999-2000 and Matilda in 2003. There was a tendency towards poorer maize emergence in plots with retained straw compared to removed straw under no-tillage system compared to conventionally tilled system in both soils. The results indicated that the reduced tillage systems in combination with chopped straw can be applied on the studied soils without any significant decrease in maize grain yield.

A. Biskupski

2006-06-01

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[Effects of different multiple cropping systems on paddy field weed community under long term paddy-upland rotation].  

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Based on a long term field experiment, this paper studied the effects of different multiple cropping systems on the weed community composition and species diversity under paddy-upland rotation. The multiple cropping rotation systems could significantly decrease weed density and inhibited weed growth. Among the rotation systems, the milk vetch-early rice-late maize --> milk vetchearly maize intercropped with early soybean-late rice (CCSR) had the lowest weed species dominance, which inhibited the dominant weeds and decreased their damage. Under different multiple cropping systems, the main weed community was all composed of Monochoia vaginalis, Echinochloa crusgalli, and Sagittaria pygmae, and the similarity of weed community was higher, with the highest similarity appeared in milk vetch-early rice-late maize intercropped with late soybean --> milk vetch-early maize-late rice (CSCR) and in CCSR. In sum, the multiple cropping rotations in paddy field could inhibit weeds to a certain extent, but attentions should be paid to the damage of some less important weeds. PMID:24417111

Yang, Bin-Juan; Huang, Guo-Qin; Xu, Ning; Wang, Shu-Bin

2013-09-01

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Regional variability of environmental effects of energy crop rotations  

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The use of energy crops for bioenergy production is increasingly promoted by different frameworks and policies (ECCP, UNFCCC). Energy cropping decreases greenhouse gas emissions by replacing the use of fossil fuel. However, despite this, growing in monocultures energy crop rotations has low environmental benefit. It is broadly accepted consensus that sustainable energy cropping is only realizable by crop rotations which include several energy crop species. Four crop rotations consisting of species mixtures of C3, C4 and leguminous plants and their crop positions were tested to identify the environmental effect of energy cropping systems. The experimental design included four replicates per crop rotation each covering four cultivation years. The study took place at five sites across Germany covering a considerable range of soil types (loamy sand to silt loam), temperatures (7.5 ° C - 10.0 ° C) and precipitation (559 mm - 807 mm) which allow a regional comparison of crop rotation performance. Four indicators were used to characterize the environmental conditions: (1) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the management actions; (2) change in humus carbon (Chum); (3) groundwater recharge (RGW) and (4) nitrogen dynamics. The indicators were derived by balance, by an empirical model and by a dynamic model, respectively, all based and calibrated on measured values. The results show that the crop rotation impact on environmental indicators varied between plant species mixtures and the crop positions, between sites and climate. Crop rotations with 100 % energy crops (including C4 plants) had negative influence on Chum, GHG emissions per area and RGW in comparison to the rotation of 50 % energy crops and 50 % cash crops, which were mainly due to the remaining straw on the field. However, the biogas yield of the latter rotation was smaller, thus GHG emissions per product were higher, pointing out the importance to distinguish between GHG emissions per product and per area. The perennial legume rotation was identified as the most beneficial and eco-friendly energy crop rotation by showing an increase in Chum, lower GHG emissions per product and area and positive effects on nitrogen dynamics. However, the absolute magnitude of changes and effects differs between the sites indicating an influence of soil type and local climate on the final performance of the energy crop rotation. Generally, the results showed that the positive effect of a certain crop rotation on particular environmental indicators can have a less beneficial effect on another indicator, making an overall evaluation of the energy crop rotation complicated. The weighing of different environmental indicators finally depends on the environmental priorities, political targets and describes a further challenge.

Prescher, Anne-Katrin; Peter, Christiane; Specka, Xenia; Willms, Matthias; Glemnitz, Michael

2014-05-01

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Crop rotation impact on soil quality  

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Management systems influence soil quality over time. A study was carried out on Van meter farm of the Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon Ohio, USA to evaluate the impact of crop rotations on soil quality from 2002 to 2007. The crop rotations comprised of continuous corn (CC), corn-soybean (CS) and corn-soybean-wheat-cowpea (CSW). Ten soil cores were collected at 0-7.5, 7.5-15, 15-22.5 and 22.5-30 cm, and sieved. The soils were analyzed for total microbial biomass (C/sub mic/), basal respiration (BR) and specific maintenance respiration (qCO/sub 2/) rates as biological quality indicators; total organic carbon (TC), active carbon (AC) and total nitrogen (TN) as chemical quality indicators; and aggregate stability (AS), particulate organic matter (POM) and total porosity (ft) as physical quality parameters at different depths of soil. The inductive additive approach based on the concept of 'higher value of any soil property except ft, a better indicator of soil quality' was used to calculate the biological (SBQ), chemical (SCQ), physical (SPQ) and composite soil quality (SQI) indices. The results showed that crop rotation had significant impact on C/sub mic/, BR, qCO/sub 2/, TC, AC, TN, AS and POM except ft at different depths of soil. The CSW had higher soil quality values than CC and CS. The values of selected soil quality properties under the given crop rotation significantly decreased except ft with increasing soil depth. The SBQ (23%), SCQ (16%), SPQ (7%) and SQI (15%) improved under CSW over time. The results imply that multiple cropping systems could be more effective for maintaining and enhancing soil quality than sole-cropping systems. (author)

2011-04-01

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[Distribution characteristics of soil profile nitrous oxide concentration in paddy fields with different rice-upland crop rotation systems].  

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To investigate the dynamic distribution patterns of nitrous oxide (N2O) in the soil profiles in paddy fields with different rice-upland crop rotation systems, a special soil gas collection device was adopted to monitor the dynamics of N2O at the soil depths 7, 15, 30, and 50 cm in the paddy fields under both flooding and drainage conditions. Two rotation systems were installed, i.e., wheat-single rice and oilseed rape-double rice, each with or without nitrogen (N) application. Comparing with the control, N application promoted the N2O production in the soil profiles significantly (P < 0.01), and there existed significant correlations in the N2O concentration among the four soil depths during the whole observation period (P < 0.01). In the growth seasons of winter wheat and oilseed rape under drainage condition and with or without N application, the N2O concentrations at the soil depths 30 cm and 50 cm were significantly higher than those at the soil depths 7 cm and 15 cm; whereas in the early rice growth season under flooding condition and without N application, the N2O concentrations at the soil depth 7 cm and 15 cm were significantly higher than those at the soil depths 30 cm and 50 cm (P < 0.05). No significant differences were observed in the N2O concentrations at the test soil depths among the other rice cropping treatments. The soil N2O concentrations in the treatments without N application peaked in the transitional period from the upland crops cropping to rice planting, while those in the treatments with N application peaked right after the second topdressing N of upland crops. Relatively high soil N2O concentrations were observed at the transitional period from the upland crops cropping to rice planting. PMID:22126049

Liu, Ping-li; Zhang, Xiao-lin; Xiong, Zheng-qin; Huang, Tai-qing; Ding, Min; Wang, Jin-yang

2011-09-01

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Short rotation Wood Crops Program  

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This report synthesizes the technical progress of research projects in the Short Rotation Woody Crops Program for the year ending September 30, 1989. The primary goal of this research program, sponsored by the US Department of Energy's Biofuels and Municipal Waste Technology Division, is the development of a viable technology for producing renewable feedstocks for conversion to biofuels. One of the more significant accomplishments was the documentation that short-rotation woody crops total delivered costs could be $40/Mg or less under optimistic but attainable conditions. By taking advantage of federal subsidies such as those offered under the Conservation Reserve Program, wood energy feedstock costs could be lower. Genetic improvement studies are broadening species performance within geographic regions and under less-than-optimum site conditions. Advances in physiological research are identifying key characteristics of species productivity and response to nutrient applications. Recent developments utilizing biotechnology have achieved success in cell and tissue culture, somaclonal variation, and gene-insertion studies. Productivity gains have been realized with advanced cultural studies of spacing, coppice, and mixed-species trials. 8 figs., 20 tabs.

Wright, L.L.; Ehrenshaft, A.R.

1990-08-01

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Short Rotation Crops in the United States  

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The report is based primarily on the results of survey questions sent to approximately 60 woody and 20 herbaceous crop researchers in the United States and on information from the U.S. Department of Energy?s Bioenergy Feedstock Development Program. Responses were received from 13 individuals involved in woody crops research or industrial commercialization (with 5 of the responses coming from industry). Responses were received from 11 individuals involved in herbaceous crop research. Opinions on market incentives, technical and non-technical barriers, and highest priority research and development areas are summarized in the text. Details on research activities of the survey responders are provided as appendices to the paper. Woody crops grown as single-stem systems (primarily Populus and Eucalyptus species) are perceived to have strong pulp fiber and oriented strand board markets, and the survey responders anticipated that energy will comprise 25% or less of the utilization of single-stem short-rotation woody crops between now and 2010. The only exception was a response from California where a substantial biomass energy market does currently exist. Willows (Salix species) are only being developed for energy and only in one part of the United States at present. Responses from herbaceous crop researchers suggested frustration that markets (including biomass energy markets) do not currently exist for the crop, and it was the perception of many that federal incentives will be needed to create such markets. In all crops, responses indicate that a wide variety of research and development activities are needed to enhance the yields and profitability of the crops. Ongoing research activities funded by the U.S. Department of Energy?s Bioenergy Feedstock Development Program are described in an appendix to the paper.

Wright, L.L.

1998-06-04

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Ecoinformatics Reveals Effects of Crop Rotational Histories on Cotton Yield  

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Crop rotation has been practiced for centuries in an effort to improve agricultural yield. However, the directions, magnitudes, and mechanisms of the yield effects of various crop rotations remain poorly understood in many systems. In order to better understand how crop rotation influences cotton yield, we used hierarchical Bayesian models to analyze a large ecoinformatics database consisting of records of commercial cotton crops grown in California's San Joaquin Valley. We identified several crops that, when grown in a field the year before a cotton crop, were associated with increased or decreased cotton yield. Furthermore, there was a negative association between the effect of the prior year's crop on June densities of the pest Lygus hesperus and the effect of the prior year's crop on cotton yield. This suggested that some crops may enhance L. hesperus densities in the surrounding agricultural landscape, because residual L. hesperus populations from the previous year cannot continuously inhabit a focal field and attack a subsequent cotton crop. In addition, we found that cotton yield declined approximately 2.4% for each additional year in which cotton was grown consecutively in a field prior to the focal cotton crop. Because L. hesperus is quite mobile, the effects of crop rotation on L. hesperus would likely not be revealed by small plot experimentation. These results provide an example of how ecoinformatics datasets, which capture the true spatial scale of commercial agriculture, can be used to enhance agricultural productivity.

Meisner, Matthew H.; Rosenheim, Jay A.

2014-01-01

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Ecoinformatics reveals effects of crop rotational histories on cotton yield.  

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Crop rotation has been practiced for centuries in an effort to improve agricultural yield. However, the directions, magnitudes, and mechanisms of the yield effects of various crop rotations remain poorly understood in many systems. In order to better understand how crop rotation influences cotton yield, we used hierarchical Bayesian models to analyze a large ecoinformatics database consisting of records of commercial cotton crops grown in California's San Joaquin Valley. We identified several crops that, when grown in a field the year before a cotton crop, were associated with increased or decreased cotton yield. Furthermore, there was a negative association between the effect of the prior year's crop on June densities of the pest Lygus hesperus and the effect of the prior year's crop on cotton yield. This suggested that some crops may enhance L. hesperus densities in the surrounding agricultural landscape, because residual L. hesperus populations from the previous year cannot continuously inhabit a focal field and attack a subsequent cotton crop. In addition, we found that cotton yield declined approximately 2.4% for each additional year in which cotton was grown consecutively in a field prior to the focal cotton crop. Because L. hesperus is quite mobile, the effects of crop rotation on L. hesperus would likely not be revealed by small plot experimentation. These results provide an example of how ecoinformatics datasets, which capture the true spatial scale of commercial agriculture, can be used to enhance agricultural productivity. PMID:24465657

Meisner, Matthew H; Rosenheim, Jay A

2014-01-01

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Crop rotation systems for D-South sites. Development and optimization of site-specific cultivation systems for energy crops in the regime of crop rotation at D-South sites; Energiefruchtfolgen fuer D-Suedstandorte. Entwicklung und Optimierung von standortangepassten Anbausystemen fuer Energiepflanzen im Fruchtfolgeregime auf D-Suedstandorten  

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The cultivation of energy plants in Germany clearly increased in the last ten years. Due to the environmental protection and the nature protection, the increasing demand for energy raw materials from the agriculture has to be satisfied by variously arranged systems of cultivation with high energy efficiency and environmental efficiency. The contribution under consideration reports on the cultivation of energy plants in crop rotation systems. The corn based cultivation structure is to be diversified for the production of fermentation gas. Different crop rotation systems are evaluated regarding to the dry weight achievement, yield of fermentation gas and methane, humus balance and nutrient balance as well as regarding to their economy.

Roehricht, Christian; Freydank, Sven; Schroeder, Stefan

2009-07-01

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Assessment of soil biological quality index (QBS-ar) in different crop rotation systems in paddy soils  

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New methods, based on soil microarthropods for soil quality evaluation have been proposed by some Authors. Soil microarthropods demonstrated to respond sensitively to land management practices and to be correlated with beneficial soil functions. QBS Index (QBS-ar) is calculated on the basis of microarthropod groups present in a soil sample. Each biological form found in the sample receives a score from 1 to 20 (eco-morphological index, EMI), according to its adaptation to soil environment. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of various rotation systems and sampling periods on soil biological quality index, in paddy soils. For the purpose of this study surface soil samples (0-15 cm depth) were collected from different rotation systems (rice-rice-rice, soya-rice-rice, fallow-rice and pea-soya-rice) with three replications, and four sampling times in April (after field preparation), June (after seedling), August (after tillering stage) and October (after rice harvesting). The study area is located in paddy soils of Verona area, Northern Italy. Soil microarthropods from a total of 48 samples were extracted and classified according to the Biological Quality of Soil Index (QBS-ar) method. In addition soil moisture, Cumulative Soil Respiration and pH were measured in each site. More diversity of microarthropod groups was found in June and August sampling times. T-test results between different rotations did not show significant differences while the mean difference between rotation and different sampling times is statistically different. The highest QBS-ar value was found in the fallow-rice rotation in the forth soil sampling time. Similar value was found in soya-rice-rice rotation. Result of linear regression analysis indicated that there is significant correlation between QBS-ar values and Cumulative Soil Respiration. Keywords: soil biological quality index (QBS-ar), Crop Rotation System, paddy soils, Italy

Nadimi-Goki, Mandana; Bini, Claudio; haefele, Stephan

2013-04-01

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7 CFR 205.205 - Crop rotation practice standard.  

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...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Crop rotation practice standard. 205.205...Handling Requirements § 205.205 Crop rotation practice standard. The producer must implement a crop rotation including but not limited...

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Impacts of crop rotations on soil organic carbon sequestration  

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Agricultural land use and crop rotations can greatly affect the amount of carbon sequestered in the soil. We developed a framework for modelling the impacts of crop rotations on soil carbon sequestration at the field scale with test case Flanders. A crop rotation geo-database was constructed covering 10 years of crop rotation in Flanders using the IACS parcel registration (Integrated Administration and Control System) to elicit the most common crop rotation on major soil types in Flanders. In order to simulate the impact of crop cover on carbon sequestration, the Roth-C model was adapted to Flanders' environment and coupled to common crop rotations extracted from the IACS geodatabases and statistical databases on crop yield. Crop allometric models were used to calculate crop residues from common crops in Flanders and subsequently derive stable organic matter fluxes to the soil (REGSOM). The REGSOM model was coupled to Roth-C model was run for 30 years and for all combinations of seven main arable crops, two common catch crops and two common dosages of organic manure. The common crops are winter wheat, winter barley, sugar beet, potato, grain maize, silage maize and winter rapeseed; the catch crops are yellow mustard and Italian ryegrass; the manure dosages are 35 ton/ha cattle slurry and 22 ton/ha pig slurry. Four common soils were simulated: sand, loam, sandy loam and clay. In total more than 2.4 million simulations were made with monthly output of carbon content for 30 years. Results demonstrate that crop cover dynamics influence carbon sequestration for a very large percentage. For the same rotations carbon sequestration is highest on clay soils and lowest on sandy soils. Crop residues of grain maize and winter wheat followed by catch crops contribute largely to the total carbon sequestered. This implies that agricultural policies that impact on agricultural land management influence soil carbon sequestration for a large percentage. The framework is therefore suited for further scenario analysis and impact assessment in order to support agri-environmental policy decisions.

Gobin, Anne; Vos, Johan; Joris, Ingeborg; Van De Vreken, Philippe

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[Dynamics of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the paddy-soil system during the crop rotation process].  

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The concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the paddy root-soil system were determined to study the dynamic and the influencing factors during crop rotation period. It showed that the dynamic of PAHs in paddy roots was most correlative with the factor of root surface area, but less correlated with PAHs in air and particles, which indicates that the physiological characters rather than the environment media are the main factors influencing the PAHs accumulation in paddy roots. According to the EPA risk standard about BaP and sigma PAHs, the PAHs accumulation in the paddy seeds won't decrease the food security to human being. The PAHs concentrations in paddy soil showed a declined trend during the period of paddy growth, which was affected not only by the processes of water elution and microbe degradation, but also depended on the absorption rate of paddy roots. When the crop rotation begins and paddy planting rolls into the next growing period, the PAHs in the paddy soil will again increase into a higher level which is correlated with the TOC content in the soil. PMID:20825036

Jiao, Xing-chun; Ye, Chuan-yong; Chen, Su-hua; Yang, Yong-liang; Wu, Zhen-yan

2010-07-01

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Short rotation crops in Estonia  

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This paper describes the activities in Estonia to increase the use of biomass in power and heat generation. The main emphasis so far lies in using abandoned farmland for short rotation forestry. The biomass plantations concentrate on willows (Salix spp.), while the natural short rotation forestry is focused on grey alder.

Koppel, A. [Estonian Agricultural Univ., Tartu (Estonia). Inst. of Zoology and Botany

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Water erosion during a 17-year period under two crop rotations in four soil management systems on a Southbrazilian Inceptisol  

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Soil erosion still remains a persistent issue in the world, and this in spite of the efforts to ameliorate soil management systems taken into account the point of view of environmental protection against soil losses. In South Brazil water erosion is mainly associated to rainfall events with a great volume and high intensity, which are more or less evenly distributed all over the year. Nowadays, direct drilling is the most widely soil management system used for the main crops of the region. However, some crops still are grown on conventionally tilled soils, which means mainly ploughing and harrowing and less frequently chisel ploughing. In Lages-Santa Catarina State, Brazil, a plot experiment under natural rain was started in 1992 on an Inceptisol with the aim of quantifying soil and water losses. Treatments included bare and vegetated plots. The crop succession was: oats (Avena strigosa), soybean (Glycine max), vetch (Vicia sativa), maize (Zea mays), fodder radish (Raphanus sativus) and beans (Phaseolus vulgaris). Soil tillage systems investigated in this study were: i) conventional tillage (CT), ii) reduced tillage (MT), iii) no tillage (NT) under crop rotation and iv) conventional tillage on bare soil (BS). Treatments CT and BS involved ploughing plus twice harrowing, whereas MT involved chisel ploughing plus harrowing. Rainfall erosivity from January 1 1992 to December 31 2009 was calculated. Soil losses from the BS treatment along the 17 year study period were higher than 1200 Mg ha-1. Crop cover significantly reduced erosion, so that under some crops soil losses in the CT treatment were 80% lower than in the BS treatment. In turn soil losses in the MT treatment, where tillage was performed by chiselling and harrowing, were on average about 50% lower than in the CT treatment. No tillage was the most efficient soil management system in reducing soil erosion, so that soil losses in the NT treatment were about 98% lower than in the BS treatment. The three vegetated treatments, CT, MT and NT showed a lower efficiency in reducing water losses than soil losses. Water losses by runoff during a number of events were of the same order of magnitude for all the management systems studied here; which was mainly true when the volume of rainfall was high and the lag between successive events was small. In general, soil losses in the autumn-winter seasons were lower than under the spring-summer seasons. Soil losses showed a positive correlation with rainfall erosivity. However, the degree of dependence between these two variables decreased as the efficiency of soil management in controlling soil erosion increased. The large soil and water losses in the BS and CT treatments suggest that there is a need to implement soil conservation measures in the study region. In this context soil conservation would take advantage from soil cover by previous crop residue as well as from terrace building. Acknowledgement: This work was partly supported by Spanish Ministry of Education (Project CGL2005-08219-C02).

Bertol, Ildegardis; Vidal Vázquez, Eva; Paz Ferreiro, Jorge

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ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF CROPS ROTATION AND GREEN MANURING PRECEDING THE CULTIVATION OF NO-TILL SYSTEM CORN IN THE CERRADO  

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Full Text Available In search of minimizing the environmental impacts of agricultural production it is necessary the use of techniques which make larger production sustainability possible and bring economic return to the producer. In this context, the present work had the objective to evaluate, in a typical Cerrado soil, the economic viability of crops rotation and green manure (Cajanus cajan (L. Millsp; Crotalaria juncea (L.; Eleusine coracana (L.; Pennisetum americanum (L. or fallow land in the yield of corn cultivated in notill system. The production information used were collected in the 2003/2004 harvest, in a test carried out in Selvíria, Mato Grosso do Sul, and the costs of farm inputs and production price were obtained in September 2004. The method used was the Total Operational Cost. To determine the profit of the activity for each treatment were considered the gross revenue, the operational profit, the profitability index and the balance price. The corn in rotation system with soybean obtained larger grains yield and higher profitability. The use of green manure preceding the cultivation of the corn was proven economically viable, and the use of the C. juncea allowed larger economic return, without showing significant difference between the E. coracana and the P. americanumt.

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Tropical Rotation Crops Influence Nematode Densities and Vegetable Yields  

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The effects of eight summer rotation crops on nematode densities and yields of subsequent spring vegetable crops were determined in field studies conducted in north Florida from 1991 to 1993. The crop sequence was as follows: (i) rotation crops during summer 1991; (ii) cover crop of rye (Secale cereale) during winter 1991-92; (iii) 'Lemondrop L' squash (Cucurbita pepo) during spring 1992; (iv) rotation crops during summer 1992; (v) rye during winter 1992-93; (vi) 'Classic' eggplant (Solanum m...

Mcsorley, R.; Dickson, D. W.; Brito, J. A.; Hochmuth, R. C.

1994-01-01

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Irrigation treatments, water use efficiency and crop sustainability in cereal-forage rotations in Mediterranean environment  

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Agricultural systems based on crop rotation are beneficial to crop sustainability and productivity. Wheat-forage rotations combined with irrigation are the agronomic techniques best able to exploit Mediterranean environmental conditions. This paper describes a long-term field trial to ascertain the effect of combined irrigation and durum wheat-forage rotations on crop yield and soil chemical properties. The two forage crops: annual grass-clover winter binary mixture and perennial lucerne were...

Pasquale Martiniello; Giovanni Annichiarico; Salvatore Claps

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[N2O exchange fluxes from wheat-maize crop rotation system in the North China Plain].  

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N2O exchange fluxes from the intensively cultivated winter wheat-summer maize crop rotation system in the North China Plain were measured by the static chamber technique under normal fertilization treatment and normal fertilization combined with straw returning treatment. The results indicated that the cumulative emissions of N2O from normal fertilization treatment and normal fertilization combined with straw returning treatment were 7.61 kg x hm(-2) and 12.6 kg x hm(-2), respectively. The increased N2O from the straw returning mainly occurred during the maize growing season. The N2O emission during the maize growing season from the two fertilization treatments accounted for 57% - 86% of the annual N2O cumulative emission, which indicated that the annual emission of N2O mainly occurred during the maize growing season. Total N2O emission after 10 days of each fertilization accounted for about 71% - 88% of the annual emission. It is obvious that the application of existing chemical fertilizers greatly promoted the N2O emissions in the North China Plain. PMID:23234000

Pei, Shu-Wei; Zhang, Yuan-Yuan; Liu, Jun-Feng; Lun, Xiao-Xiu; Mu, Yu-Jing

2012-10-01

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Resource use at the cropping system level.  

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This paper illustrates the basic ideas of good crop rotations, adequate crop husbandry and high resource-use efficiencies and some relevant ecological approaches. The use of special crops to prevent the need of high inputs of crop protectants or to reduce losses of nutrients at the level of the cropping system deserves special attention in research. Examples are given for the ecological control of soil-borne fungi, parasitic weeds, nitrogen loss and other sustainable techniques to increase th...

Struik, P. C.; Bonciarelli, F.

1997-01-01

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Carbon footprints of crops from organic and conventional arable crop rotations â?? using a life cycle assessment approach  

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Many current organic arable agriculture systems are challenged by a dependency on imported livestock manure from conventional agriculture. At the same time organic agriculture aims at being climate friendly. A life cycle assessment is used in this paper to compare the carbon footprints of different organic arable crop rotations with different sources of N supply. Data from long-term field experiments at three different locations in Denmark were used to analyse three different organic cropping systems (â??Slurryâ??, â??Biogasâ?? and â??Mulchingâ??), one conventional cropping system (â??Conventionalâ??) and a â??No inputâ? system as reference systems. The â??Slurryâ?? and â??Conventionalâ?? rotations received slurry and mineral fertilizer, respectively, whereas the â??No inputâ?? was unfertilized. The â??Mulchingâ?? and â??Biogasâ?? rotations had one year of grass-clover instead of a faba bean crop. The grass-clover biomass was incorporated in the soil in the â??Mulchingâ?? rotation and removed and used for biogas production in the â??Biogasâ?? rotation (and residues from biogas production were simulated to be returned to the field). A method was suggested for allocating effects of fertility building crops in life cycle assessments. The results showed significantly lower carbon footprint of the crops from the â??Biogasâ?? rotation (assuming that biogas replaces fossil gas) whereas the remaining crop rotations had comparable carbon footprints per kg cash crop. The study showed considerable contributions caused by the green manure crop (grass-clover) and highlights the importance of analysing the whole crop rotation and including soil carbon changes when estimating carbon footprints of organic crops especially where green manure crops are included.

Knudsen, Marie Trydeman; Meyer-Aurich, A

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Dinâmica e contribuição da micorriza arbuscular em sistemas de produção com rotação de culturas Dynamics and contribution of arbuscular mycorrhiza in culture systems with crop rotation  

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Full Text Available Rotação de culturas e variações sazonais podem promover alterações quantitativas e qualitativas na comunidade de fungos micorrízicos arbusculares nativos e na formação da micorriza arbuscular. Essa dinâmica foi avaliada, em campo, num Latossolo Vermelho, em relação ao tempo de cultivo e variação sazonal, em sistemas de rotação de culturas. Em casa de vegetação, avaliou-se, em solo proveniente da área experimental, a contribuição da micorriza arbuscular no crescimento de soja e capim-andropógon utilizados na rotação. O número de esporos dos fungos aumentou no solo cultivado. O número de esporos e o porcentual de colonização radicular, inicialmente maiores sob pastagem, variaram de acordo com o tempo de cultivo, as estações seca e chuvosa, a cultura e o sistema de rotação utilizados. O número de gêneros e espécies aumentou com o tempo de cultivo e manejo de culturas e foi maior sob culturas anuais em rotação. A presença dos fungos no solo contribuiu no crescimento da soja e do capim-andropógon em 53% e 95%, respectivamente. A cultura e o sistema de cultivo são fatores determinantes para o enriquecimento do sistema com micorriza arbuscular.Crop rotation and seasonal variations can promote quantitative and qualitative changes in the indigenous arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi population in the soil and arbuscular mycorrhiza establishment. These fungi dynamics were evaluated in the field, in a Red Latosol, in relation to cropping time, seasonal variation and rotation systems. The contribution of arbuscular mycorrhiza to the growth of andropogon grass and soybean, which were used in the systems, was evaluated in a greenhouse experiment using soil from the experimental area. The number of spores of the fungi increased in the cultivated soil. The spores number and percent root colonization varied according to cropping time, soil moisture, crops and rotation system and were, initially, higher under pasture. The number of genus and species increased according to cropping time and culture management and was higher under annual crops in rotation. The presence of these fungi in the soil contributed 53% and 95% to the growth of soybean and andropogon grass, respectively. Crops and cultivation system are crucial for the system's enrichment in arbuscular mycorrhiza.

Jeanne Christine Claessen de Miranda

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Regulation of Population Densities of Heterodera cajani and Other Plant-Parasitic Nematodes by Crop Rotations on Vertisols, in Semi-Arid Tropical Production Systems in India  

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The significance of double crop (intercrop and sequential crop), single crop (rainy season crop fallow from June to September), and rotations on densities of Heterodera cajani, Helicotylenchus retusus, and Rotylenchulus reniformis was studied on Vertisol (Typic Pellusterts) between 1987 and 1993. Cowpea (Vigna sinensis), mungbean (Phaseolus aureus), and pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) greatly increased the population densities of H. cajani and suppressed the population densities of other plant-para...

Sharma, S. B.; Rego, T. J.; Mohiuddin, M.; Rao, V. N.

1996-01-01

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Delivering the barebones for designing more weed suppressive crop rotations  

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Even though crop rotation is often regarded as an important component of weed management, tools for optimising the weed-suppressive character of crop rotations are lacking. The long-term character of this strategy and the variety of weed-promoting and weed-suppressing conditions and events that are involved, complicate this matter. For this reason, a modelling framework was developed to help identify the main determinants of the effectiveness of crop rotations from a weed management perspecti...

Bastiaans, L.; Berghuijs, H. N. C.

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Lucratividade e risco de sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação e sucessão de culturas Profitability and risk of soil tillage and crop rotation and succession systems  

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Full Text Available Sistemas de rotação e de sucessão de culturas reduzem o nível de risco pela diversificação da produção. De 1994/95 a 1997/98, foram avaliados sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação e sucessão de culturas, em Passo Fundo, RS. Os tratamentos consistiram em quatro sistemas de manejo de solo - 1 plantio direto, 2 cultivo mínimo, 3 preparo convencional de solo com arado de discos e 4 preparo convencional de solo com arado de aivecas - em três sistemas de rotação e sucessão de culturas: sistema I (trigo/soja, sistema II (trigo/soja e ervilhaca/sorgo ou milho e sistema III (trigo/soja, ervilhaca/sorgo ou milho e aveia branca/soja. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos ao acaso, com parcelas subdivididas e três repetições. A parcela principal foi constituída pelos sistemas de manejo de solo e as subparcelas pelos sistemas de rotação e sucessão de culturas. Foram aplicados à receita líquida nos sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação e sucessão de culturas dois tipos de análise: análise da média variância e análise de risco. Pela análise da média variância, foi possível separar o plantio direto e o cultivo mínimo como as melhores alternativas a serem oferecidas ao agricultor, por apresentarem maior lucratividade. Pela análise da dominância estocástica, foi possível separar o plantio direto e a rotação de culturas com dois invernos sem trigo como os tratamentos mais lucrativos e de menor risco.Crop rotation and succession systems lesser the risk level due to diversification of cultivities. Soil tillage and crop rotation and succession systems were assessed in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil, from 1994/95 to 1997/98. Four soil tillage systems - 1 no-tillage, 2 minimum tillage, 3 conventional tillage using a disk plow, and 4 conventional tillage using a moldboard plow - and three crop rotation and succession systems [system I (wheat/soybean, system II (wheat/soybean and common vetch/sorghum or corn, and system III (wheat/soybean, common vetch/sorghum or corn, and white oats/soybean] were compared. An experimental design of randomized blocks with split-plots and three replications was used. The main plot was formed by the soil tillage systems, while the split-plots consisted of the crop rotation and succession systems. Two types of analysis were applied to the net return of soil tillage and crop rotation and succession systems: mean-variance and risk analysis. By the mean-variance analysis, no-tillage and minimum tillage, which presented higher net return, were the best alternatives to be offered to the farmer. By the stochastic dominance analysis, no-tillage and crop rotation with two winters without wheat showed the highest profit and the lowest risk.

Henrique Pereira dos Santos

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Agroecosystem Optimization by Crop Rotation, Catch Crop and Manure in Organic Farming  

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To analyse the influence of crop rotations with a different ratio of nitrogen-fixing crops, catch crops and fertilisation with organic fertilisers on the following: 1. Soil enzyme activity; 2. Agrochemical properties of the soil and nitrogen balance; 3. Weed response; 4. Weed seed bank in the soil; 5. Crop yield and productivity.

Balnyte?, Skirmante?

2011-01-01

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Tropical rotation crops influence nematode densities and vegetable yields.  

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The effects of eight summer rotation crops on nematode densities and yields of subsequent spring vegetable crops were determined in field studies conducted in north Florida from 1991 to 1993. The crop sequence was as follows: (i) rotation crops during summer 1991; (ii) cover crop of rye (Secale cereale) during winter 1991-92; (iii) 'Lemondrop L' squash (Cucurbita pepo) during spring 1992; (iv) rotation crops during summer 1992; (v) rye during winter 1992-93; (vi) 'Classic' eggplant (Solanum melongena) during spring 1993. The eight summer crop rotation treatments were as follows: 'Hale' castor (Ricinus communis), velvetbean (Mucuna deeringiana), sesame (Sesamum indicum), American jointvetch (Aeschynomene americana), weed fallow, 'SX- 17' sorghum-sudangrass (Sorghum bicolor x S. sudanense), 'Kirby' soybean (Glycine max), and 'Clemson Spineless' okra (Hibiscus esculentus) as a control. Rotations with castor, velvetbean, American jointvetch, and sorghum-sudangrass were most effective in maintaining the lowest population densities of Meloidogyne spp. (a mixture of M. incognita race 1 and M. arenaria race 1), but Paratrichodorus minor built up in the sorghum-sudangrass rotation. Yield of squash was lower (P rotation crops evaluated here may be useful for managing nematodes in the field and for improving yields of subsequent vegetable crops. PMID:19279897

McSorley, R; Dickson, D W; de Brito, J A; Hochmuth, R C

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Weed management in short rotation poplar and herbaceous perennial crops grown for biofuel production  

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Weed management is a key element of any crop production system. Weeds are a particular problem in the production of short rotation woody and perennial herbaceous biomass crops due to the shortage of registered herbicides and integrated weed management systems. Herbicides will be an important component of weed management of biomass crops. However, producers should take a broader view of weeds and incorporate all available weed management tactics in these production systems. In both short rotation poplar and herbaceous perennial crops, weed control during the establishment period is most critical. New plantings of these species grow very slowly and do not compete well with weeds until a canopy develops. Effective weed control can double the growth of short rotation poplar crops and affect the variability of the resulting stand. In crops like switchgrass, uncontrolled weeds during establishment can result in stand failure. Cultural practices such as site preparation, using weed-free seed, fallowing, selecting the proper planting dates, companion crops and controlling weeds in previous crops must be combined with herbicides to develop integrated management systems. Weeds may also cause problems in established stands through competition with the biomass crop and by contaminating the product. Effective and economical weed management systems will be essential for the development of short rotation woody and herbaceous perennial biomass crop production systems. (Author)

Buhler, D.D. [USDA-Agricultural Research Service National Soil Tilth Lab., Ames, IA (United States); Netzer, D.A.; Riemenschneider, D.E. [USDA-Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Lab., Rhinelander, WI (United States); Hartzler, R.G. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Agrimony

1998-12-31

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Nitrogen and phosphorus effluent loads from a paddy-field district adopting collective crop rotation.  

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Japanese paddy rice systems commonly adopt the rotation of vegetables, wheat and soybeans with paddy rice. Crop rotation may, however, increase the nutrient load in effluent discharged from the district because more fertilizer is applied to the rotation crops than is applied to paddy crops. We investigated a paddy-field district subject to collective crop rotation and quantified the annual nutrient load of effluent from the district in three consecutive years. The total annual exports of nitrogen and phosphorus over the investigation period ranged from 30.3 to 40.6 kg N ha(-1) and 2.62 to 3.13 kg P ha(-1). The results suggest that rotation cropping increases the effluent nutrient load because applied fertilizer is converted to nitrate, and surface runoff is increased due to the absence of shuttering boards at the field outlets. PMID:22797237

Hama, T; Aoki, T; Osuga, K; Sugiyama, S; Iwasaki, D

2012-01-01

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Rotylenchulus reniformis Management in Cotton with Crop Rotation  

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One-year crop rotations with corn or highly resistant soybean were evaluated at four locations for their effect on Rotylenchulus reniformis population levels and yield of a subsequent cotton crop. Four nematicide (aldicarb) regimes were included at two of the locations, and rotation with reniform-susceptible soybean was included at the other two locations. One-year rotations to corn or resistant soybean resulted in lower R. reniformis population levels (P ? 0.05) than those found in cotton ...

Davis, R. F.; Koenning, S. R.; Kemerait, R. C.; Cummings, T. D.; Shurley, W. D.

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Rotação de culturas para cevada, após dez anos: efeitos na fertilidade do solo Crop rotation systems for barley, after ten years: effects on soil fertiliy  

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Full Text Available A fertilidade do solo foi avaliada, após dez anos (1984 a 1994, num latossolo bruno álico, em Guarapuava, PR, Brasil, em quatro sistemas de rotação de culturas para cevada: sistema I (cevada/ soja; sistema II (cevada/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1984 a 1989, e cevada/soja e aveia branca/soja, de 1990 a 1993; sistema III (cevada/soja, linho/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1984 a 1989, e cevada/soja, ervilhaca/milho e aveia branca/soja, de 1990 a 1993; e sistema IV (cevada/soja, linho/soja, aveia branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho. Através de contrastes, foram comparados os sistemas e as profundidades de amostragem de solo. Os sistemas de rotação de culturas para cevada, sob plantio direto, elevaram os valores de matéria orgânica, de P e de K, principalmente na camada 0 a 5cm. Os valores de pH, de Ca+Mg, de matéria orgânica, de P e de K foram mais elevados na camada 0 a 5cm, em comparação aos verificados na camada 15 a 20cm. Tendência inversa foi observada para os teores de Al trocável.Soil fertility parameters were evaluated after ten years (1984 to 1994 of no-tiliage cropping in a latossolo bruno álico, in Guarapuava, state of Paraná, Brazil, under four barley crop rotation systems as follows: system I (barley/soybean; system II (barley/soybean and common vetch/corn, from 1984 to 1989, and barley/soybean and white oats/soybean, from 1990 to 1993; system III (barley/soybean, flax/soybean, and common vetch/corn, from 1984 to 1989, and barley/soybean, common vetch/corn, and white oats/soybean, from 1990 to 1993; and system IV (barley/soybean, flax/soybean, white oats/ soybean and common vetch/corn. Crop systems and soil samples at dijferent depths were compared using the contrast procedure. Barley crop rotation systems, under no-till, raised organic matter. P, and K contents, chiefly in the 0 to 5cm layer. Higher pH and Ca+Mg values were observed in the soil layer 0 to 5cm, as compared to the 15 to 20cm layer. The opposite was observed for exchangeable Al contents.

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The role of short-rotation woody crops in sustainable development  

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One answer to increase wood production is by increasing management intensity on existing timberland, especially in plantation forests. Another is to convert land currently in agriculture to timberland. Short-rotation woody crops can be used in both cases. But, what are the environmental consequences? Short-rotation woody crops can provide a net improvement in environmental quality at both local and global scales. Conversion of agricultural land to short-rotation woody crops can provide the most environmental quality enhancement by reducing erosion, improving soil quality, decreasing runoff, improving groundwater quality, and providing better wildlife habitat. Forest products companies can use increased production from intensively managed short-rotation woody crop systems to offset decreased yield from the portion of their timberland that is managed less intensively, e.g. streamside management zones and other ecologically sensitive or unique areas. At the global scale, use of short-rotation woody crops for bioenergy is part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gases produced by burning fossil fuels. Incorporating short-rotation woody crops into the agricultural landscape also increases storage of carbon in the soil, thus reducing atmospheric concentrations. In addition, use of wood instead of alternatives such as steel, concrete, and plastics generally consumes less energy and produces less greenhouse gases. Cooperative research can be used to achieve energy, fiber, and environmental goals. This paper will highlight several examples of ongoing cooperative research projects that seek to enhance the environmental aspects of short-rotation woody crop systems. Government, industry, and academia are conducting research to study soil quality, use of mill residuals, nutrients in runoff and groundwater, and wildlife use of short-rotation woody crop systems in order to assure the role of short-rotation crops as a sustainable way of meeting society`s needs.

Shepard, J.P. [National Council of the Paper Industry for Air and Stream Improvement, Medford, MA (United States); Tolbert, V.R. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

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GRAIN STEAM OF CULTIVATED CROP ROTATIONS EFFICIENCY INCREASE IN VOLGOGRAD REGION IN CHESTNUT SOILS CONDITIONS ?????????? ?????????????? ?????????????????? ???????????? ? ???????? ?????????? ???? ????????????? ???????  

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Full Text Available On the basis of the researches aimed on improving of nutritional regime of chestnut soils in the system of field crop rotations, at the same time with traditional cultivation, it can be recommended to use direct sowing

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Evaluation of Maize Yield in an On-Farm Maize-Soybean and Maize-Lablab Crop Rotation Systems in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria  

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An attempt was made to solving the problem of shortfall of fertilizer to maize production in the Northern Guinea Savanna (NGS) of Nigeria by harnessing the potentials of legume/cereal crop rotation in on-farm trials. The yield of maize that succeeded two soybean varieties and Lablab in a two-cycle of soybean/maize and Lablab/maize crop rotation in NGS Nigeria was assessed in researcher-managed and farmer-managed plots. Though maize that followed the soybean received between 5 kg...

Okogun, J. A.; Sanginga, N.; Abaidoo, R. C.

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Sustainable soil fertility management in Westsik's crop rotation experiment  

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High input agriculture is relatively new in Hungary. Crop rotation was introduced in the XIX. century, extensive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides became important only in the second half of the last century. Agricultural production has become efficient per unit of human labour and per unit of land. However, when efficiency is measured against other criteria - capital, fossil fuel, energy, economic or social equity - the results are less clear. The crop rotation experiment establishe...

Rusu, Mihai Cornel; Lazányi János (1951-) (mez?gazdász)

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Sistemas de preparo do solo e rotação de culturas na produtividade de milho, soja e trigo / Tillage systems and crop rotation on yield of corn, soybean and wheat  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Com este trabalho, objetivou-se determinar quanto os sistemas de preparo do solo e as rotações de culturas afetam a produtividade de grãos do milho, da soja e do trigo. O experimento foi conduzido em um Latossolo Vermelho distrófico, em área irrigada por pivô central, na EMBRAPA Arroz e Feijão, em S [...] anto Antônio de Goiás, GO, por seis anos, setembro de 1992 a setembro de 1998, durante os quais foram feitos 12 cultivos e comparados três sistemas de preparo do solo: a) aração com arado de aiveca, realizada em novembro-dezembro e em maio-junho; b) aração com grade aradora, em ambos os períodos, e c) plantio direto e quatro rotações de cultura: 1) milho-feijão; 2) soja-trigo; 3) soja-trigo-soja-feijão-arroz-feijão e 4) milho-feijão-milho-feijão-arroz-feijão. As culturas de arroz, soja e milho, foram semeadas em novembro-dezembro e as de feijão e trigo, em maio-junho. Para efeito do estudo, consideraram-se somente as culturas do milho, da soja e do trigo. O sistema de preparo do solo não afetou a produtividade de soja mas, sim, a de milho e de trigo, tendo o preparo com arado propiciado maiores produtividades em comparação com o plantio direto. As diferenças entre o plantio direto e os demais sistemas de preparo do solo, com relação à produtividade acumulada relativa de milho, diminuíram com o tempo de cultivo. Não houve efeito da rotação de culturas sobre a produtividade das culturas estudadas. Abstract in english The objective of this study was to determine how much soil tillage and crop rotation affected grain yield of corn, soybean and wheat. The study was carried out at EMBRAPA (Rice and Beans), in Santo Antônio de Goiás, GO, Brazil, in a Red Latosol (Oxisol), under center pivot irrigation system, for six [...] consecutive years. During the experimentation, 12 crops were cultivated. The tillage treatments were a) moldboard plough, b) harrow disc and c) no-tillage. The crop rotations were 1) corn-bean, 2) soybean-wheat, 3) soybean-wheat-soybean-bean-upland rice-bean and 4) corn-bean-corn bean-upland rice-bean. Rice, soybean and corn were sown in November/December and bean and wheat in May/June. For this study, only corn, soybean and wheat were considered. Soil tillage affected corn and wheat yields but did not affect soybean yield. Corn and wheat yields under mouldboard plough were higher than under no-tillage. The differences among no-tillage and the other tillage systems in relation to relative accumulative corn yield decreased as the cultivation period increased. Crop rotations did not affect the crop yields.

Silveira, Pedro M. da; Stone, Luís F..

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Sistemas de preparo do solo e rotação de culturas na produtividade de milho, soja e trigo Tillage systems and crop rotation on yield of corn, soybean and wheat  

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Full Text Available Com este trabalho, objetivou-se determinar quanto os sistemas de preparo do solo e as rotações de culturas afetam a produtividade de grãos do milho, da soja e do trigo. O experimento foi conduzido em um Latossolo Vermelho distrófico, em área irrigada por pivô central, na EMBRAPA Arroz e Feijão, em Santo Antônio de Goiás, GO, por seis anos, setembro de 1992 a setembro de 1998, durante os quais foram feitos 12 cultivos e comparados três sistemas de preparo do solo: a aração com arado de aiveca, realizada em novembro-dezembro e em maio-junho; b aração com grade aradora, em ambos os períodos, e c plantio direto e quatro rotações de cultura: 1 milho-feijão; 2 soja-trigo; 3 soja-trigo-soja-feijão-arroz-feijão e 4 milho-feijão-milho-feijão-arroz-feijão. As culturas de arroz, soja e milho, foram semeadas em novembro-dezembro e as de feijão e trigo, em maio-junho. Para efeito do estudo, consideraram-se somente as culturas do milho, da soja e do trigo. O sistema de preparo do solo não afetou a produtividade de soja mas, sim, a de milho e de trigo, tendo o preparo com arado propiciado maiores produtividades em comparação com o plantio direto. As diferenças entre o plantio direto e os demais sistemas de preparo do solo, com relação à produtividade acumulada relativa de milho, diminuíram com o tempo de cultivo. Não houve efeito da rotação de culturas sobre a produtividade das culturas estudadas.The objective of this study was to determine how much soil tillage and crop rotation affected grain yield of corn, soybean and wheat. The study was carried out at EMBRAPA (Rice and Beans, in Santo Antônio de Goiás, GO, Brazil, in a Red Latosol (Oxisol, under center pivot irrigation system, for six consecutive years. During the experimentation, 12 crops were cultivated. The tillage treatments were a moldboard plough, b harrow disc and c no-tillage. The crop rotations were 1 corn-bean, 2 soybean-wheat, 3 soybean-wheat-soybean-bean-upland rice-bean and 4 corn-bean-corn bean-upland rice-bean. Rice, soybean and corn were sown in November/December and bean and wheat in May/June. For this study, only corn, soybean and wheat were considered. Soil tillage affected corn and wheat yields but did not affect soybean yield. Corn and wheat yields under mouldboard plough were higher than under no-tillage. The differences among no-tillage and the other tillage systems in relation to relative accumulative corn yield decreased as the cultivation period increased. Crop rotations did not affect the crop yields.

Pedro M. da Silveira

2003-08-01

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Maize nitrogen fertilization in two crop rotation systems under no-till / Adubação nitrogenada para o milho em dois sistemas de rotação de culturas sob plantio direto  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese Com o objetivo de avaliar o parcelamento de doses de nitrogênio (N), aplicadas na semeadura e em cobertura do milho, com e sem rotação de culturas, em semeadura direta, foi realizado um experimento com seis doses de N na semeadura (0, 20, 30, 40, 50 e 60 kg ha-1), combinadas com três doses em cobert [...] ura (40, 70, 100 kg ha-1) e dois sistemas de manejo: após cinco cultivos de milho e com rotação de culturas (milho+soja+aveia+soja+milho), em delineamento de blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. O sistema de rotação de culturas proporcionou incremento de aproximadamente 7%, no rendimento de grãos, em relação ao da área sem rotação. O parcelamento da adubação nitrogenada, com doses acima de 39 e 54 kg ha-1, na semeadura, com 70 e 40 kg ha-1, em cobertura, respectivamente, resultou em produtividade superior à obtida com aplicação de 100 kg ha-1, em cobertura. O rendimento de grãos foi maior com o parcelamento da dose de 50 e 70 kg ha-1 de N, na semeadura e cobertura, em comparação com o obtido com o parcelamento de 20 e 100 kg ha-1, na semeadura e cobertura, respectivamente. A dose de 70 kg ha-1 de N em cobertura apresentou maior produtividade de grãos com menor custo, em comparação com os rendimentos e custos verificados em relação às doses de 40 e 100 kg ha-1. Abstract in english The objective of this study was to evaluate split nitrogen (N) fertilization of maize applied in band at sowing and top dressing with and without crop rotation, under no-till. The experiment was conducted with six N rates at sowing (0, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 kg ha-1) combined with three rates in top [...] dressing (40, 70, 100 kg ha-1) and two management systems: after five cropping sequences of maize and crop rotation (maize + soybean + oat + soybean + corn) in a randomized block design with four replications. The crop rotation system increased yield in approximately 7% in relation to the area without rotation. The split of nitrogen fertilization, in rates above 39 and 54 kg ha-1 at sowing and 70 and 40 kg ha-1 in top dressing, resulted in yield higher than that obtained with the application of 100 kg ha-1 in top dressing. Grain yield was higher with the rates 50 and 70 kg ha-1 of N compared with that obtained with 20 and 100 kg ha-1 at sowing and top dressing, respectively. The rate 70 kg ha-1 of N resulted in the highest yield at the lowest cost compared with the revenues and costs incurred with the rates 40 and 100 kg ha-1.

Lana, Maria do Carmo; Czycza, Rodrigo Vianei; Rosset, Jean Sérgio; Frandoloso, Jucenei Fernando.

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Weed control through crop rotation and alternative management practices  

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Full Text Available Economic as well as agricultural and socio-political changes have an impact on crop management and thus also on crop rotation design and the related effects on the weed flora. Likewise other changes in cultivation such as reduced tillage practices, earlier sowing date, etc. cause an increase in weed infestation resp. an increased use of herbicides and if so contribute to herbicide resistance. The positive effects of crop rotation, but also of alternative management practices such as choice of varieties, catch crops, mixed cropping, green chop, and the share of predators, as well as methods of direct non-chemical weed control are presented and discussed for both, conventional and organic farming. If alternative management methods should be more practiced, especially trade-offs need to be broken, or incentives be offered.

Böhm, Herwart

2014-02-01

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Crop rotation biomass and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi effects on sugarcane yield  

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Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is an important crop for sugar production and agro-energy purposes in Brazil. In the sugarcane production system after a 4- to 8-year cycle crop rotation may be used before replanting sugarcane to improve soil conditions and give an extra income. This study had the objective of characterizing the biomass and the natural colonization of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) of leguminous green manure and sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) in rotation with sugarcane. Their effect on stalk and sugar yield of sugarcane cv. IAC 87-3396 grown subsequently was also studied. Cane yield was harvested in three subsequent cuttings. Peanut cv. IAC-Caiapo, sunflower cv. IAC-Uruguai and velvet bean (Mucuna aterrimum Piper and Tracy) were the rotational crops that resulted in the greater percentage of AMF. Sunflower was the specie that most extracted nutrients from the soil, followed by peanut cv. IAC-Tatu and mung bean (Vigna radiata L. Wilczek). The colonization with AMF had a positive correlation with sugarcane plant height, at the first cut (p = 0.01 and R = 0.52) but not with the stalk or cane yields. Sunflower was the rotational crop that brought about the greatest yield increase of the subsequent sugarcane crop: 46% increase in stalk yield and 50% in sugar yield compared with the control. Except for both peanut varieties, all rotational crops caused an increase in net income of the cropping system in the average of three sugarcane harvests. (author)

Ambrosano, Edmilson Jose; Rossi, Fabricio; Guirado, Nivaldo; Teramoto, Juliana Rolim Salome [Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios (APTA), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Polo Regional Centro Sul; Azcon, Rozario [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Granada (Spain). Estacao Experimental de Zaidin; Cantarela, Heitor [Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios (APTA/IAC), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. Agronomico. Centro de Solos e Recursos Ambientais; Ambrosano, Glaucia Maria Bovi [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Odontologia. Dept. de Odontologia Social], Email: ambrosano@apta.sp.gov.br; Schammass, Eliana Aparecida [Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios (APTA/IZ), Nova Odessa, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Zootecnia; Muraoka, Takashi; Trivelin, Paulo Cesar Ocheuze [Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA/USP), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil); Ungaro, Maria Regina Goncalves [Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios (APTA/IAC), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. Agronomico. Centro de Plantas Graniferas

2010-07-01

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Influence of crop rotation and tillage intensity on soil physical properties and functions  

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Soil tillage intensity can vary concerning tillage depth, frequency, power input into the soil and degree of soil turn-over. Conventional tillage systems where a plough is regularly used to turn over the soil can be differentiated from reduced tillage systems without ploughing but with loosening the upper soil and no tillage systems. Between conventional tillage and no tillage is a wide range of more or less reduced tillage systems. In our case the different tillage intensities are not induced by different agricultural machinery or techniques, but result from varying crop rotations with more or less perennial crops and therefore lower or higher tillage frequency. Our experimental area constitutes of quite unstructured substrates, partly heavily compacted. The development of a functioning soil structure and accumulation of nutrients and organic matter are of high importance. Three different crop rotations induce varying tillage intensities and frequencies. The first crop rotation (Alfalfa monoculture) has only experienced seed bed preparation once and subsequently is wheeled once a year to cut and chaff the biomass. The second crop rotation contains perennial and annual crops and has therefore been tilled more often, while the third crop rotation consists only of annual crops with annual seedbed preparation. Our results show that reduced tillage intensity/frequency combined with the intense root growth of Alfalfa creates the most favourable soil physical state of the substrate compared to increased tillage and lower root growth intensity of the other crop rotations. Soil tillage disturbs soil structure development, especially when the substrate is mechanically unstable as in our case. For such problematic locations it is recommendable to reduce tillage intensity and/or frequency to allow the development of soil structure enhanced by root growth and thereby the accumulation of organic matter and nutrients within the rooting zone.

Krümmelbein, Julia

2013-04-01

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Meeting the demand for crop production: the challenge of yield decline in crops grown in short rotations.  

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There is a trend world-wide to grow crops in short rotation or in monoculture, particularly in conventional agriculture. This practice is becoming more prevalent due to a range of factors including economic market trends, technological advances, government incentives, and retailer and consumer demands. Land-use intensity will have to increase further in future in order to meet the demands of growing crops for both bioenergy and food production, and long rotations may not be considered viable or practical. However, evidence indicates that crops grown in short rotations or monoculture often suffer from yield decline compared to those grown in longer rotations or for the first time. Numerous factors have been hypothesised as contributing to yield decline, including biotic factors such as plant pathogens, deleterious rhizosphere microorganisms, mycorrhizas acting as pathogens, and allelopathy or autotoxicity of the crop, as well as abiotic factors such as land management practices and nutrient availability. In many cases, soil microorganisms have been implicated either directly or indirectly in yield decline. Although individual factors may be responsible for yield decline in some cases, it is more likely that combinations of factors interact to cause the problem. However, evidence confirming the precise role of these various factors is often lacking in field studies due to the complex nature of cropping systems and the numerous interactions that take place within them. Despite long-term knowledge of the yield-decline phenomenon, there are few tools to counteract it apart from reverting to longer crop rotations or break crops. Alternative cropping and management practices such as double-cropping or inter-cropping, tillage and organic amendments may prove valuable for combating some of the negative effects seen when crops are grown in short rotation. Plant breeding continues to be important, although this does require a specific breeding target to be identified. This review identifies gaps in our understanding of yield decline, particularly with respect to the complex interactions occurring between the different components of agro-ecosystems, which may well influence food security in the 21(st) Century. PMID:21631700

Bennett, Amanda J; Bending, Gary D; Chandler, David; Hilton, Sally; Mills, Peter

2012-02-01

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Environmental enhancement using short-rotation woody crops and perennial grasses as alternative agricultural crops  

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Short-rotation woody crops and perennial grasses are grown as biomass feedstocks for energy and fiber. When replacing traditional row crops on similar lands, these alternative crops can provide multiple environmental benefits in addition to enhancing rural economies and providing valuable feedstock resources. The Department of Energy is supporting research to address how these crops can provide environmental benefits to soil, water and native wildlife species in addition to providing bioenergy feedstocks. Research is underway to address the potential for biomass crops to provide soil conservation and water quality improvements in crop settings. Replacement of traditional erosive row crops with biomass crops on marginal lands and establishment of biomass plantations as filter strips adjacent to streams and wetlands are being studied. The habitat value of different biomass crops for selected wildlife species is also under study. To date, these studies have shown that in comparison with row crops biomass plantings of both grass and tree crops increased biodiversity of birds; however, the habitat value of tree plantations is not equivalent to natural forests. The effects on native wildlife of establishing multiple plantations across a landscape are being studied. Combining findings on wildlife use of individual plantations with information on the cumulative effects of multiple plantations on wildlife populations can provide guidance for establishing and managing biomass crops to enhance biodiversity while providing biomass feedstocks. Data from site-specific environmental studies can provide input for evaluation of the probable effects of large-scale plantings at both landscape and regional levels of resolution.

Tolbert, V.R. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Schiller, A. [Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education, TN (United States)

1995-12-31

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Effects of Tropical Rotation Crops on Meloidogyne arenaria Population Densities and Vegetable Yields in Microplots  

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The effects of 12 summer crop rotation treatments on population densities of Meloidogyne arenaria race 1 and on yields of subsequent spring vegetable crops were determined in microplots. The crop sequence was: (i) rotation crops during summer 1991 ; (ii) cover crop of rye (Secale cereale) during winter 1991-92; (iii) squash (Cucurbita pepo) during spring 1992; (iv) rotation crops during summer 1992; (v) rye during winter 1992-93; (vi) eggplant (Solanum melongena) during spring 1993. The 12 ro...

Mcsorley, R.; Dickson, D. W.; Brito, J. A.; Hewlett, T. E.; Frederick, J. J.

1994-01-01

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Optimal weed management in crop rotations: incorporating economics is crucial  

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Although the effects of crop rotation sequence and length on weed population dynamics have been studied, it is not clear whether or not the best strategy, from a weed population dynamics point of view, is also the economic optimal strategy. It is also not clear which biological and economic parameters are most important in determining this optimal strategy. We use a density-dependent periodic matrix model, integrated with an economic model, to study the effect of rotation length and weed cont...

Berg, F.; Gilligan, C. A.; Gerdessen, J. C.; Gregoire, L. A. H.; Bosch, F.

2010-01-01

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Produtividade do algodoeiro herbáceo em plantio direto no Cerrado com rotação de culturas Herbaceous cotton yield in no-till system in rainfed Savannah conditions with crop rotation  

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Full Text Available O experimento, instalado em um Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo muito argiloso, teve o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da rotação de culturas na produtividade do algodoeiro herbáceo (Gossypium hirsutum L. r. latifolium Hutch em plantio direto sob condições de sequeiro no Cerrado. O delineamento experimental foi de blocos casualizados com cinco tratamentos e quatro repetições. Os tratamentos consistiram das rotações soja-milheto-soja-milheto-algodoeiro; soja-amaranto-soja-nabo forrageiro-soja-algodoeiro; soja-sorgo granífero-soja-sorgo granífero-algodoeiro; soja-aveia preta-soja-aveia preta-algodoeiro e soja-soja-algodoeiro. A maior produtividade do algodoeiro foi obtida com a rotação de soja e milheto, em que houve melhor controle de plantas daninhas.The experiment was carried out in a heavy red yellow latosol and aimed at evaluating crop rotation on herbaceous cotton yields in no-till system under rainfed Savannah conditions. The experimental design used was a completely randomised blocks with five treatments: soybean-millet-soybean-millet-cotton; soybean-amaranth-soybean-forage radish-soybean-cotton; soybean-grain sorghum-soybean-grain sorghum-cotton; soybean-black rye-soybean-black rye-cotton and soybean-soybean-cotton and four replications. The highest cotton seed yield was obtained in the sequence soybean-millet-soybean-millet-cotton, in which best weed control also occurred.

José Carlos Corrêa

2004-01-01

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Evaluation of maize yield in an on-farm maize-soybean and maize-Lablab crop rotation systems in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria.  

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An attempt was made to solving the problem of shortfall of fertilizer to maize production in the Northern Guinea Savanna (NGS) of Nigeria by harnessing the potentials of legume/cereal crop rotation in on-farm trials. The yield of maize that succeeded two soybean varieties and Lablab in a two-cycle of soybean/maize and Lablab/maize crop rotation in NGS Nigeria was assessed in researcher-managed and farmer-managed plots. Though maize that followed the soybean received between 5 kg N ha(-1) from improved soybean variety (TGx 1448-2E) and 17 kg N ha(-1) from farmer soybean variety (Samsoy-2) as N balance, this did not significantly (p = 0.05) affect the maize yields. The soybean shed 90-100% of its leaves at physiological maturity which resulted in about 110 kg N ha(-1) N uptake. This source of N might be one of the factors responsible for the increase in maize yield that followed soybean (20 to 24%) compared with continuous maize yield plot. Maize yield in previous Lablab plot was significantly (p = 0.05) higher than in all other treatments. Maize yield in farmer-managed plot ranged between 0.13 and 4.53 t ha(-1), maize yield in researcher-managed plot was over 200% higher than maize yield in farmer-managed plot because of poor crop management on the part of the farmer. PMID:19090251

Okogun, J A; Sanginga, N; Abaidoo, R C

2007-11-01

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Evaluation of Maize Yield in an On-Farm Maize-Soybean and Maize-Lablab Crop Rotation Systems in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria  

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Full Text Available An attempt was made to solving the problem of shortfall of fertilizer to maize production in the Northern Guinea Savanna (NGS of Nigeria by harnessing the potentials of legume/cereal crop rotation in on-farm trials. The yield of maize that succeeded two soybean varieties and Lablab in a two-cycle of soybean/maize and Lablab/maize crop rotation in NGS Nigeria was assessed in researcher-managed and farmer-managed plots. Though maize that followed the soybean received between 5 kg N ha-1 from improved soybean variety (TGx 1448-2E and 17 kg N ha-1 from farmer soybean variety (Samsoy-2 as N balance, this did not significantly (p = 0.05 affect the maize yields. The soybean shed 90-100% of its leaves at physiological maturity which resulted in about 110 kg N ha-1 N uptake. This source of N might be one of the factors responsible for the increase in maize yield that followed soybean (20 to 24% compared with continuous maize yield plot. Maize yield in previous Lablab plot was significantly (p = 0.05 higher than in all other treatments. Maize yield in farmer-managed plot ranged between 0.13 and 4.53 t ha-1, maize yield in researcher-managed plot was over 200% higher than maize yield in farmer-managed plot because of poor crop management on the part of the farmer.

J.A. Okogun

2007-01-01

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Environmental enhancement using short-rotation woody crops and perennial grasses as alternative agricultural crops  

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Short-rotation woody crops and perennial grasses are grown as biomass feedstocks for energy and fiber. When replacing traditional row crops on similar lands, these alternative crops can provide multiple environmental benefits in addition to enhancing rural economies and providing valuable resources. The DOE is supporting research to address how these crops can provide environmental benefits to soil, water, and native wildlife species in addition to providing bioenergy feedstocks. Research is underway to address the potential for biomass crops to provide soils conservation and water quality improvements in crop settings. Replacement of traditional erosive row drops with biomass crops on marginal lands and establishment of biomass plantations as filter strips adjacent to streams and wetlands are being studied. The habitat value of different crops for wildlife species is also considered. Combining findings on wildlife use of individual plantations with information on the cumulative effects of multiple plantations on wildlife populations can provide guidance for establishing and managing biomass crops to enhance biodiversity while providing feedstocks. Data from site-specific environmental studies can provide input for evaluation of the effects of large-scale plantings at both landscape and regional levels of resolution.

Tolbert, V.R. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Schiller, A. [Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education, TN (United States)

1996-10-01

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Irrigation treatments, water use efficiency and crop sustainability in cereal-forage rotations in Mediterranean environment  

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Full Text Available Agricultural systems based on crop rotation are beneficial to crop sustainability and productivity. Wheat-forage rotations combined with irrigation are the agronomic techniques best able to exploit Mediterranean environmental conditions. This paper describes a long-term field trial to ascertain the effect of combined irrigation and durum wheat-forage rotations on crop yield and soil chemical properties. The two forage crops: annual grass-clover winter binary mixture and perennial lucerne were carried out through 1991-2008 under rainfed and irrigated treatments. The experiments were used to highlight the effect of irrigation and wheat-forage crop rotations on water use efficiency (WUE and sustainability of organic matter (OM in topsoil. Irrigation increased the dry matter (DM of annual binary mixture and lucerne by 49.1% and 66.9%, respectively. Continuous wheat rotation reduced seed yield (SY, stability of production, and crude protein (CP characteristics of kernel and OM in topsoil. The yearly gain in wheat after forage crops was 0.04 t (ha yr-1 under rainfed and 0.07 t (ha yr-1 under irrigation treatments. The CP and soil OM of wheat forage crops rotations, compared with those of continuous wheat under rainfed and irrigated was a 0.8 and 0.5 % increase in CP and 5.1 and 4.4 in OM, respectively. The rotations of annual grass-clover winter binary mixture and lucerne meadow under both irrigated treatments increased the OM over continuous wheat (9.3 % and 8.5 in annual grass-clover winter binary mixture and 12.5 and 9.5 lucerne meadow under rainfed and irrigation, respectively. Irrigation reduced the impact of weather on crop growing, reducing water use efficiency (mean over rotations for DM production (15.5 in meadow and 17.5 in annual grass-clover winter binary mixture [L water (kg DM-1] and wheat SY. However, the agronomic benefits achieved by forage crops in topsoil are exhausted after three years of continuous wheat rotation.

Salvatore Claps

2012-10-01

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The Effects of Weed-Crop Competition on Nutrient Uptake as Affected by Crop Rotation and Fertilizers  

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A field study at the Agricultural University of Timiriazev, Moscow, was conducted to determine the effect of crop rotation and Long-term fertilizer application on differences in the competitive ability of spring barley and weeds to nutrient uptake in 2004 and 2005. Spring barley was cultivated in continuous and in crop rotation with winter rye, potato, clover, flax and fallow, with and without NPK application since 1912. Spring barley, especially in no fertilizer plots grown in crop rotation ...

Hamid Reza Mohammaddoust-e-Chamanabad Mohammaddoust-e-Chamanabad; Ali Asghari; Aleksander Mikhailovic Tulikov

2007-01-01

 
 
 
 
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EFFICIENCY OF FERTILIZATION AND SOIL CULTIVATION IN CROP ROTATION  

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The experiment with the crop rotation: winter wheat, pea, corn, spring barley and cow-grass were founded in 2001- 2004. We examined the effect of the preceding crop, the soil cultivation and fertilization on yield of grain of the main product. The methods of soil cultivation: tillage to the depth of 0.25 m, to the depth of 0.15 m and cultivation where we used disk tools to the depth of 0.10 m. In the variants of fertilization had been used fertilization of the artificial fertilizer with the b...

Candra?kova?, Eva; Pospis?il, Richard; Ondrejc?i?kova?, Zora

2009-01-01

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Energy balance in rainfed herbaceous crops in a semiarid environment for a 15-year experiment. 2. Impact of crop rotations.  

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Energy balances in agriculture production have been widely studied since the 1970s. Researchers have performed detailed energy balances for different crops and farm management systems all over the world in attempts to assess the efficiency and environmental impact of production systems. This work is part of a larger study assessing the effects of three farming systems (conventional, conservation with zero tillage, and organic) and four barley-based crop rotations (barley followed by fallow [B-F], barley in rotation with vetch for hay production [B-V] or sunflower [B-S], and barley monoculture [B-B]), on the energy balance of crop production under the semi-arid conditions over a 15 year period. However, the present work is focused on the crop rotation effect, so farming systems and years are averaged. Experiments were conducted at "La Higueruela" Experimental Farm (4°26' W, 40°04' N, altitude 450 m) (Spanish National Research Council, Santa Olalla, Toledo, central Spain). The climate is semi-arid Mediterranean, with an average seasonal rainfall of 480 mm irregularly distributed. The rotations were simultaneously duplicated to have all phases of each rotation present every year. Results were expressed with respect to one hectare and year for a complete rotation. The energy balance method used required the identification and quantification of all the inputs and outputs implied, and the conversion to energy values by corresponding coefficients. The parameters considered were (i) energy inputs (EI) (diesel, machines, fertilizers, herbicides, seeds) (ii) energy outputs (EO) (energy in the harvested biomass), (iii) net energy produced (NE) (EI - EO), (iv) the energy output/input ratio (O/I), and (v) energy productivity (EP) (Crop yield/EI). Total EI varied from 6.19 GJ ha-1 year-1 for B-F to 11.7 GJ ha-1 year-1 for B-B, that indicates that the energy requirements of barley monoculture (B-B) are almost double those when a fallow period is included in the rotation. Fertilizer was the main energy input, accounting from 52% in B-V to 62% in B-B. EO increased in the order B-B (19.1 GJ ha-1 year-1) ? B-F B-F > B-S > B-B (2.00), indicating the low energy use efficiency of barley monoculture. Vetch was the most energetically efficient crop (yield/input), a result of the low requirements for producing a unit of vetch hay. EP ranged from 360 kg GJ-1 for B-V to 137 kg GJ-1 for B-B. As conclusions and in terms of energy efficiency, cereal monoculture, independent of the crop management system used, appeared to be an energetically unsustainable practice. However, crop rotations, especially those that include a leguminous crop, increase energy efficiency.

Moreno, M. C.; Moreno, M. M.; Lacasta, C.; Tarquis, A. M.; Meco, R.

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Short rotation woody crops: Using agroforestry technology for energy in the United States  

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Agroforestry in the United States is being primarily defined as the process of using trees in agricultural systems for conservation purposes and multiple products. The type of agroforestry most commonly practiced in many parts of the world, that is the planting of tree crops in combination with food crops or pasture, is the type least commonly practiced in the United States. One type of agroforestry technique, which is beginning now and anticipated to expand to several million acres in the United States, is the planting of short-rotation woody crops (SRWCs) primarily to provide fiber and fuel. Research on SRWC's and environmental concerns are described

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Tracking nitrogen losses in a greenhouse crop rotation experiment in North China using the EU-RotateN simulation model  

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Vegetable production in China is associated with high inputs of nitrogen, posing a risk of losses to the environment. Organic matter mineralisation is a considerable source of nitrogen (N) which is hard to quantify. In a two-year greenhouse cucumber experiment with different N treatments in North China, non-observed pathways of the N cycle were estimated using the EU-RotateN simulation model. EU-RotateN was calibrated against crop dry matter and soil moisture data to predict crop N uptake, soil mineral N contents, N mineralisation and N loss. Crop N uptake (Modelling Efficiencies (ME) between 0.80 and 0.92) and soil mineral N contents in different soil layers (ME between 0.24 and 0.74) were satisfactorily simulated by the model for all N treatments except for the traditional N management. The model predicted high N mineralisation rates and N leaching losses, suggesting that previously published estimates of N leaching for these production systems strongly underestimated the mineralisation of N from organic matter. - The EU-RotateN model can satisfactorily simulate crop N uptake and Nmin dynamics in a typical greenhouse cucumber production system of North China

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CONVERSÃO E BALANÇO ENERGÉTICO DE SISTEMAS DE SUCESSÃO E DE ROTAÇÃO DE CULTURAS ENERGY CONVERSION AND BALANCE OF CROP SUCCESSION AND ROTATION SYSTEMS  

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Full Text Available Do ponto de vista calórico, existem poucos trabalhos no Brasil estimando a conversão e o balanço energético. Neste estudo, avaliaram-se a conversão e o balanço energético de sete sistemas de rotação de culturas durante nove anos (1987 a 1995, em Passo Fundo, RS. Os sistemas foram constituídos por: sistema I (trigo/soja; sistema II (trigo/soja, de 1987 a 1989, e trigo/soja e ervilhaca/ milho ou sorgo, de 1990 a 1995; sistema III (trigo/soja, aveia preta ou aveia branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo; sistema IV (trigo/soja, aveia branca/soja, linho/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1987 a 1989, e trigo/soja, girassol ou aveia preta/soja, aveia branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo, de 1990 a 1995; sistema V (trigo/soja, trigo/soja, aveia preta ou aveia branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo; sistema VI (trigo/ soja, trigo/soja, aveia branca/soja, linho/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1987 a 1989, e trigo/soja, trigo/soja, girassol ou aveia preta/soja, aveia branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo, de 1990 a 1995; e VII (pousio de inverno/soja, de 1990 a 1995. No período agrícola de 1987 a 1989, não houve diferenças significativas entre os sistemas de rotação de culturas, em relação à conversão energética e ao balanço energético. Na média do período de 1990 a 1995, o sistema II (8,58 apresentou índice de conversão energética maior do que o do sistema I (5,61, e os demais sistemas não diferiram significativamente entre si. No mesmo período, o balanço energético para os sistemas II (20.938Mcal/ha, III (19.239Mcal/ha, IV (18.618Mcal/ha, V (19.646kg/Mcal e VI (18.702Mcal/ha foi superior ao do sistema VII (10.279Mcal/ha. A rotação de culturas foi mais eficiente, sem aumentar o consumo de energia não renovável.Energy conversion and balance of seven crop rotation systems for wheat were assessed from 1987 to 1995, in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil. The following systems were evaluated: system I (wheat/soybean; system II (wheat/soybean, from 1987 to 1989, and wheat/soybean and common vetch/corn or sorghum, from 1990 to 1995; system III (wheat/soybean, black oats or white oats/soybean, and common vetch/corn or sorghum; system IV (wheat/soybean, white oats/soybean, flax/soybean, and common vetch/corn, from 1987 to 1989, and wheat/soybean, sunflower or black oats/soybean, white oats/soybean, and common vetch/corn or sorghum, from 1990 to 1995; system V (wheat/soybean, wheat/soybean, black oats or white oats/soybean, and common vetch/corn or sorghum; system VI (wheat/soybean, wheat/soybean, white oats/soybean, flax/soybean, and common vetch/corn, from 1987 to 1989, and wheat/soybean, wheat/soybean, sunflower or black oats/soybean, white oats/soybean, and common vetch/corn or sorghum, from 1990 to 1995; and VII (winter fallow/soybean, from 1990 to 1995. On the average from1987 to 1989, no significant differences among rotation systems were observed for energy conversion and energy balance rates. From 1990 to 1995, system II (8.58 showed greater energy conversion index than system I (5.61, and the remaining systems did not differ significantly among themselves. From 1990 to 1995, systems II (20,938Mcal/ha, III (19,239Mcal/ha, IV (18,618Mcal/ha, V (19.646Mcal/ha, and VI (18,702Mcal/ha showed greater energy balance, as compared to system VII (10.279kg/Mcal.

Henrique Pereira dos Santos

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Soil salinization and maize and cowpea yield in the crop rotation system using saline waters Salinização do solo e produtividade de milho e feijão caupi em sistema de rotação cultural utilizando águas salinas  

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The use of saline water and the reuse of drainage water for irrigation depend on long-term strategies that ensure the sustainability of socio-economic and environmental impacts of agricultural systems. In this study, it was evaluated the effects of irrigation with saline water in the dry season and fresh water in the rainy season on the soil salt accumulation yield of maize and cowpea, in a crop rotation system. The experiment was conducted in the field, using a randomized complete block desi...

Lacerda, Claudivan F.; Sousa, Geocleber G.; Silva, Francisco L. B.; Guimara?es, Francisco V. A.; Silva, Giovana L.; Cavalcante, Lourival F.

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HUMUS STATE OF SOILS IN CROP ROTATIONS OF DIFFERENT STRUCTURE ON COMMON BLACK SOILS ???????? ????????? ???? ? ???????????? ????????? ??????????? ?? ?????????? ????????????  

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Full Text Available Based on many years balance studies, the possibility of humus stock maintenance in common black soils for crop rotations of different structures is given in the article. Fertilizer omitted crop rotations with bare fallow and without it, with perennial legumes and small variations in parts of other crop are considered

Novikov A. A.

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Technical and economic analysis of biogas production in Ireland utilising three different crop rotations  

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The Biofuels Directive sets reference values for the quantity of biofuels and other renewable fuels to be placed on the transport market. Biogas from agricultural crops can be used to meet this directive. This paper investigates biogas production for three crop rotations: wheat, barley and sugar beet; wheat, wheat and sugar beet; wheat only. A technical and economic analysis for each crop rotation was carried out. It was found that wheat produces significantly more biogas than either barley or sugar beet, when examined on a weight basis. However sugar beet produces more biogas and subsequently more energy when examined on an area basis. When producing biofuels, land is the limiting factor to the quantity of energy that may be produced. Thus if optimising land then a crop rotation of wheat, wheat and sugar beet should be utilised, as this scenario produced the greatest quantity of energy. This scenario has a production cost of EUR0.90/m{sub N}{sup 3}, therefore, this scenario is competitive with petrol when the price of petrol is at least EUR1.09/l (VAT is charged at 21%). If optimising the production costs then a crop rotation of wheat only should be utilised when the cost of grain is less than EUR132/ton. This scenario has the least production cost at EUR0.83/m{sub N}{sup 3}, therefore, this scenario is competitive with petrol when the price of petrol is at least EUR1.00/l. But as this scenario produces the least quantity of biogas, it also produces the least quantity of energy. In comparing with other works by the authors it is shown that a biomethane system produces more energy from the same crops at a cheaper cost than an ethanol system. (author)

Murphy, J.D. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland); Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork (Ireland); Power, N. [Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork (Ireland)

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Management of short rotation coppice crops of Eucalyptus grandis hill ex maiden  

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Three experiments were carried out in the summer rainfall region of South Africa, to compare in short rotations the survival, growth, form and final timber yields of the initial seedling crop of E. grandis with successive coppice crops managed under different systems of coppice thinning. Mean height was not generally affected by the treatments. Three coppice thinning regimes reduced d.b.h. significantly, one increased d.b.h. Early coppice thinning gave significantly greater d.b.h., the largest diameter being obtained when thinning started before the shoots were 4.3 m and only one shoot was retained in the final crop. Retention of 2 shoots per stool in the final crop considerably increased total volume production per ha. (Refs. 12).

Stubbings, J.A.; Schoenau, A.P.G.

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INFLUÊNCIA DE CULTURAS DE INVERNO SOBRE O RENDIMENTO DE GRÃOS DE SOJA CULTIVADA EM SISTEMAS DE ROTAÇÃO DE CULTURAS INFLUENCE OF WINTER CROPS ON SOYBEAN YIELD IN CROP ROTATION SYSTEMS  

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Full Text Available Durante nove anos, avaliou-se o efeito de diferentes culturas antecessoras sobre o rendimento de grãos e sobre a estatura de plantas de soja, na EMBRAPA-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Trigo (CNPT, em Passo Fundo, RS. Os tratamentos consistiram em sete sistemas de rotação de culturas, e a soja foi semeada em sucessão à aveia branca, à aveia preta, ao linho e ao trigo. Em 1990, foram adicionadas duas parcelas, uma para completar o sistema II e outra para pousio de inverno antecedendo a soja (sistema VII. As culturas de inverno foram estabelecidas com preparo convencional de solo, e as de verão, em plantio direto. O delineamento experimental foi blocos ao acaso, com três repetições, e parcelas com área útil de 30m². A soja cultivada após linho, na média do período de 1987 a 1989, nos sistemas IV e VI, apresentou menor estatura de plantas e menor rendimento de grãos. Nos períodos de 1990 a 1992 e de 1993 a 1995, não houve diferenças significativas entre tipo de cultura antecessora e rendimento de grãos. A soja cultivada após aveia branca, após aveia preta ou após trigo pode ser incluída, sem prejuízo, nos diferentes sistemas estudados.Different preceding crops on the yield and height of soybean plants was assessed during nine years at EMBRAPA-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Trigo (CNPT, in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil. The treatments consisted of seven crop systems, and soybean was sown in succession to white oat, black oat, flax, and wheat. Two plots were added in 1990; one to complement system II and the other as winter fallow preceding soybean (system VII. Winter crops were set up using conventional soil preparation, and summer crops were sown under no-tillage. An experimental design of blocks at random, with three replications and plots totalling 30m², was used. The grown soybean after flax, in the mean of the period 1987 to 1989, in systems IV and VI showed lower plant on height and lower yield. No significant differences were found on the evoluated preceding crops on the yield over the periods 1990 to 1992 and 1993 to 1995. The grown soybean after white oat, black oat or wheat may be included in the different systems studied without any adverse effect.

Henrique Pereira dos Santos

2001-02-01

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The Effects of Weed-Crop Competition on Nutrient Uptake as Affected by Crop Rotation and Fertilizers  

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Full Text Available A field study at the Agricultural University of Timiriazev, Moscow, was conducted to determine the effect of crop rotation and Long-term fertilizer application on differences in the competitive ability of spring barley and weeds to nutrient uptake in 2004 and 2005. Spring barley was cultivated in continuous and in crop rotation with winter rye, potato, clover, flax and fallow, with and without NPK application since 1912. Spring barley, especially in no fertilizer plots grown in crop rotation has greater dry mass than spring barley grown in continuous. While dry weed mass markedly decreased in crop rotation. Decrease dry weeds mass was greater when NPK had applied. The statistical analyses show that when spring barley grew in competition with weeds in the no fertilizer plots, crop rotation significantly increased nutrient content in spring barley, but when fertilizer applied the content of N, P2O5 and K2O in barley did not change. Lowest weeds nutrient content observed where soil fertility was increased by crop rotation and NPK application. Crop rotation significantly increased total nutrient uptake of soils by spring barley, but decreased total nutrient uptake by weeds.

Hamid Reza Mohammaddoust-e-Chamanabad Mohammaddoust-e-Chamanabad

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Efeito de manejos de solo e de rotação de culturas de inverno no rendimento e doenças de trigo / Effect of soil management and of crop rotation systems on wheat yield and diseases  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos de sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação de culturas de inverno sobre o rendimento de grãos e sobre doenças radiculares do trigo. Foram comparados quatro sistemas de manejo de solo: plantio direto, cultivo mínimo, preparo convencional do solo com ar [...] ado de discos mais grade de discos e preparo convencional de solo com arado de aivecas mais grade de discos. Na rotação de culturas, três sistemas foram utilizados: sistema I (trigo/soja), sistema II (trigo/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo) e sistema III (trigo/soja, aveia-preta ou aveia-branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo). O delineamento experimental foi em blocos ao acaso, com parcelas subdivididas e três repetições. A parcela principal foi constituída pelos sistemas de manejo de solo, e as subparcelas, pelos sistemas de rotação de culturas. O rendimento de grãos de trigo cultivado em plantio direto e em cultivo mínimo foi superior ao cultivado após preparo convencional do solo com arado de discos e com arado de aivecas. A rotação de culturas foi eficiente na redução de doenças do sistema radicular, resultando em aumento do rendimento de grãos de trigo. Abstract in english The effects of soil management systems and winter crop rotation on wheat yield and root diseases were assessed. No-tillage, minimum tillage,conventional tillage using a disc plow plus disc harrow, and tillage using a moldboard plow plus disc harrow were the soil managements compared. In crop rotatio [...] n, three systems were used:system I (wheat/soybean), system II (wheat/soybean and common vetch/corn or sorghum), and system III (wheat/soybean, black oats or white oats/soybean, and common vetch/corn or sorghum). A randomized block experimental design, with split-plots and three replicates, was used. The main plots were formed by the soil management systems, while the split-plots consisted of crop rotation systems. Yield of wheat grown under no-tillage and minimum tillage was higher than the yield of wheat grown under conventional soil tillage using either disc plow or moldboard plow. Crop rotation was efficient in reducing root diseases and in increasing wheat yield.

SANTOS, HENRIQUE PEREIRA DOS; LHAMBY, JULIO CESAR BARRENECHE; PRESTES, ARIANO MORAES; LIMA, MARCOS ROBERTO DE.

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Soil organic carbon dynamics and crop yield for different crop rotations in a degraded ferruginous tropical soil in a semi-arid region: a simulation approach.  

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In recent years, simulation models have been used as a complementary tool for research and for quantifying soil carbon sequestration under widely varying conditions. This has improved the understanding and prediction of soil organic carbon (SOC) dynamics and crop yield responses to soil and climate conditions and crop management scenarios. The goal of the present study was to estimate the changes in SOC for different cropping systems in West Africa using a simulation model. A crop rotation experiment conducted in Farakô-Ba, Burkina Faso was used to evaluate the performance of the cropping system model (CSM) of the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) for simulating yield of different crops. Eight crop rotations that included cotton, sorghum, peanut, maize and fallow, and three different management scenarios, one without N (control), one with chemical fertilizer (N) and one with manure applications, were studied. The CSM was able to simulate the yield trends of various crops, with inconsistencies for a few years. The simulated SOC increased slightly across the years for the sorghum-fallow rotation with manure application. However, SOC decreased for all other rotations except for the continuous fallow (native grassland), in which the SOC remained stable. The model simulated SOC for the continuous fallow system with a high degree of accuracy normalized root mean square error (RMSE)=0·001, while for the other crop rotations the simulated SOC values were generally within the standard deviation (s.d.) range of the observed data. The crop rotations that included a supplemental N-fertilizer or manure application showed an increase in the average simulated aboveground biomass for all crops. The incorporation of this biomass into the soil after harvest reduced the loss of SOC. In the present study, the observed SOC data were used for characterization of production systems with different SOC dynamics. Following careful evaluation of the CSM with observed soil organic matter (SOM) data similar to the study presented here, there are many opportunities for the application of the CSM for carbon sequestration and resource management in Sub-Saharan Africa. PMID:22505776

Soler, C M Tojo; Bado, V B; Traore, K; Bostick, W McNair; Jones, J W; Hoogenboom, G

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The effect of soil pH and nutrient content on crop yield and weed infestation in the crop rotation  

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of different soil pH levels, nutrient content and its interaction on the crop productivity in a rotation and on crop weed infestation. During the period 1976-2005 after initial and periodical liming such average soil pH levels of the sixth rotation were formed (2000-2005): 4.1; 5.1; 5.4; 5.9; 6.2 and 6.6. The amount of mobile phosphorus / potassium in the sixth crop rotation was on average 70 / 130 mg kg-1 soil in unfertilized plots. ...

C?iuberkis, Steponas; Konc?ius, Donatas

2006-01-01

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Carbon storage and recycling in short-rotation energy crops  

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Short-rotation energy crops can play a significant role in storing carbon compared to the agricultural land uses they would displace. However, the benefits from these plantations in avoiding further use of fossil fuel and in taking pressure off of native forests for energy uses provides longer term carbon benetfits than the plantation carbon sequestration itself. The fast growth and harvest frequency of plantations tends to limit the amount of above and below-ground carbon storage in them. The primary components of plantation carbon sequestering compared to sustained agricultural practices involve above-ground wood, possible increased soil carbon, litter layer formation, and increased root biomass. On the average, short-rotation plantations in total may increase carbon inventories by about 30 to 40 tonnes per hectare over about a 20- to 56-year period when displacing cropland. This is about doubling in storage over cropland and about one-half the storage in human-impacted forests. The sequestration benefit of wood energy crops over cropland would be negated in about 75 to 100 years by the use of fossil fuels to tend the plantations and handle biomass. Plantation interactions with other land uses and total landscape carbon inventory is important in assessing the relative role plantations play in terrestrial and atmospheric carbon dynamics. It is speculated that plantations, when viewed in this context. could trencrate a global leveling of net carbon emissions for approximately 10 to 20 years

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Influência de rotações de culturas nas propriedades físico-hídricas de um Latossolo Vermelho em plantio direto Influence of crop rotations on the physical-hydrical properties of an oxisol in no-tillage system  

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Full Text Available A adoção do plantio direto, com a inclusão de espécies gramíneas de relação C/N alta, poderá minimizar a degradação estrutural do solo. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a influência da inclusão da braquiária na rotação de culturas nas propriedades físico-hídricas e no conteúdo de matéria orgânica de um Latossolo Vermelho distrófico em plantio direto. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos ao acaso, em parcelas subdivididas, com quatro repetições. As parcelas foram compostas por quatro sistemas de rotação, e as subparcelas, por quatro profundidades de amostragem (0-10; 10-20; 20-40, e 40-60 cm. As culturas utilizadas foram: arroz (A; feijão irrigado (F; milho (M; soja (S, e arroz (A+B, milho (M+B e soja (S+B consorciados com braquiária. Os sistemas de rotação foram: S1 - A/F/M/F/S/F; S2 - A+B/F/M+B/F/S+B/F; S3 - M/F/S/F/S/F, e S4 - M+B/F/S+B/F/S+B/F. Uma área de mata nativa, situada a 500 m do experimento, foi considerada como controle. A inclusão da braquiária na rotação de culturas não afetou a densidade, a macroporosidade e a capacidade de água disponível do solo. A porosidade total e o teor de matéria orgânica do solo foram favorecidos pelas rotações que incluíam maior número de cultivos de soja. A associação de soja com a braquiária contribuiu para a estabilidade dos agregados, e a de gramíneas de verão com a braquiária, para a diminuição da resistência do solo à penetração.The adoption of no-tillage system, with the inclusion of grass species of high C/N relationship, can minimize the structural degradation of the soil. The objective of this research was to evaluate the influence of including Brachiaria in crop rotation systems on the physical-hydric properties and the organic matter content in a Dystrophic Oxisol under no-tillage. The experiment was conducted in a randomized block design, in split plots, with four replications. The plots were composed by four systems of crop rotation and the subplots by four sampling depths (0-10; 10-20; 20-40, and 40-60 cm. The crops were: rice (R; irrigated dry bean (DB; corn (C; soybean (S; rice (R+B, corn (C+B, and soybean (S+B intercropped with Brachiaria. The crop rotation systems were: S1 - R/DB/C/DB/S/DB; S2 - R+B/DB/C+B/DB/S+B/DB; S3 - C/DB/S/DB/S/DB; and S4 - C+B/DB/S+B/DB/S+B/DB. It was considered a native forest, located at 500 m from the experiment, as reference. The inclusion of Brachiaria in crop rotation systems did not affect soil bulk density, macroporosity, and available soil water capacity. Total soil porosity and organic matter content of the soil were favored in the crop rotations that included more number of soybean cultivations. The association of soybean with Brachiaria contributed to the stability of the aggregates and the summer grasses with Brachiaria to reduce the soil resistance to penetration.

Eurâimi de Q. Cunha

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Can non-inversion tillage and straw retainment reduce N leaching in cereal based crop rotations?  

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Finding ways of reducing nitrate leaching in Northern Europe has become an extremely important task, especially under the projected climate changes that are expected to exacerbate the problem. To this end, two field experiments were established under temperate coastal climate conditions to evaluate the effect of tillage, straw retainment and cropping sequences, including cover crops, on nitrate leaching. The experiments were established in autumn 2002 on a loamy sand with 92 g clay kg-1 and a sandy loam with 147 g clay kg-1. The tillage treatments were stubble cultivation to 8-10 cm or 3-4 cm, direct drilling, or ploughing to 20 cm. The hypothesis was that (i) decreasing soil tillage intensity would decrease leaching compared to ploughing, (ii) leaving straw in the field would decrease leaching compared to removing straw, and (iii) a spring/winter crop rotation with catch crops would be more efficient in reducing nitrate leaching than a winter crop rotation. Overall, we were not able to confirm the three hypotheses. The effect of soil tillage on leaching might be blurred because the studied crop rotations had a high proportion of winter crops and because catch crops were grown whenever the alternative would have been bare soil in autumn and winter. The spring/winter crop rotation with catch crops was not found to be more efficient in reducing nitrate leaching than the winter crop rotation. In contrast, in a single year the winter crop rotation showed significantly lower leaching than the spring/winter crop rotations, probably due to the spring/winter crop rotation including peas, which may be considered a high-risk crop. Our study highlights that management practices that improve biomass production throughout the year are crucial in order to tighten the nitrogen cycle and thereby reduce nitrate leaching.

Hansen, Elly Møller; Munkholm, Lars Juhl

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The Effect of Tobacco Monoculture and Crop Rotations on Tobacco Leaf Composition  

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Full Text Available This paper presents the long-term results relating to the influence of different crop rotations and tobacco monoculture upon the chemical composition of flue-cured tobacco leaf. As a key crop, tobacco is included in all crop rotations. Considering the obtained results in the particular year’s tobacco growing in monoculture or in crop rotation mainly had significant effect on nicotine content in tobacco leaf including a 10-year average. A similar trend was also determined for the content of proteins. The content of total nitrogen and reducing sugars was mainly affected significantly by crop rotation as regards the particular years. Calcium and potassium ratio was also unfavorable, although both of them were significantly influenced by crop rotation. The same is true for magnesium in the particular years.

An?elko Butorac

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Fungi Associated With Rice-Wheat Cropping System in Relation to Zero and Conventional Tillage Technologies  

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Soil mycoflora play an important role in agricultural economy of a country. Soil borne pathogen produces serious losses to the yield of a crop. In rice Bwheat cropping system due to continuous cropping and reduced rotation, soil borne pathogens have become increasingly important with the yield decline. The current study was made to have the knowledge about soil borne fungi associated with rice and wheat crop in rice- wheat cropping system under zero and conventional tillage technologies. One ...

Shamim Iftikhar; Amir Sultan; Anjum Munir; Shazia Iram; Iftikhar Ahmad

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Comparison of Crop Rotation and Fallow for Management of Heterodera glycines and Meloidogyne spp. in Soybean  

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The effects of cropping systems (fallow, rotation with sorghum-sudangrass hybrid [Sorghum bicolor × S. sudanense], and continuous soybean [Glycine max]), nematicide (aldicarb) treatment, and soybean cultivar on yield and nematode population densities were studied in a field infested with a mixture of Meloidogyne spp. and Heterodera glycines. Soybean following sorghum-sudangrass yielded 111 kg/ha more than soybean following fallow and 600 kg/ha more than continuous soybean. Aldicarb treatment...

Weaver, D. B.; Rodri?guez-ka?bana, R.; Carden, E. L.

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Rotação de culturas para trigo, após quatro anos: efeitos na fertilidade do solo em plantio direto Crop rotation systems for wheat, after four years: effects on soil fertility under no-tillage  

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Full Text Available A fertilidade do solo foi avaliada, após quatro anos (1990 a 1994, num latossolo bruno álico, em Guarapuava, PR, Brasil, em quatro sistemas de rotação de culturas para trigo: sistema I (trigo/soja; sistema II (trigo/soja e aveia branca/soja; sistema III (trigo/soja, ervilhaca/ milho e aveia branca/soja; e sistema IV (trigo/soja, aveia branca/soja, cevada/soja e ervilhaca/ milho. As culturas, tanto de inverno como de verão, foram estabelecidas sob plantio direto. O delineamento experimental foi de blocos ao acaso com quatro repetições. Através de contrastes, foram comparados os sistemas e as profundidades de amostragem de solo. Em todos os sistemas de rotação de culturas, na camada de solo 0 a 5cm, observaram-se valores maiores de pH e de Ca+Mg e menores de Al (com exceção do sistema III, em relação à camada 15 a 20cm. Houve elevação dos teores de Ca+Mg, de K e de P na camada de solo com a maior concentração de raízes (0 a 10cm. Os valores de matéria orgânica do solo decresceram progressivamente da camada 0 a 5cm para a camada 15 a 20cm.Soil fertility parameters were evaluated after four years (1990 to 1994 on a alic dusky latosol located in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil, under four wheat crop rotation systems as follows: system I (wheat/soybean; system II (wheat/soybean and white oats/soybean; system III (wheat/soybean, common vetch/corn, and white oats/soybean; and system IV (wheat/soybean, white oats/soybean, barley/soybean and common vetch/cor. Both winter and summer crops were seeded under no tillage. A randomized complete block design, with four replications, was used. Crop systems and soil samples at different depths were compared using the contrast procedure. All crop rotation systems, in the 0 to 5cm soil layer, higher values were observed for pH in water and Ca+Mg and lower contents for Al (except system III, as compared to the 15 to 20cm layer. Raising in Ca+Mg, K, and P levels occurred in the soil layer with the greatest root concentration (0 to 10cm. The soil organic matter contents decreased with depth from 0-5cm to 15-20cm.

Henrique Pereira dos Santos

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Carbon stock and its compartments in a subtropical oxisol under long-term tillage and crop rotation systems Estoque e compartimentos de carbono em um latossolo vermelho subtropical sob diferentes sistemas de longo prazo de preparo e rotação de culturas  

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Full Text Available Soil organic matter (SOM plays a crucial role in soil quality and can act as an atmospheric C-CO2 sink under conservationist management systems. This study aimed to evaluate the long-term effects (19 years of tillage (CT-conventional tillage and NT-no tillage and crop rotations (R0-monoculture system, R1-winter crop rotation, and R2- intensive crop rotation on total, particulate and mineral-associated organic carbon (C stocks of an originally degraded Red Oxisol in Cruz Alta, RS, Southern Brazil. The climate is humid subtropical Cfa 2a (Köppen classification, the mean annual precipitation 1,774 mm and mean annual temperature 19.2 ºC. The plots were divided into four segments, of which each was sampled in the layers 0-0.05, 0.05-0.10, 0.10-0.20, and 0.20-0.30 m. Sampling was performed manually by opening small trenches. The SOM pools were determined by physical fractionation. Soil C stocks had a linear relationship with annual crop C inputs, regardless of the tillage systems. Thus, soil disturbance had a minor effect on SOM turnover. In the 0-0.30 m layer, soil C sequestration ranged from 0 to 0.51 Mg ha-1 yr-1, using the CT R0 treatment as base-line; crop rotation systems had more influence on soil stock C than tillage systems. The mean C sequestration rate of the cropping systems was 0.13 Mg ha-1 yr-1 higher in NT than CT. This result was associated to the higher C input by crops due to the improvement in soil quality under long-term no-tillage. The particulate C fraction was a sensitive indicator of soil management quality, while mineral-associated organic C was the main pool of atmospheric C fixed in this clayey Oxisol. The C retention in this stable SOM fraction accounts for 81 and 89 % of total C sequestration in the treatments NT R1 and NT R2, respectively, in relation to the same cropping systems under CT. The highest C management index was observed in NT R2, confirming the capacity of this soil management practice to improve the soil C stock qualitatively in relation to CT R0. The results highlighted the diversification of crop rotation with cover crops as a crucial strategy for atmospheric C-CO2 sequestration and SOM quality improvement in highly weathered subtropical Oxisols.A matéria orgânica do solo (MOS desempenha papel relevante na qualidade do solo e pode atuar como dreno de C-CO2 atmosférico em solos sob sistemas de manejo conservacionista. Este estudo foi realizado com o objetivo de investigar o efeito de longo prazo (19 anos de sistemas de preparo do solo (PC-preparo convencional e PD-plantio direto e de rotação de culturas (R0- sucessão de monoculturas, R1- rotação de culturas de inverno e R2- rotação intensiva de culturas no estoque de carbono (C orgânico total, particulado e associado a minerais de um Latossolo Vermelho, originalmente degradado, do Sul do Brasil. O clima é subtropical úmido Cfa 2, segundo a classificação de Köppen, com média anual de precipitação pluvial de 1.774 mm e média anual de temperatura de 19,2 ºC. As parcelas experimentais foram divididas em três segmentos, e em cada um destes foram coletadas amostras nas profundidades de 0-0,05, 0,05-0,10, 0,10-0,20 e 0,20-0,30 m. As amostras foram coletadas por meio da abertura manual de pequenas trincheiras. O estoque de C no solo apresentou relação linear com o aporte anual de C, independentemente do sistema de preparo investigado. Assim, o preparo do solo teve pequeno efeito no incremento da taxa de decomposição da MOS. Na camada de 0-0,30 m, a taxa de sequestro de C variou de zero a 0,51 Mg ha-1 ano-1 considerando o tratamento CT R0 como referência, sendo a rotação de culturas uma estratégia mais eficiente em determinar o acúmulo de C do que os sistemas de preparo. Na média dos sistemas de cultura, uma taxa de sequestro de C de 0,13 Mg ha-1ano-1 foi observada sob PD em relação ao PC. Isso é claro? Esse resultado foi determinado pelo maior aporte de C proporcionado pela melhoria da qualidade do solo em PD adotado por longo prazo. A fração particulada de C foi um indicador eficie

Ben-Hur Costa de Campos

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Rendimento de soja em sistema de integração lavoura-pecuária: efeito de métodos e intensidades de pastejo Soybean yield in an animal-crop rotation system: effects of grazing methods and intensities  

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Full Text Available Sistemas de integração lavoura-pecuária têm despertado o interesse de produtores que buscam a diversificação das atividades e o aumento da rentabilidade. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a influência de métodos e intensidades de pastejo de ovinos no rendimento da soja cultivada em dois espaçamentos entre linhas, em um sistema de integração lavoura-pecuária. O experimento foi conduzido no município de Eldorado do Sul - RS, na Estação Experimental Agronômica - UFRGS na safra 2003/2004, cujas coordenadas geográficas são 30005'22" S de latitude e 51039'08" W de longitude. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados num fatorial com duas intensidades de pastejo, baixa e moderada, dois métodos de pastejo, contínuo e rotacionado, e dois espaçamentos entre fileiras de soja, 0,2 e 0,4m, com quatro repetições. Uma área foi adicionada como testemunha sem pastejo. Avaliaram-se o rendimento e os componentes do rendimento da soja. A produção de soja foi superior nos tratamentos submetidos a pastejo em comparação aos não-pastejados. Dentre os pastejados, o rendimento de soja foi superior na intensidade de pastejo baixa em comparação com a intensidade moderada. A intensidade de pastejo utilizada no inverno é o principal determinante do sucesso desse sistema de integração lavoura-pecuária.Animal-crop rotation systems are fostering the interest of farmers searching for diversification and the increase of profitability. The experiment aimed to evaluate the influence of grazing methods and intensities applied on winter pastures grazed by lambs and its consequence for soybean yield cultivated in succession. This crop-animal rotation trial was conducted in 2003/2004 at UFRGS Agricultural Research Station (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Eldorado do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, whose geographical coordinates are 30005'22" S latitude and 51039'08" W longitude. The experimental design was a randomized complete block arranged in a factorial with two grazing methods, continuous and rotational, two grazing intensities, low and moderate, and two soybean rows spacing, 0.2 and 0.4 m, with four replicates. An additional area was surveyed as a no grazing paddock reference and soybean yield attributes were evaluated. Soybean yield was superior in grazed areas (P<0.05 compared to non grazed ones. Among grazed treatments, soybean yield was superior (P<0.05 at low grazing intensity compared to moderate grazing intensity. The grazing intensity level used during winter is fundamental to the success of animal-crop rotation systems.

Robson Lunardi

2008-06-01

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On the effect of crop rotation on artificially established weed species in two field experiments  

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Full Text Available Several studies indicate links between regional occurrence of well adapted weed species and crop rotations. Monocultures or very short crop rotation, which increased in the past decades are crucial for the establishment and dispersion of problematic weed species. In this study the impact of crop rotation on the occurrence of the species Amaranthus retroflexus (L., Anchusa arvensis (L. M. Bieb., Echinochloa crus-galli (L., Galium aparine (L., Geranium pusillum (L., Sisymbrium officinale (L., Solanum nigrum (L., Stellaria media (L. Vill., Viola arvensis Murray is investigated in four crop rotations with varying potential of crop health risks. Therefore, maize (M, oilseed rape (WR and winter wheat [early sowing (WWF and late sowing (WWS] are cropped in four different rotations (M, WR – WWF, WR – M – WWS and WR – WWF – M – WWS at two study sites in Germany since year 2008 (Rostock and 2009 (Göttingen. At the start of the project selected weed species were sown into some plots in order to simulate an artificial similar weed pressure. In all plots weed species densities were counted before spraying in a standardized observation method. Analyses of four, respectively three years give evidences of crop specific effects regarding A. arvensis, E. crus-galli, G. pusillum, S. nigrum and S. media. Moreover, first effects of crop rotations on problematic weed species indicates that expanding crop rotations is a preventive tool to reduce weed densities.

Flucke, Christoph

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Tracking nitrogen losses in a greenhouse crop rotation experiment in North China using the EU-Rotate_N simulation model.  

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Vegetable production in China is associated with high inputs of nitrogen, posing a risk of losses to the environment. Organic matter mineralisation is a considerable source of nitrogen (N) which is hard to quantify. In a two-year greenhouse cucumber experiment with different N treatments in North China, non-observed pathways of the N cycle were estimated using the EU-Rotate_N simulation model. EU-Rotate_N was calibrated against crop dry matter and soil moisture data to predict crop N uptake, soil mineral N contents, N mineralisation and N loss. Crop N uptake (Modelling Efficiencies (ME) between 0.80 and 0.92) and soil mineral N contents in different soil layers (ME between 0.24 and 0.74) were satisfactorily simulated by the model for all N treatments except for the traditional N management. The model predicted high N mineralisation rates and N leaching losses, suggesting that previously published estimates of N leaching for these production systems strongly underestimated the mineralisation of N from organic matter. PMID:20227804

Guo, Ruiying; Nendel, Claas; Rahn, Clive; Jiang, Chunguang; Chen, Qing

2010-06-01

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Effects of Tropical Rotation Crops on Meloidogyne arenaria Population Densities and Vegetable Yields in Microplots.  

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The effects of 12 summer crop rotation treatments on population densities of Meloidogyne arenaria race 1 and on yields of subsequent spring vegetable crops were determined in microplots. The crop sequence was: (i) rotation crops during summer 1991 ; (ii) cover crop of rye (Secale cereale) during winter 1991-92; (iii) squash (Cucurbita pepo) during spring 1992; (iv) rotation crops during summer 1992; (v) rye during winter 1992-93; (vi) eggplant (Solanum melongena) during spring 1993. The 12 rotation treatments were castor (Ricinus communis), cotton (Gossypium hirsutum), velvetbean (Mucuna deeringiana), crotalaria (Crotalaria spectabilis), fallow, hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta), American jointvetch (Aeschynomene americana), sorghum-sudangrass (Sorghum bicolor x S. sudanense), soybean (Glycine max), horsebean (Canavalia ensiformis), sesame (Sesamum indicum), and peanut (Arachis hypogaea). Compared to peanut, the first eight rotation treatments resulted in lower (P rotations were less effective in suppressing nematodes. Yield of squash was greater (P rotation, yield of eggplant was enhanced (P rotation crops may provide a means for depressing M. arenaria population densities on a short-term basis to enhance yields in a subsequent susceptible vegetable crop. PMID:19279880

McSorley, R; Dickson, D W; de Brito, J A; Hewlett, T E; Frederick, J J

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Fate of fertilizer nitrogen in a multiple cropping system  

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The fate of 15N-labelled fertilizer nitrogen, applied to the maize crop only, in a multiple cropping system for two crop rotations of maize-wheat-moong, has been studied. The pattern of fertilizer uptake by this crop, the utilization of fertilizer nitrogen residue by the succeeding crops of wheat and moong, residual nitrogen in the soil, and losses due to leaching and other processes were measured. The nitrate content of tube-well waters of an agricultural farm of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, monitored for three years (June 1975 - March 1978), varied from 5 ppm to 35 ppm. Broad conclusions based on the experimental data, for increasing the efficiency of applied nitrogen and reducing the nitrate pollution of groundwater in relation to fertilizer practices and the change in cropping pattern are discussed. (author)

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Tillage, Crop Rotation, and Cultural Practice Effects on Dryland Soil Carbon Fractions  

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Information is needed on novel management practices to increase dryland C sequestration and soil quality in the northern Great Plains, USA. We evaluated the effects of tillage, crop rotation, and cultural practice on dryland crop biomass (stems and leaves) yield, surface residue, and soil C fractions at the 0-20 cm depth from 2004 to 2008 in a Williams loam in eastern Montana, USA. Treatments were two tillage (no-tillage [NT] and conventional tillage [CT]), two crop rotations (continuous spri...

Sainju, Upendra M.; Lenssen, Andrew W.; Thecan Caesar-TonThat; Jabro, Jalal D.; Lartey, Robert T.; Evans, Robert G.; Allen, Brett L.

2012-01-01

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Effect of organic and conventional crop rotation, fertilization, and crop protection practices on metal contents in wheat (Triticum aestivum).  

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The effects of organic versus conventional crop management practices (crop rotation, crop protection, and fertility management strategies) on wheat yields and grain metal (Al, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn) concentrations were investigated in a long-term field trial. The interactions between crop management practices and the season that the crop was grown were investigated using univariate and redundancy analysis approaches. Grain yields were highest where conventional fertility management and crop protection practices were used, but growing wheat after a previous crop of grass/clover was shown to partially compensate for yield reductions due to the use of organic fertility management. All metals except for Pb were significantly affected by crop management practices and the year that the wheat was grown. Grain Cd and Cu levels were higher on average when conventional fertility management practices were used. Al and Cu were higher on average when conventional crop protection practices were used. The results demonstrate that there is potential to manage metal concentrations in the diet by adopting specific crop management practices shown to affect crop uptake of metals. PMID:21495704

Cooper, Julia; Sanderson, Roy; Cakmak, Ismail; Ozturk, Levent; Shotton, Peter; Carmichael, Andrew; Haghighi, Reza Sadrabadi; Tetard-Jones, Catherine; Volakakis, Nikos; Eyre, Mick; Leifert, Carlo

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Atributos bioquímicos e químicos do solo rizosférico e não rizosférico de culturas em rotação no sistema de semeadura direta / Biochemical and chemical attributes of rhizospheric and non-rhizospheric soil in no till crop rotation system  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Sistemas autossustentáveis favorecem as populações microbianas devido à conservação e ao aumento da matéria orgânica no solo. Além disso, as plantas que fazem parte desses sistemas promovem o efeito rizosférico, por meio da zona de influência das raízes, que resulta no aumento da atividade e na modi [...] ficação da população microbiana. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito da rotação de culturas de inverno sobre sequências de verão, em sistema de semeadura direta, nos atributos bioquímicos (amilase, urease, celulase e protease) e químicos (carbono orgânico total - COT, carboidratos totais e proteínas totais) em solo rizosférico (SR) e não rizosférico (SNR). Este estudo foi constituído de três culturas de inverno: milho (Zea mays L.), girassol (Helianthus anuus L.) e guandu (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp), que estavam em rotação sobre três sequências de verão: soja/soja (Glycine max L.), milho/milho e soja/milho, e duas posições no solo: solo aderido às raízes das plantas (SR) e solo da entrelinha de plantio (SNR). As atividades da amilase, celulase, protease e urease no SR foram 16, 85, 62 e 100 % maiores do que no SNR; para COT e proteínas totais a diferença foi de 21 %. Das culturas de inverno, o milho foi a que mais estimulou as atividades das enzimas amilase, celulase, urease e protease no SR, bem como a atividade das enzimas amilase, urease e protease no SNR. De modo geral, os teores de proteínas totais não foram influenciados pelas culturas de inverno e pelas sequências de verão; os carboidratos totais foram influenciados pelas culturas de inverno milho e girassol. Para o COT houve influência apenas da sequência de verão milho/milho. Os atributos bioquímicos e químicos avaliados neste estudo podem ser utilizados como indicadores das alterações no solo promovidas pelas culturas de inverno e pelas sequências de verão. Abstract in english Self-sustaining systems encourage microbial populations due to the conservation and improvement of organic matter in the soil. In addition, the plants constituents of these systems produce the rhizospheric effect through the influence zone of the roots, increasing activity and modifying the microbia [...] l population. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of winter crop rotation and summer crop sequences in a no tillage system, based on biochemical (amylase, urease, cellulase, and protease) and chemical (organic carbon, total carbohydrates, and total protein) characteristics in rhizospheric (SR) and non-rhizospheric soil (SNR). Three winter crops were studied: corn (Zea mays L.), sunflower (Helianthus anuus L.), and pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp), in rotation with three summer sequences: soybean/soybean (Glycine max L.), corn/corn, and soybean/corn. Samples were taken from soil adhering to the plant roots (SR) and from in-between the rows (SNR). The activities of amylase, cellulase, protease, and urease in SR were 16, 85, 62, and 100 % higher, respectively, than in SNR. For total organic carbon and total protein, the difference was 21 %. Of the winter crops, corn stimulated higher amylase, cellulase, protease, and urease activity in SR, as well as amylase, protease, and urease activity in SNR. The winter crops and the summer sequences did not affect total protein levels. The total carbohydrates were influenced by winter corn and sunflower crops. Only the summer corn/corn sequence influenced total organic carbon. The biochemical and chemical properties analyzed in this study can be used as indicators of changes in soil caused by winter crops and summer sequences.

Meire Aparecida Silvestrini, Cordeiro; José Eduardo, Corá; Ely, Nahas.

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Rotating shielded crane system  

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A rotating, radiation shielded crane system for use in a high radiation test cell, comprises a radiation shielding wall, a cylindrical ceiling made of radiation shielding material and a rotatable crane disposed above the ceiling. The ceiling rests on an annular ledge intergrally attached to the inner surface of the shielding wall. Removable plugs in the ceiling provide access for the crane from the top of the ceiling into the test cell. A seal is provided at the interface between the inner surface of the shielding wall and the ceiling.

Commander, John C. (Idaho Falls, ID)

1988-01-01

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Yield trends in the long-term crop rotation with organic and inorganic fertilisers on Alisols in Mata (Rwanda)  

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A crop rotation system with various species was established on Alisols at Mata grassland site, oriental side of Zaire-Nile Watershed Divide (CZN), Rwanda. Inorganic and organic fertilizers were applied in various plots under randomized complete blocs with three replicates. Crop yield data for each season were recorded over a 9-year period. Results showed that there was very low or no harvest in plots without fertilizers. In plots with fertilizers, the yield generally increased but remained re...

Rutunga, V.; Neel, H.

2006-01-01

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Rotating Aperture System  

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A rotating aperture system includes a low-pressure vacuum pumping stage with apertures for passage of a deuterium beam. A stator assembly includes holes for passage of the beam. The rotor assembly includes a shaft connected to a deuterium gas cell or a crossflow venturi that has a single aperture on each side that together align with holes every rotation. The rotating apertures are synchronized with the firing of the deuterium beam such that the beam fires through a clear aperture and passes into the Xe gas beam stop. Portions of the rotor are lapped into the stator to improve the sealing surfaces, to prevent rapid escape of the deuterium gas from the gas cell.

Rusnak, Brian (Livermore, CA); Hall, James M. (Livermore, CA); Shen, Stewart (Danville, CA); Wood, Richard L. (Santa Fe, NM)

2005-01-18

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Effect of Crop Rotation on the Soil Pathogen Population Dynamics and Canola Seedling Establishment  

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Impact of long-term crop rotations on populations of soilborne pathogens in the genera Fusarium, Pythium and Rhizoctonia and on canola seedling establishment and development was evaluated under controlled conditions. Soil samples were collected from two crop rotation experiments conducted at two sites in Saskatchewan, Canada. A part of the 2006-soil sample of each rotation was sterilized to compare canola seedling growth with and without soilborne pathogens. With 2007-soi...

Hwang, S. F.; Ahmed, H. U.; Gossen, B. D.; Kutcher, H. R.; Brandt, S. A.; Strelkov, S. E.; Chang, K. F.; Turnbull, G. D.

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THE NUTRIENTS BALANCE OF CROP ROTATION AS AN INDICATOR OF SUSTAINABLE FARMING ON ARABLE LAND  

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Full Text Available The nutrient balance of five crop rotation systems under conventional and minimal tillage with interaction of different fertilization treatments was investigated at the experimental station of Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra Dolná Malanta, during 2004-2005. The five-field crop rotation of maize (Zea mays L. - winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L. - spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L. underseeded with red clover - red clover (Trifolium pratense - common pea (Pisum sativum L. and mustard as catch crop was used. The most serious deficit of nitrogen (- 62.2 kg.ha-1.yr-1, phosphorus (- 24.0 kg.ha-1.yr-1 and potassium (- 89.2 kg.ha-1.yr-1 was on control treatments. Deficit of nitrogen was also found-out in treatments with mineral fertilizers application. However higher deficit of nitrogen (- 25.4 kg.ha-1.yr- 1 was registered under conventional tillage. In treatment fertilized with mineral fertilizers together with by - product of pre - crop incorporation into soil (PZ, small balance surplus of nitrogen (8 kg.ha-1.yr-1 - B1, 11.5 kg. ha-1.yr-1 - B2, respectively was calculated. The positive balance of phosphorus achieved in treatments with into soil incorporated by - products of pre - crops (in both systems of soil cultivation amounting value of 3.9 kg.ha-1.yr-1 can contribute to good supply of phosphorous in soil. The negative balance of potassium fluctuating from - 89.2 kg.ha-1.yr-1 (control treatment to - 22 kg.ha-1.yr-1 (PZ is acceptable owing to high content of available potassium in soil of experimental stand.

Eva Haná?ková

2009-03-01

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Nitrate leaching from organic arable crop rotations is mostly determined by autumn field management  

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Two main challenges facing organic arable farming are the supply of nitrogen (N) to the crop and the control of perennial weeds. Nitrate leaching from different organic arable crop rotations was investigated over three consecutive four-year crop rotations in a field experiment at three locations in Denmark (12 years in total). The experimental treatments were: (i) crop rotation, (ii) catch crop and (iii) animal manure. Nitrate leaching was estimated from measured soil nitrate concentration in ceramic suction cells and modelled drainage. There were significant effects on annual N leaching of location (coarse sand > loamy sand > sandy loam) and catch crops (without > with). Including a grass-clover green manure on 25% of the area did not increase N leaching compared with crop rotations without green manure. Also the application of animal manure did not influence N leaching, probably because even in the manured treatments the application rate was lower than crop demand. The results identify management of crop and soil during autumn as the main determinant of N leaching. Nitrate leaching was lowest for a catch crop soil cover during autumn and winter (avg. 20 kg N haâ??1), a soil cover of weeds/volunteers had on avg. 30 kg N haâ??1, and the largest N leaching losses were found after stubble cultivation (avg. 55 kg N haâ??1). The N leaching losses increased with increasing number of autumn soil cultivations

Askegaard, M; Olesen, Jørgen E

2011-01-01

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Soil properties, crop production and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional cropping systems  

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Organic and conventional farming practices differ in the use of several management strategies, including use of catch crops, green manure, and fertilization, which may influence soil properties, greenhouse gas emissions and productivity of agroecosystems. An 11-yr-old field experiment on a sandy loam soil in Denmark was used to compare several crop rotations with respect to a range of physical, chemical and biological characteristics related to carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) flows. Four organic rotations and an inorganic fertilizer-based system were selected to evaluate effects of fertilizer type, catch crops, of grass-clover used as green manure, and of animal manure application. Soil was sampled from winter wheat and spring barley plots on 19 September 2007, 14 April 2008 and 22 September 2008, i.e. before, during, and after the growth season. The soils were analyzed for multiple attributes: total soil organic carbon (SOC), total N, microbial biomass N (MBN), potentially mineralizable N (PMN), and levels of potential ammonium oxidation (PAO) and denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA). In situ measurements of soil heterotrophic carbon dioxide (CO2) respiration and nitrous oxide emissions were conducted in plots with winter wheat. In April 2008, prior to field operations, intact soil cores were collected at two depths (0â??5 and 5â??10 cm) in plots under winter wheat. Water retention characteristics of each core were determined and used to calculate relative gas diffusivity (DP/Do). Finally, crop growth was monitored and grain yields measured at harvest maturity. The different management strategies between 1997 and 2007 led to soil carbon inputs that were on average 18â??68% and 32â??91% higher in the organic than inorganic fertilizer-based rotations for the sampled winter wheat and spring barley crops, respectively. Nevertheless, SOC levels in 2008 were similar across systems. The cumulative soil respiration for the period February to August 2008 ranged between 2 and 3 t CO2â??C haâ??1 and was correlated (r = 0.95) with average C inputs. In the organic cropping systems, pig slurry application and inclusion of catch crops generally increased soil respiration, PMN and PAO. At field capacity, relative gas diffusivity at 0â??5 cm depth was >50% higher in the organic than the inorganic fertilizer-based system (P < 0.05). Crop yields in 2008 were generally lower in the low-input organic rotations than in the high-input inorganic fertilizer-based system; only spring barley in rotations with pig slurry application and incorporation of a catch crop prior to sowing obtained grain yields similar to levels achieved in the system where inorganic fertilizer was applied. These results suggest that within organic cropping systems, both microbial activity and crop yields could be enhanced through inclusion of catch crops. However, the timing of catch crop incorporation is critical.

Chirinda, Ngonidzashe; Olesen, Jørgen E

2010-01-01

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EFFECTIVENESS OF TURKEY MANURE IN CROP ROTATION IN THE CONDITIONS OF THE ORDINARY BLACK SOIL ????????????? ?????????? ?????? ? ????? ???????? ??????????? ?? ????????? ????????????  

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Full Text Available Five-year data of the influence of direct affect and the post action of decomposed turkey droppings on the sunflower husk on crop productivity in three-level field crop rotation of spring barley - sunflower -spring barley and in a comparison of its action with the effect of fertilizers on crop yields were presented in the article. The affect of the droppings exceeded affect of mineral fertilizers on the productivity of field crop ro-tation link in a dose of N90P90K90 on 0,79 t/ ga or on 16%

Agafonov E. V.

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Nitrogen use and efficiency in a rotation with and without incorporation of crop residues  

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A field experiment was conducted to study nitrogen (N) use and efficiency in a crop rotation with and without incorporation of residues under irrigated conditions. Nitrogen-15-labelled microplots were installed on a long-term experiment in which six rotations at two rates of fertilization are being examined. The rotation without incorporation of residues was maize-wheat-red clover-red clover; and the one with incorporation of residues was maize-wheat-common bean-barley. Treatments during the first growing season, when labelling maize (Experiment 1), were as follows: i) Treatment 1 (T1), determine the fate of 15N-labelled fertilizer in the rotation with incorporation of residues. During subsequent seasons, only unlabelled residues were applied to these plots; ii) T2, determine the fate of 15N-labelled residue with residues. Labelled residues were applied in the second growing season and, thereafter, unlabelled residues were used; iii) T3, determine the fate of labelled 15N fertilizer in the rotation without residue incorporation - the control treatment for maize. During the second growing season (Experiment 2), the 15N-labelled experiment was repeated and wheat (second crop in the rotation) was labelled. To label maize and wheat, 300 and 160 kg N ha-1 as 15N-enriched urea and ammonium sulphate were applied, respectively. The labelled residues of maize and wheat were applied before sowing at 8,000 and 4,000 kg ha-1, respectively. The same amounts of unlabelled residues were applied afterwards where appropriate. Results from both experiments showed similar trends and did not support the hypothesis that increased inputs of carbon lead to increased retention of N in the system. Possible explanations are discussed. (author)

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Dissemination of direct seeding mulch-based cropping systems in Madagascar  

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In the mid-altitude zones of Madagascar, cropping systems based on direct seeding, with a cover crop and crop rotation, have been disseminated on smallholdings since the turn of the century with a degree of success. In order to disseminate these new cropping patterns, CIRAD and its development partners in Madagascar have developed modelling tools to monitor and assess activities through a DSS (Decision Support System). For developers, these tools provide decision-support in the technological ...

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The Effect of Crop Rotation, Mineral Fertilizer Application and Herbicide on Weed Control in Winter Rye  

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Full Text Available The recent years' problems of herbicide use have led a growing number of researchers to seek alternative methods that are less reliant on herbicides. This research was conducted to determine the effect of long-term crop rotation, mineral fertilizer and herbicide on the weed infestation and grain yield of winter rye during 2004 and 2005 at the long-term experimental site of the University of Timiriazev, Moscow. Treatments were control (no weed control, herbicide, combined fertilizer (NPK and NPK plus herbicide in field winter rye cultivated in continuous and crop rotation with other crops since 1912. Crop rotation significantly decreased weed density and dry mass. Long-term NPK application significantly decreased weed density, but had not any effect on weed dry mass. Crop rotation, NPK application and herbicide increased ground crop cover and decreased ground weed cover. In continuous crop, weed ground cover was 10 % in control plot and 3.33 % in plots where NPK was applied. Data showed that long-term crop rotation and NPK application can reduce weed infestation and increase grain yield of winter rye.

H Mohamad Dost CHamanabad

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Rotating shielded crane system  

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A rotating, radiation-shielded crane system is described comprising: a generally cylindrical, radiation-shielding wall, the top of the wall forming a first annular ledge; a second annular ledge integrally attached to the inner surface of the shielding wall; a generally cylindrical ceiling made of radiation shielding material, the ceiling including a flange portion on the top thereof and a body portion, the flange portion associated with the second annular ledge such that the ceiling is supported thereby, the volume inside the wall and the ceiling forming a test cell; a rotatable crane disposed above the ceiling such that the crane is outside of the test cell; removable access means in the ceiling for allowing the crane to access the inside of the test cell from the top of the ceiling; means for sealing the interface between the inner surface of the shielding wall and the ceiling.

Commander, J.C.

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Controlling annual weeds in cereals by deploying crop rotation at the landscape scale: Avena sterilis as an example.  

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Weed control through crop rotation has mainly been studied in a nonspatial context. However, weed seeds are often spread beyond the crop field by a variety of vectors. For weed control to be successful, weed management should thus be evaluated at the landscape level. In this paper we assess how seed dispersal affects the interactions between crop rotation and landscape heterogeneity schemes with regard to weed control. A spatially explicit landscape model was developed to study both short- and long-term weed population dynamics under different management scenarios. We allowed for both two- and three-crop species rotations and three levels of between-field weed seed dispersal. All rotation scenarios and seed dispersal fractions were analyzed for both completely homogeneous landscapes and heterogeneous landscapes in which more than one crop was present. The potential of implementing new weed control methods was also analyzed. The model results suggest that, like crop rotation at the field level, crop rotation implemented at the landscape level has great potential to control weeds, whereby both the number of crop species and the cropping sequence within the crop rotation have significant effects on both the short- and long-term weed population densities. In the absence of seed dispersal, weed populations became extinct when the fraction of each crop in the landscape was randomized. In general, weed seed densities increased in landscapes with increasing similarity in crop proportions, but in these landscapes the level of seed dispersal affected which three-crop species rotation sequence was most efficient at controlling the weed densities. We show that ignoring seed dispersal between fields might lead to the selection of suboptimal tactics and that homogeneous crop field patches that follow a specific crop rotation sequence might be the most sustainable method of weed control. Effective weed control through crop rotation thus requires coordination between farmers with regard to cropping sequences, crop allocation across the landscape, and/ or the fraction of each crop across the landscape. PMID:22645826

González-Díaz, Lucía; van den Berg, Femke; van den Bosch, Frank; González-Andújar, José Luis

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IMPACT OF GROWING CROPS AND DIFFERENT WATER LOADINGS ON THE FEATURES OF DARK CHESTNUT SOILS IN RICE ROTATIONS ??????? ????????????? ??????? ? ????????? ?????? ???????? ?? ???????? ?????-?????????? ???? ? ??????? ????????????  

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Full Text Available The article gives a general assessment for meliorative state of soils at the rice irrigation systems in the Ros-tov region. The indices of soil salinity, alkalinity, sodicity, calium content in soil exchangeable com-plex of dark chestnut soils at different crop rotations and water loadings are afforded

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Efeito de sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação de culturas na fertilidade do solo, após vinte anos / Soil tillage and crop rotation systems on soil fertility attributes after twenty years  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese No Brasil, ainda são escassos os estudos disponíveis com experimentos de longa duração em sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação de culturas. Após vinte anos (1985 a 2005), a fertilidade de solo foi avaliada, em Latossolo Vermelho distrófico típico, em Passo Fundo (RS), em quatro sistemas de manejo [...] de solo (SMSs) - 1) plantio direto (PD), 2) cultivo mínimo (CM), 3) preparo convencional de solo com arado de discos e com grade de discos (PCD) e 4) preparo convencional de solo com arado de aivecas e com grade de discos (PCA) - e em três sistemas de rotação de culturas (SRCs): I (trigo/soja), II (trigo/soja e ervilhaca/milho) e III (trigo/soja, ervilhaca/milho e aveia branca/soja), incluindo como testemunha um fragmento adjacente de floresta subtropical (FST). O delineamento experimental foi em blocos completos ao acaso, com parcelas subdivididas e três repetições. As parcelas (4 x 90 m) no total de 12, foram constituídas pelos SMSs, e as subparcelas, pelos SRCs (4 x 10 m), no total de 72. Os valores de pH, carbono, P extraível e K disponível diferiram entre os SMSs. No PD, houve acúmulo de carbono orgânico, P e K, na camada superficial. Não houve diferença do nível de matéria orgânica (MOS) entre PD e FST, em todas as camadas estudadas. O nível de MOS e os teores de P e K foram mais elevados na camada 0-0,05 m, quando comparados com os observados de 0,15-0,20 m de profundidade, sob PD e nas rotações II e III. Observou-se que em FST os valores de pH, Ca, P e de K foram menores do que os dos SMSs e SRCs. Abstract in english Long term field studies on crop rotation and soil tillage systems under Brazilian conditions are scarce. Soil fertility characteristics were assessed after twenty years (1985 to 2005) on a typical dystrophic Red Latosol located in Passo Fundo, in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil. [...] Four soil tillage systems (STS) - 1) no-tillage, 2) minimum tillage, 3) conventional tillage using disk plow followed by disk harrow, and 4) conventional tillage using moldboard plow followed by disk harrow - and three crop rotation systems (CRS): I (wheat/soybean), II (wheat/soybean and common vetch/corn), and III (wheat/soybean, common vetch/corn, and white oat/soybean) were evaluated, including as check a fragment of subtropical forest (FST). A randomized complete block design, with split-plots and three replicates, was used. The main field plots (4 x 90 m) in a total of 12, were the soil tillage systems, whereas the subplots (4 x 10 m), in a total of 72 comprised the crop rotation systems. Values of soil pH, soil organic carbon, extractable P, and exchangeable K were affected by soil tillage systems (STSs). Higher levels of soil organic matter and contents of soil carbon, extractable P, and exchangeable K were observed in the 0-0,05 m layer for the no-tillage system. No statistical differences were found in soil organic matter levels between no-tillage and tropical forest, in any soil layer. Values of soil organic matter, P, and K were higher in the 0-0,05 m layer, when compared to the ones observed in the 0,15-0,20 m layer, in no-tillage and II and III CRSs. Values of pH, Ca, P, and K observed in all STSs and CRSs were higher than in the tropical forest area.

Henrique Pereira dos, Santos; Silvio Tulio, Spera; Gilberto Omar, Tomm; Rainoldo Alberto, Kochann; Alexandre, Ávila.

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Soil salinization and maize and cowpea yield in the crop rotation system using saline waters / Salinização do solo e produtividade de milho e feijão caupi em sistema de rotação cultural utilizando águas salinas  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese A utilização de águas salinas bem como o reúso de águas de drenagem na irrigação dependem de estratégias de longo prazo que garantam a sustentabilidade socioeconômica e ambiental dos sistemas agrícolas. Neste trabalho, avaliaram-se os efeitos da irrigação com água salina na estação seca e com água d [...] e baixa salinidade na estação chuvosa sobre o acúmulo de sais no solo e a produtividade de milho e feijão-de-corda em sistema de rotação. O experimento foi conduzido em campo, utilizando-se do delineamento em blocos ao acaso, com cinco repetições. O primeiro cultivo foi instalado durante a estação seca de 2007, com a cultura do milho irrigada com água de diferentes salinidades (0,8; 2,2; 3,6 e 5,0 dS m-1). As plantas foram coletadas aos 90 dias após a semeadura (DAS), sendo realizadas as avaliações: crescimento vegetativo, produção de grãos por planta, matéria seca de 1.000 grãos e produtividade. Durante a estação chuvosa de 2008, foi cultivado o feijão caupi nas mesmas parcelas que foram cultivadas com milho. Ao final do ciclo, as plantas foram coletadas, sendo realizadas avaliações de crescimento vegetativo e produtividade. Amostras de solo foram coletadas antes e após o cultivo do milho e ao final do cultivo com feijão caupi. A salinidade da água de irrigação acima 2,2 dS m-1 reduziu a produtividade do milho durante o período seco. Os elevados totais de precipitação pluviométrica durante a estação chuvosa proporcionaram a lixiviação dos sais acumulados durante o cultivo na estação seca e eliminaram os possíveis efeitos negativos da salinidade sobre o feijão caupi. Porém, o feijão caupi apresentou um comportamento atípico com uma expressiva proporção de massa vegetativa e baixa produção de vagens, o que reduziu a eficiência dessa estratégia de rotação de culturas, nas condições do presente estudo. Abstract in english The use of saline water and the reuse of drainage water for irrigation depend on long-term strategies that ensure the sustainability of socio-economic and environmental impacts of agricultural systems. In this study, it was evaluated the effects of irrigation with saline water in the dry season and [...] fresh water in the rainy season on the soil salt accumulation yield of maize and cowpea, in a crop rotation system. The experiment was conducted in the field, using a randomized complete block design, with five replications. The first crop was installed during the dry season of 2007, with maize irrigated with water of different salinities (0.8, 2.2, 3.6 and 5.0 dS m-1). The maize plants were harvested at 90 days after sowing (DAS), and vegetative growth, dry mass of 1000 seeds and grain yield were evaluated. The same plots were utilized for the cultivation of cowpea, during the rainy season of 2008. At the end of the crop, cycle plants of this species were harvested, being evaluated the vegetative growth and plant yield. Soil samples were collected before and after maize and cowpea cultivation. The salinity of irrigation water above 2.2 dS m-1 reduced the yield of maize during the dry season. The high total rainfall during the rainy season resulted in leaching of salts accumulated during cultivation in the dry season, and eliminated the possible negative effects of salinity on cowpea plants. However, this crop showed atypical behavior with a significant proportion of vegetative mass and low pod production, which reduced the efficiency of this strategy of crop rotation under the conditions of this study.

Claudivan F., Lacerda; Geocleber G., Sousa; Francisco L. B., Silva; Francisco V. A., Guimarães; Giovana L., Silva; Lourival F., Cavalcante.

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Soil microarthropods (Acari and Collembola) in two crop rotations on a heavy marine clay soil  

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In 1983 and 1984 an inventory was made of the edaphic mites and springtails in a six-year rotation, a three-year rotation and a three-year rotation in which the soil was disinfectedwith metamsodium after the potato crop was harvested. The aim was to find possible direct or indirect biological factors related to the yield loss observed in the three-year rotation potato crop. The test site was situated on a heavy marine clay soil. Samples were taken four times in the course of the growing seaso...

Jagers Op Akkerhuis, Gerard; Ley, F.; Zwetsloot, Henk; Ponge, Jean-franc?ois; Brussaard, Lijbert

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Desempenho agronômico da soja sob diferentes rotações e sucessões de culturas em sistema plantio direto = Agronomic performance of soybean in different rotations and successions of crops in no tillage system  

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Full Text Available Este trabalho faz parte de um projeto de longa duração que teve início em 1997 e envolve produção de grãos baseada em sistemas de rotação ou sucessão de culturas. O experimento foi desenvolvido no ano agrícola 2005/06, em LATOSSOLO VERMELHO Distroférrico, na Fazenda Experimental de Ciências Agrárias da Universidade Federal daGrande Dourados - UFGD, em Dourados, Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados com sete tratamentos e três repetições. Em cada parcela, foram semeadas mecanicamente 26 linhas de soja com 36 m de comprimento,espaçadas entre si por 0,45 m. Os tratamentos consistiram de sete sistemas de rotação ou sucessão, envolvendo espécies semeadas solteiras ou com misturas de espécies antecessoras a soja, constituindo os seguintes tratamentos: Sistema 1: rotalária+ervilhaca/soja; Sistema 2: ervilhaca+aveia+nabo/soja; Sistema 3: girassol/soja; Sistema 4: milheto/soja; Sistema 5:milho/soja; Sistema 6: trigo/soja e Sistema 7: aveia/soja. Foram avaliadas a altura de planta, altura de inserção da primeira vagem, número de ramificações por planta, número de vagens por planta, produtividade da soja, massa de 100 grãos. Concluiu-se que podem ser utilizadas várias espécies em rotação ou sucessão de cultura com a soja no sistema plantio direto consolidado, sem afetar os componentes de produção da leguminosa.This work is a part of a long-term project that began in 1997 and which involves grain production based on crop rotation or cropsuccession systems. The experiment was carried out in the 2005/06 season, in a Dystroferric Red Latosol, in the Agrarian Science Experimental Farm of Federal University of Great Dourados – UFGD, in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The experimental designwas in randomized blocks with seven treatments and three replications. In each parcel, 26 rows of soybean were sowed, 36 m long, spaced 0.45 m apart. Treatments consisted of seven systems of rotation or succession, involving species that were sowed alone or mixed with species that preceded soybean, comprising the following treatments: System 1: crotalaria + vetch /soybean; System 2: vetch +oat + turnip/soybean; System 3: sunflower/soybean; System 4: millet/soybean; System 5: corn/soybean; System 6:wheat/soybean; and System 7: oat/soybean. Plant height, insertion height of first pod, number of plant ramifications, number of pods per plant, soybean yield, and mass of 100 grains were evaluated. It was concluded that in a no-tillage consolidated system, variousspecies can be used in rotation or succession with soybean, without affecting the components of the leguminous yield.

Cinthia Raquel Mancin

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Carbon stock and its compartments in a subtropical oxisol under long-term tillage and crop rotation systems / Estoque e compartimentos de carbono em um latossolo vermelho subtropical sob diferentes sistemas de longo prazo de preparo e rotação de culturas  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese A matéria orgânica do solo (MOS) desempenha papel relevante na qualidade do solo e pode atuar como dreno de C-CO2 atmosférico em solos sob sistemas de manejo conservacionista. Este estudo foi realizado com o objetivo de investigar o efeito de longo prazo (19 anos) de sistemas de preparo do solo (PC- [...] preparo convencional e PD-plantio direto) e de rotação de culturas (R0- sucessão de monoculturas, R1- rotação de culturas de inverno e R2- rotação intensiva de culturas) no estoque de carbono (C) orgânico total, particulado e associado a minerais de um Latossolo Vermelho, originalmente degradado, do Sul do Brasil. O clima é subtropical úmido Cfa 2, segundo a classificação de Köppen, com média anual de precipitação pluvial de 1.774 mm e média anual de temperatura de 19,2 ºC. As parcelas experimentais foram divididas em três segmentos, e em cada um destes foram coletadas amostras nas profundidades de 0-0,05, 0,05-0,10, 0,10-0,20 e 0,20-0,30 m. As amostras foram coletadas por meio da abertura manual de pequenas trincheiras. O estoque de C no solo apresentou relação linear com o aporte anual de C, independentemente do sistema de preparo investigado. Assim, o preparo do solo teve pequeno efeito no incremento da taxa de decomposição da MOS. Na camada de 0-0,30 m, a taxa de sequestro de C variou de zero a 0,51 Mg ha-1 ano-1 considerando o tratamento CT R0 como referência, sendo a rotação de culturas uma estratégia mais eficiente em determinar o acúmulo de C do que os sistemas de preparo. Na média dos sistemas de cultura, uma taxa de sequestro de C de 0,13 Mg ha-1ano-1 foi observada sob PD em relação ao PC. Isso é claro? Esse resultado foi determinado pelo maior aporte de C proporcionado pela melhoria da qualidade do solo em PD adotado por longo prazo. A fração particulada de C foi um indicador eficiente da qualidade dos sistemas de manejo, enquanto o C orgânico associado aos minerais foi um importante dreno de C-CO2 atmosférico nesse Latossolo argiloso. A retenção de C nessa fração estável da MOS contribuiu com 81 e 89 % do total de C sequestrado no solo em PD, nos sistemas R1 e R2, respectivamente. O maior índice de manejo de C foi verificado sob PD R2, confirmando o potencial de práticas de manejo em melhorar qualitativamente o C armazenado no solo, em relação ao PC R0. Esses resultados mostram que a diversificação da rotação de culturas, notadamente com a inclusão de plantas de cobertura, é uma importante estratégia para o sequestro de C-CO2 atmosférico e melhoria da qualidade da MOS em Latossolos subtropicais intemperizados. Abstract in english Soil organic matter (SOM) plays a crucial role in soil quality and can act as an atmospheric C-CO2 sink under conservationist management systems. This study aimed to evaluate the long-term effects (19 years) of tillage (CT-conventional tillage and NT-no tillage) and crop rotations (R0-monoculture sy [...] stem, R1-winter crop rotation, and R2- intensive crop rotation) on total, particulate and mineral-associated organic carbon (C) stocks of an originally degraded Red Oxisol in Cruz Alta, RS, Southern Brazil. The climate is humid subtropical Cfa 2a (Köppen classification), the mean annual precipitation 1,774 mm and mean annual temperature 19.2 ºC. The plots were divided into four segments, of which each was sampled in the layers 0-0.05, 0.05-0.10, 0.10-0.20, and 0.20-0.30 m. Sampling was performed manually by opening small trenches. The SOM pools were determined by physical fractionation. Soil C stocks had a linear relationship with annual crop C inputs, regardless of the tillage systems. Thus, soil disturbance had a minor effect on SOM turnover. In the 0-0.30 m layer, soil C sequestration ranged from 0 to 0.51 Mg ha-1 yr-1, using the CT R0 treatment as base-line; crop rotation systems had more influence on soil stock C than tillage systems. The mean C sequestration rate of the cropping systems was 0.13 Mg ha-1 yr-1 higher in NT than CT. This result w

Ben-Hur Costa de, Campos; Telmo Jorge Carneiro, Amado; Cimélio, Bayer; Rodrigo da Silveira, Nicoloso; Jackson Ernani, Fiorin.

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Nitrogen dynamics in soybean-based crop rotations under conventional and zero tillage in Brazil  

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Approximately 70% of Brazilian agriculture is based on the cultivation of highly weathered soils located in tropical and subtropical savannah areas, where the zero or no tillage (ZT) system is now considered as the best alternative to the traditional conventional tillage (CT). During the period 1999-2004 the Agrobiology Centre of Embrapa implemented a research program using nuclear and related techniques to study the main processes involved in the dynamics and cycling of N for predominant crop rotations grown at five locations under ZT in comparison to CT, on acidic savannah soils of both southern and Cerrado regions of Brazil. The most relevant results of these studies were: (1) The soybean crop derived a high proportion of its N (over 80%) from biological nitrogen fixation (BNF). The BNF system is so efficient that attempts to increase grain yields by addition of N fertilizer are hardly ever successful as long as the plants have been effectively inoculated with the recommended Bradyrhizobium strains. (2) The N fertilizer use efficiency by the maize crop fertilized with 80 to 90 kg N ha-1 varied from 40 to 60%. (3). A maximum 10% of N-urea applied broadcast over the soil surface (40 kg N ha-1) in a maize crop was lost via NH3 volatilization, with the highest values under ZT. (4). The inclusion of green manure legumes (GMLs) such as lupin and vetch, which are highly efficient in BNF was essential to promote a positive soil N balance in crop rotations and to increase the stock of soil organic C. (5) Less than 900 g N-N2O ha-1 yr-1 were lost from the soil surface, and the highest values were found under CT. (6) Even thought the contribution of BNF to the Brazilian soybean crop is high (over 80%), the accurate assessment of this input to the soil N balance still remain unclear due to methodological problems using the leaf labeling technique to estimate residual below-ground N. Results obtained so far suggest that these methodological issues need to be overcome before these estimates can be considered as reliable. These results demonstrate the enormous potential impact of BNF in legumes such as soybean and green manures and their management under ZT and CT on the N cycling processes and overall C and N stocks in tropical acid savannah soils, thus contributing to the productivity and sustainability of the agricultural production systems. (author)

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Genome scan of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera for genetic variation associated with crop rotation tolerance  

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Crop rotation has been a valuable technique for control of Diabrotica virgifera virgifera for almost a century. However, during the last two decades, crop rotation has ceased to be effective in an expanding area of the US corn belt. This failure appears to be due to a change in the insect's oviposition behaviour, which, in all probability, has an underlying genetic basis. A preliminary genome scan using 253 amplified fragment-length polymorphism (AFLP) markers sought to identify genetic varia...

Miller, N. J.; Ciosi, M.; Sappington, T. W.; Ratcliffe, S. T.; Spencer, J. L.; Guillemaud, T.

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Management of Lesion Nematodes and Potato Early Dying with Rotation Crops  

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Soil-incorporated rotation/green manure crops were evaluated for management of potato early dying caused by Verticillium dahliae and Pratylenchus penetrans. After two years of rotation/green manure and a subsequent potato crop, P. penetrans numbers were less after ‘Saia’ oat/‘Polynema’ marigold, ‘Triple S’ sorghum-sudangrass, or ‘Garry’ oat than ‘Superior’ potato or ‘Humus’ rapeseed. The area under the disease progress curve (AUDPC) for early dying was lowest after Sai...

Lamondia, J. A.

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Influence of Rotation Crops on the Strawberry Pathogens Pratylenchus penetrans, Meloidogyne hapla, and Rhizoctonia fragariae  

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Field microplot, small plot, and greenhouse experiments were conducted to determine the effects of rotation crops on Pratylenchus penetrans, Meloidogyne hapla, and Rhizoctonia fragariae populations. Extraction of P. penetrans from roots and soil in microplots and field plots planted to rotation crops was highest for Garry oat, lowest for Triple S sorgho-sudangrass and Saia oat, and intermediate for strawberry, buckwheat, and canola. Isolation of R. fragariae from bait roots was highest for st...

Lamondia, J. A.

1999-01-01

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Nitrous oxide emissions from crop rotations including wheat, oilseed rape and dry peas  

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Approximately 65% of anthropogenic emissions of N2O, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), originate from soils at a global scale, and particularly after N fertilisation of the main crops in Europe. Thanks to their capacity to fix atmospheric N2 through biological fixation, legumes can reduce N fertilizer use, and possibly N2O emissions. Nevertheless, the decomposition of crop organic matter during the crop cycle and residue decomposition, and possibly the N fixation process itself, could lead to N2O emissions. The objective of this study was to quantify N2O emissions from a dry pea crop (Pisum sativum, harvested at maturity) and from the subsequent crops in comparison with N2O emissions from wheat and oilseed rape crops, fertilized or not, in various rotations. A field experiment was conducted over 4 consecutive years to compare the emissions during the pea crop, in comparison with those during the wheat (fertilized or not) or oilseed rape crops, and after the pea crop, in comparison with other preceding crops. N2O fluxes were measured using static chambers. In spite of low N2O fluxes, mainly due to the site's soil characteristics, fluxes during the crop were significantly lower for pea and unfertilized wheat than for fertilized wheat and oilseed rape. The effect of the preceding crop was not significant, while soil mineral N at harvest was higher after the pea crop. These results should be confirmed over a wider range of soil types. Nevertheless, they demonstrate the absence of N2O emissions linked to the symbiotic N fixation process, and allow us to estimate the decrease in N2O emissions by 20-25% through including one pea crop in a three-year rotation. On a larger scale, this reduction of GHG emissions at field level has to be added to the decrease due to the reduced production and transport of the N fertilizer not applied to the pea crop.

Jeuffroy, M. H.; Baranger, E.; Carrouée, B.; de Chezelles, E.; Gosme, M.; Hénault, C.; Schneider, A.; Cellier, P.

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Analysis of Multitemporal and Multisensor Remote Sensing Data for Crop Rotation Mapping  

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For accurate regional modelling of (agro-)ecosystems, up-to-date land use information is essential to assess the impact of the permanent changing vegetation cover of agricultural land on matter fluxes in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere (SVA) system. In this regard, officially available land use datasets are mostly inadequate, since they only provide generalised information concerning agricultural land use. In this contribution, we present our work for the year 2008 on the generation of multi temporal, disaggregated land use data with the goal to derive a crop rotation map for the years 2008-2010 for the study area of the research project CRC/TR 32. For this purpose, the Multi-Data Approach (MDA) was used to integrate multitemporal remote sensing classifications with additional spatial information by the means of expert knowledge-based production rules. Our results show that the information content of a land use dataset is considerably enhanced by combining crop type information of multiple observations during each growing season. For a sufficient temporal coverage, the usage of multiple sensors is generally inevitable. Thus, datasets of ASTER, Landsat TM & ETM+ as well as IRS-P6 were incorporated. In terms of classification accuracy our analysis yielded similar results with support vector machines (SVM) and the classical maximum likelihood classifier (MLC) for all sensors, with SVM being mostly only slightly better. For the refinement of land parcel boundaries and the reduction of misclassification, the incorporation of the 'field block' (FB) vector information was very effective. 'Field blocks', provided by the chamber of agriculture, are coherent agricultural areas with (relatively) permanent boundaries. As a result, a much more accurate differentiation of agricultural land and non-agricultural land was achieved. With the enhanced annual MDA land use data of the three consecutive years containing crop type information sufficient information is available for the derivation of crop rotation. Again, adapted knowledge-based production rules are used for this purpose.

Waldhoff, G.; Curdt, C.; Hoffmeister, D.; Bareth, G.

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Carbon sequestration in dryland soils and plant residue as influenced by tillage and crop rotation.  

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Long-term use of conventional tillage and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)-fallow systems in the northern Great Plains have resulted in low soil organic carbon (SOC) levels. We examined the effects of two tillage practices [conventional till (CT) and no-till (NT)], five crop rotations [continuous spring wheat (CW), spring wheat-fallow (W-F), spring wheat-lentil (Lens culinaris Medic.) (W-L), spring wheat-spring wheat-fallow (W-W-F), and spring wheat-pea (Pisum sativum L.)-fallow (W-P-F)], and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) planting on plant C input, SOC, and particulate organic carbon (POC). A field experiment was conducted in a mixture of Scobey clay loam (fine-loamy, mixed, Aridic Argiborolls) and Kevin clay loam (fine, montmorillonitic, Aridic Argiborolls) from 1998 to 2003 in Havre, MT. Total plant biomass returned to the soil from 1998 to 2003 was greater in CW (15.5 Mg ha(-1)) than in other rotations. Residue cover, amount, and C content in 2004 were 33 to 86% greater in NT than in CT and greater in CRP than in crop rotations. Residue amount (2.47 Mg ha(-1)) and C content (0.96 Mg ha(-1)) were greater in NT with CW than in other treatments, except in CT with CRP and W-F and in NT with CRP and W-W-F. The SOC at the 0- to 5-cm depth was 23% greater in NT (6.4 Mg ha(-1)) than in CT. The POC was not influenced by tillage and crop rotation, but POC to SOC ratio at the 0- to 20-cm depth was greater in NT with W-L (369 g kg(-1) SOC) than in CT with CW, W-F, and W-L. From 1998 to 2003, SOC at the 0- to 20-cm depth decreased by 4% in CT but increased by 3% in NT. Carbon can be sequestered in dryland soils and plant residue in areas previously under CRP using reduced tillage and increased cropping intensity, such as NT with CW, compared with traditional practice, such as CT with W-F system, and the content can be similar to that in CRP planting. PMID:16825454

Sainju, Upendra M; Lenssen, Andrew; Caesar-Thonthat, Thecan; Waddell, Jed

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Improved growth and nutrient status of an oat cover crop in sod-based versus conventional peanut-cotton rotations  

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Nitrogen (N) leaching from agricultural soils is a major concern in the southeastern USA. A winter cover crop following the summer crop rotation is essential for controlling N leaching and soil run-off, thereby improving sustainable development. Rotation of peanut (Arachis hypogea L.) and cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) with bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) (i.e. sod-based rotation) can greatly improve soil health and increase crop yields and profitability. In the sod-based rotation, the winter c...

Zhao, Duli; Wright, David L.; Marois, James J.; Mackowiak, Cheryl L.; Brennan, Meghan

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Energy balance of five fodder cropping systems in the irrigated lowlands of Northern Italy  

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Full Text Available Extensification has recently become an important option in Western European agriculture, driven both by economic considerations (product surpluses together with the fact that developed countries cropping systems have been heavily relying on fossil energy and growing public concern on the possible adverse effects of intensive farming on the environment and human health. The adoption of rational fodder crop rotations, with the rediscovery of the beneficial effect of the meadow, is viewed as a possible mean to reduce the impact of farming systems in the lowlands of Northern Italy, characterised by highly intensive cropping and animal husbandry. For this reason our study examines the effects of crop rotation on the energy balance during 1985-2007 period in a long-term crop rotation trial in Northern Italy comparing five fodder crop systems, different in the degree of crop intensification and for the presence or absence of the meadow: a 1-year continuous cereal double cropping (R1; a 3-year rotation (R3; a 6-year rotation (R6; a permanent meadow (PM; and a continuous grain maize cropping (CM. Each rotation was subjected to two input treatments, defined as high (mostly used in lowlands of northern Italy and low (input reduction of ca. 30% respectively, in terms of nutrient levels, herbicide doses, and soil tillage methods. The crop rotations exerted a marked influence on the energy balance. The most efficient rotations in terms of net energy production energy efficiency have been characterized by reduced length and presence of maize and catch-crops.

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Tracking nitrogen losses in a greenhouse crop rotation experiment in North China using the EU-Rotate{sub N} simulation model  

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Vegetable production in China is associated with high inputs of nitrogen, posing a risk of losses to the environment. Organic matter mineralisation is a considerable source of nitrogen (N) which is hard to quantify. In a two-year greenhouse cucumber experiment with different N treatments in North China, non-observed pathways of the N cycle were estimated using the EU-Rotate{sub N} simulation model. EU-Rotate{sub N} was calibrated against crop dry matter and soil moisture data to predict crop N uptake, soil mineral N contents, N mineralisation and N loss. Crop N uptake (Modelling Efficiencies (ME) between 0.80 and 0.92) and soil mineral N contents in different soil layers (ME between 0.24 and 0.74) were satisfactorily simulated by the model for all N treatments except for the traditional N management. The model predicted high N mineralisation rates and N leaching losses, suggesting that previously published estimates of N leaching for these production systems strongly underestimated the mineralisation of N from organic matter. - The EU-Rotate{sub N} model can satisfactorily simulate crop N uptake and N{sub min} dynamics in a typical greenhouse cucumber production system of North China

Guo Ruiying [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Arid and Grassland Ecology, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, No. 222 Tianshui Nanlu, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu Province (China); Nendel, Claas, E-mail: nendel@zalf.d [Institute for Landscape Systems Analysis, Leibniz-Center for Agricultural Landscape Research, Eberswalder Strasse 84, 15374 Muencheberg (Germany); Rahn, Clive [Warwick HRI, Wellesbourne CV35 9EF (United Kingdom); Jiang Chunguang; Chen Qing [College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, No. 2 Yuanmingyuan Xilu, Haidian, Beijing 100193 (China)

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Análise de risco em quatro sistemas de rotação de culturas para trigo, num período de dez anos, em Passo Fundo, RS Risk analysis of four crop rotation systems for wheat, over a ten-year period, in Passo Fundo, RS  

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Full Text Available Num período de dez anos (1980 a 1989, foi conduzido, na Embrapa-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Trigo (CNPT, em Passo Fundo, RS, experimento reunindo quatro sistemas de rotação de culturas para trigo (Triticum aestivum L.: sistema I (trigo/soja; sistema II (trigo/soja, colza/soja, cevada/soja e tremoço ou serradela/milho; sistema III (trigo/soja, trevo vesiculoso/trevo vesiculoso, trevo vesiculoso/milho, de 1980 a 1983, e trigo/soja, aveia branca/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1984 a 1989; e sistema IV (trigo/soja, colza/soja, linho/soja e tremoço ou serradela/milho. Utilizou-se o delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições e parcelas com área útil de 120 m². No presente trabalho, mostra-se a análise de risco naquele período. Foram aplicados dois tipos de análise na receita líquida dos sistemas: análise da média variância e análise de risco (distribuição de probabilidade acumulada e dominância estocástica. Pela análise da média variância da receita líquida, os sistemas II e IV foram superiores aos sistemas I e III. Pelo método da dominância estocástica, o sistema II apresentou- se como a melhor alternativa de produção a ser oferecida aos agricultores, do ponto de vista de lucratividade e menor risco.During ten years (1980 to 1989, at the Embrapa-Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Trigo (CNPT, in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil, the effects of crop rotation systems on wheat (Triticum aestivum L. were assessed. Four rotation systems for wheat were studied: system I (wheat/soybean; system II (wheat/soybean, rapeseed/soybean, barley/soybean, lupine or serradella/corn; system III (wheat/soybean, arrowleaf clover/arrowleaf clover, and arrowleaf clover/corn, from 1980 to 1983, and wheat/soybean, white oats/soybean, and common vetch/corn, from 1984 to 1989; and system IV (wheat/soybean, rapeseed/soybean, flax/soybean, and lupine or serradella/corn. A randomized complete block design, with four replications and plots with 120 m², was used. Risk analysis over that period is presented in this paper. Two types of analysis were applied to the net return of the systems: mean-variance analysis and risk analysis (safety-first and stochastic dominance. By the mean-variance analysis, systems II and IV showed higher net returns as compared to systems I and III. The system II showed the highest profit and the lowest risk to be offered to the farmer, as compared to the remaining systems studied.

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Análise econômica de sistemas de rotação de culturas para trigo, num período de dez anos, sob plantio direto Economic analysis of crop rotation systems for wheat, over a ten year period, under no-tillage  

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Full Text Available Durante os anos de 1984 a 1993, foi conduzido, em Guarapuava, PR, experimento composto de sistemas de rotação de culturas para trigo: sistema I (trigo/soja; sistema II (trigo/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1984 a 1989, e trigo/soja e aveia-branca/soja, de 1990 a 1993; sistema III (trigo/soja, linho/soja e ervilhaca/milho, de 1984 a 1989, e trigo/soja, ervilhaca/milho e aveia-branca/soja, de 1990 a 1993; e sistema IV (trigo/soja, leguminosas/milho, cevada/soja e aveia-branca/soja. A análise econômica do período é apresentada neste trabalho. De 1984 a 1989, os sistemas I, II, III e IV não mostraram diferenças entre as médias quanto à receita líquida. Da mesma forma, de 1990 a 1993, os sistemas II, III e IV não diferiram significativamente no tocante a receita líquida, em relação ao sistema I; no entanto, considerando-se as comparações anuais, o sistema II apresentou maior lucratividade do que o sistema I, em seis anos, e não diferiu em quatro anos, sendo, portanto, aquele, uma boa alternativa em relação a este, principalmente no primeiro período.From 1984 to 1993, in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil, the effect of crop rotation systems on wheat were assessed. Four rotation systems for wheat were studied: system I (wheat/soybean; system II (wheat/soybean and common vetch/corn, from 1984 to 1989, and wheat/soybean and white oats/soybean, from 1990 to 1993; system III (wheat/soybean, flax/soybean, and common vetch/corn, from 1984 to 1989, and wheat/soybean, common vetch/corn, and white oats/soybean, from 1990 to 1993; and system IV (wheat/soybean, legume/corn, barley/soybean, and white oats/soybean. The economic analysis on that period is presented in this paper. From 1984 to 1989, systems I, II, III, and IV showed no differences in their net return means. Similarly, from 1990 to 1993, systems II, III, and IV mean net returns did not differ significantly in relation to the system I; however, considering the annual comparison, the system II showed higher profit than the system I in six years and did not differ in four years, making it a good alternative, mainly in the first period.

Henrique Pereira dos Santos

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Soil enzyme activities under long-term tillage and crop rotation systems in subtropical agro-ecosystems Atividade enzimática em solo sob plantio direto e rotações de culturas em agro-ecossistema subtropical  

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Agricultural practices that reduce soil degradation and improve agricultural sustainability are needed particularly for tropical/subtropical soils. No-tillage planting causes minimal soil disturbance and combined with crop rotation may hold potential to meet these goals. Soil enzyme activities can provide information on how soil management is affecting the potential to perform the processes in soils such as decomposition and nutrient cycling. Soil enzyme activities were investigated in a spli...

Elcio Liborio Balota; Miriam Kanashiro; Arnaldo Colozzi Filho; Diva Souza Andrade; Richard Peter Dick

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Effect of Crop Rotation and Tillage on Nematode Densities in Tropical Corn  

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Effects of tillage and crop rotation on nematode densities in tropical corn (Zea mays cv. Pioneer X304C) were examined in a factorial experiment with two rotation crops and two tillage practices (no-till vs. conventional-till), conducted in each of three seasons (1990-1992) in north Florida. The rotation treatments consisted of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor cv. DeKalb BR64) or soybean (Glycine max) grown during the 1989 season. Densities of Meloidogyne incognita (race 1) remained lower throughout ...

Mcsorley, R.; Gallaher, R. N.

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Soil enzyme activities under long-term tillage and crop rotation systems in subtropical agro-ecosystems Atividade enzimática em solo sob plantio direto e rotações de culturas em agro-ecossistema subtropical  

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Full Text Available Agricultural practices that reduce soil degradation and improve agricultural sustainability are needed particularly for tropical/subtropical soils. No-tillage planting causes minimal soil disturbance and combined with crop rotation may hold potential to meet these goals. Soil enzyme activities can provide information on how soil management is affecting the potential to perform the processes in soils such as decomposition and nutrient cycling. Soil enzyme activities were investigated in a split-plot experiment (3 replications where tillage (no till and conventional was the main plot and crop rotation (soybean/wheat, S/W; maize/wheat, M/W or cotton/wheat, C/W was the subplot. The experiment was established in 1976 in southern Brazil. Soil samples were taken at 0-5, 5-10 and 10-20 cm depths in 1997 and 1998. The 0-5 cm layer under NT system showed increases up 68% for amylase, 90% for cellulase, 219% for arylsulfatase, 46% for acid phosphatase, and 61% for alkaline phosphatase. There were significant correlations of soil enzyme activities with total organic C, and C and N microbial biomass. These results showed that NT increased microbial activity and that soil enzyme activity is a sensitive indicator of alteration soil quality by management.Práticas agrícolas que reduzam a degradação do solo e promovam sustentabilidade são importantes para os agrossistemas tropicais/subtropicais. O plantio direto (PD diminui as perdas de solo e, se combinado com rotação de culturas pode proteger o solo da degradação físico-química provocada pela agricultura intensiva. A atividade enzimática do solo pode fornecer importantes informações de como o manejo do solo está afetando a decomposição da material orgânica e a ciclagem dos nutrientes. Assim, avaliou-se a atividade das enzimas amilase, celulose, arilsulfatase, fosfatase ácida e fosfatase alcalina em um experimento a campo, instalado em 1976 em Londrina, PR, que tem como tratamentos o preparo do solo (plantio direto ou convencional nas parcelas e a rotação de culturas (soja/trigo, milho/trigo e algodão/trigo nas subparcelas. Amostras de solos foram coletadas a 0-5, 5-10 e 10-20 cm de profundidade em 1997 e 1998. Na profundidade de 0-5 cm sob PD, observaram-se aumentos de 68% na atividade da amilase, 90% na celulase, 219% na arilsulfatase, 46% na fosfatase ácida e 61% na fosfatase alcalina. Observaram-se correlações significativas entre a atividade enzimática e o C-orgânico total do solo e o C e N da biomassa microbiana. Esses resultados evidenciam que a atividade enzimática do solo é um indicador sensível de alterações na qualidade do solo, promovidas pelo manejo.

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Soybean benefit to a subsequent wheat crop in a cropping system under zero tillage  

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This experiment was conducted to compare biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) contributions to soybean crops and the effect of the presence of its residues to the production of wheat under two tillage systems. The plots were established in the experimental area of the Embrapa Soybean Centre in the State of Parana, southern Brazil. A soybean/wheat rotation was planted under conventional and zero tillage (CT and ZT, respectively). The contribution of BNF to soybean was assessed using the ?15N technique and the relative abundance of ureides. An N balance was performed based on the dry matter and N content of, and the BNF contribution to, the whole crop. Plant-residue decomposition was evaluated by field sampling. Wheat responses to the previous soybean crop and tillage treatments were evaluated from the wheat yields and the 'A'-value technique. Comparing ZT and CT, there were no marked differences in grain yield or N accumulation by the crops, but BNF was higher in the soybean under ZT. Although for both tillage systems the BNF contribution to soybean was over 170 kg N/ha, the benefit to the subsequent crop was due to the release of N from extremely labile soybean residues of low C:N ratio and not because of a net gain of N from BNF. (author)

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Rendimento de grãos de soja em função de diferentes sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação de culturas Soybean yield associated to different soil tillage methods and crop rotations systems  

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Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi avaliar sistemas de manejo de solo e de rotação de culturas sobre o rendimento de grãos e componentes do rendimento de soja durante seis anos. Foram comparados quatro sistemas de manejo de solo - 1 plantio direto, 2 cultivo mínimo, no inverno e semeadura direta, no verão, 3 preparo convencional de solo com arado de discos, no inverno e semeadura direta, no verão e 4 preparo convencional de solo com arado de aivecas, no inverno e semeadura direta, no verão - e três sistemas de rotação de culturas: sistema I (trigo/soja, sistema II (trigo/soja e ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo e sistema III (trigo/soja, ervilhaca/milho ou sorgo e aveia branca/soja. O delineamento experimental foi de blocos ao acaso, com parcelas subdivididas e três repetições. O rendimento de grãos e o peso de 1.000 grãos de soja cultivada sob plantio direto e sob cultivo mínimo foi superior ao de soja cultivada sob preparo convencional de solo com arado de discos e com arado de aivecas. A maior estatura de plantas de soja ocorreu no plantio direto. O rendimento de grãos de soja cultivada após trigo, no sistema II, foi superior ao de soja cultivada após aveia branca e após trigo, no sistema III, e após trigo, no sistema I. O menor rendimento de grãos, peso de grãos por planta de soja e peso de 1.000 grãos ocorreu quando em monocultura (trigo/soja.The objective of this six-year study was to assess the soil tillage systems and crop rotation systems on soybean grain and yield components were evaluated at Embrapa Trigo in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil. Four soil tillage systems - 1 no-tillage, 2 minimum tillage in winter and no-tillage in summer, 3 conventional tillage with disk plow in winter and no-tillage in summer, and 4 tillage using a moldboard plow in winter and no-tillage in summer - and three crop rotation systems [system I (wheat/soybean, system II (wheat/soybean and common vetch/corn or sorghum, and system III (wheat/soybean, common vetch/corn or sorghum and white oats/soybean]. An experimental randomized blocks design, with split-plots and three replications, was used. The yield and weight of 1,000 kernels of soybean grown under no-tillage and minimum tillage was higher than soybean grown conventional soil tillage with disk plow and a moldboard plow. Plant height showed higher in the no-tillage. The yield of soybean grown after wheat, in system II, was higher than soybean grown after white oats and after wheat, in system III, and after wheat, in system I. The lowest soybean yield, grain weight/plant, and weight of 1,000 kernels was obtained in monoculture (wheat/soybean.

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Propriedades físicas do solo em sistemas de rotação de culturas conforme o uso de corretivos da acidez Soil physical properties in crop rotation systems as affected by liming materials  

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Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de sistemas de rotação de culturas e de corretivos da acidez nas propriedades físicas do solo. O experimento foi realizado entre outubro de 2006 e julho de 2008, em Botucatu, SP, em blocos ao acaso, com parcelas subdivididas e oito repetições. As parcelas foram constituídas por quatro sistemas de rotação: soja/pousio/milho/pousio, soja/aveia-branca/milho/feijão, soja/milheto/milho/guandu e soja/braquiária/milho/braquiária. As subparcelas consistiram do tratamento testemunha, sem correção, e da aplicação de 3,8 Mg ha-1 de calcário dolomítico (PRNT = 90% ou de 4,1 Mg ha-1 de silicato de cálcio e magnésio (PRNT = 80%, na superfície de um Latossolo Vermelho argiloso. Foram determinadas: estabilidade de agregados, densidade do solo, porosidade total, macro e microporosidade, resistência do solo à penetração e umidade do solo. A aplicação dos corretivos de acidez em superfície não reduz a agregação do solo e aumenta a macroporosidade até 0,20 m de profundidade, após aplicação de silicato, e até 0,10 m, após aplicação de calcário. A manutenção do solo em pousio, na entressafra, prejudica a estruturação do solo, reduz a estabilidade de agregados e aumenta a resistência à penetração nas camadas superficiais. A semeadura de braquiária, entre as safras de verão, aumenta a estabilidade de agregados até 0,10 m de profundidade.The objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of crop rotation systems and liming materials on soil physical properties. The experiment was carried out from October 2006 to July 2008, in Botucatu, SP, Brazil, in a completely randomized block design in a split-plot arrangement with eight replicates. Main plots consisted of four crop rotation systems: soybean/fallow/maize/fallow, soybean/white-oat/maize/bean, soybean/millet/maize/pigeon pea and soybean/signal grass/maize/signal grass. Subplots consisted of the control treatment, without soil correction, and of the application of 3.8 Mg ha-1 of dolomitic lime (ECC = 90% or 4.1 Mg ha-1 of calcium-magnesium silicate (ECC = 80%, on the surface of a clayed Rhodic Ferralsol. Aggregate stability, soil bulk density, total porosity, macro and microporosity, soil penetration resistance and moisture content were evaluated. Superficial application of the lime materials does not reduce soil aggregation and increases macroporosity down to 0.20 m, with calcium-magnesium silicate application, and to 0.10 m, when lime is applied. Soil under fallow in off-season decreases aggregate stability and increases soil penetration resistance in upper layers. The cultivation of Congo signal grass, between summer crops, increases aggregate stability down to 0.10-m depth.

Gustavo Spadotti Amaral Castro

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Propriedades físicas do solo em sistemas de rotação de culturas conforme o uso de corretivos da acidez / Soil physical properties in crop rotation systems as affected by liming materials  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de sistemas de rotação de culturas e de corretivos da acidez nas propriedades físicas do solo. O experimento foi realizado entre outubro de 2006 e julho de 2008, em Botucatu, SP, em blocos ao acaso, com parcelas subdivididas e oito repetições. As parcel [...] as foram constituídas por quatro sistemas de rotação: soja/pousio/milho/pousio, soja/aveia-branca/milho/feijão, soja/milheto/milho/guandu e soja/braquiária/milho/braquiária. As subparcelas consistiram do tratamento testemunha, sem correção, e da aplicação de 3,8 Mg ha-1 de calcário dolomítico (PRNT = 90%) ou de 4,1 Mg ha-1 de silicato de cálcio e magnésio (PRNT = 80%), na superfície de um Latossolo Vermelho argiloso. Foram determinadas: estabilidade de agregados, densidade do solo, porosidade total, macro e microporosidade, resistência do solo à penetração e umidade do solo. A aplicação dos corretivos de acidez em superfície não reduz a agregação do solo e aumenta a macroporosidade até 0,20 m de profundidade, após aplicação de silicato, e até 0,10 m, após aplicação de calcário. A manutenção do solo em pousio, na entressafra, prejudica a estruturação do solo, reduz a estabilidade de agregados e aumenta a resistência à penetração nas camadas superficiais. A semeadura de braquiária, entre as safras de verão, aumenta a estabilidade de agregados até 0,10 m de profundidade. Abstract in english The objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of crop rotation systems and liming materials on soil physical properties. The experiment was carried out from October 2006 to July 2008, in Botucatu, SP, Brazil, in a completely randomized block design in a split-plot arrangement with eight rep [...] licates. Main plots consisted of four crop rotation systems: soybean/fallow/maize/fallow, soybean/white-oat/maize/bean, soybean/millet/maize/pigeon pea and soybean/signal grass/maize/signal grass. Subplots consisted of the control treatment, without soil correction, and of the application of 3.8 Mg ha-1 of dolomitic lime (ECC = 90%) or 4.1 Mg ha-1 of calcium-magnesium silicate (ECC = 80%), on the surface of a clayed Rhodic Ferralsol. Aggregate stability, soil bulk density, total porosity, macro and microporosity, soil penetration resistance and moisture content were evaluated. Superficial application of the lime materials does not reduce soil aggregation and increases macroporosity down to 0.20 m, with calcium-magnesium silicate application, and to 0.10 m, when lime is applied. Soil under fallow in off-season decreases aggregate stability and increases soil penetration resistance in upper layers. The cultivation of Congo signal grass, between summer crops, increases aggregate stability down to 0.10-m depth.

Gustavo Spadotti Amaral, Castro; Juliano Carlos, Calonego; Carlos Alexandre Costa, Crusciol.

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Controle de doenças de plantas pela rotação de culturas Control of plant disease by crop rotation  

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Full Text Available Esta revisão aborda a importância da escolha e da adoção de práticas culturais e seus reflexos na intensidade de doenças de plantas. São apresentados conceitos básicos referente ao tema e os de rotação e monocultura. Discutem-se os princípios ou fundamentos e potencialidade do uso da rotação e do manejo integrado de doenças, as consequências da nutrição de fitopatógenos, dos eventos biológicos ocorrentes nos restos culturais, as características dos fitopatógenos potencialmente controláveis e dos não controláveis pela rotação.This review deals with the importance of the selection and use of cultural practices and their reflex in plant disease intensity. Basic concepts related to the subject and crop rotation and monoculture are presented. Principles fundaments are discussed in addition to, the potential use of crop rotation integrated disease management. The consequences of plant pathogens nutrition, biological events in crop residues, characteristics of phytopathogens potentially controlled and not controlled by rotation are also dealt.

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Harvest of Short-Rotation Woody Crops in Plantations with a Biobaler  

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The biobaler is an alternative to the modified self-propelled forage harvester to cut and collect short rotation woody crops (SRWC). It is less capital intensive and more versatile, being able to harvest woody crops on plantations, on abandoned farmland, on brush land or within forest understory. The biobaler was evaluated specifically on five different plantations over 19 experimental units (546 bales harvested with an aver...

Philippe Savoie; Pierre-Luc Hébert; François-Simon Robert; Derek Sidders

2013-01-01

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Influence of Rotation Crops on the Strawberry Pathogens Pratylenchus penetrans, Meloidogyne hapla, and Rhizoctonia fragariae.  

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Field microplot, small plot, and greenhouse experiments were conducted to determine the effects of rotation crops on Pratylenchus penetrans, Meloidogyne hapla, and Rhizoctonia fragariae populations. Extraction of P. penetrans from roots and soil in microplots and field plots planted to rotation crops was highest for Garry oat, lowest for Triple S sorgho-sudangrass and Saia oat, and intermediate for strawberry, buckwheat, and canola. Isolation of R. fragariae from bait roots was highest for strawberry and canola after 2 years of rotation and lowest for Saia oat. Nematode extraction from roots of rotation crops in field soils was generally higher than from roots in microplots. Grasses were nonhosts of M. hapla. Strawberry, canola, and buckwheat supported root-knot populations over time, but there were no differences in nematode numbers regardless of crop after one season of strawberry growth. Garry oat, canola, and, to a lesser extent, buckwheat supported large populations of P. penetrans without visible root symptoms. Strawberry plants supported fewer nematodes due to root damage. Nematode numbers from soil were less than from roots for all crops. While there were similar trends for pathogen recovery after more than 1 year of strawberry growth following rotation, differences in pathogen density and fruit yield were not significant. In the greenhouse, P. penetrans populations in roots and soil in pots were much higher for Garry oat than for Saia oat. Total P. penetrans adult and juvenile numbers per pot ranged from 40 to 880 (mean = 365.6) for Garry oat and 0 to 40 (mean = 8.7) for Saia oat. Production of Saia oat as a rotation crop may be a means of managing strawberry nematodes and black root rot in Connecticut. PMID:19270931

Lamondia, J A

1999-12-01

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EFFECT OF CROP ROTATION AND LONG TERM FERTILIZATION ON THE CARBON AND GLOMALIN CONTENT IN THE SOIL  

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The research was performed on the basis of soil samples taken from a multi-year long fertilization experiment carried out in Skierniewice. The source of samples was soil under potato and rye cultivated in monoculture and in the 5-fields rotation system. The following combinations of fertilization were concerned: Ca, NPK and CaNPK (doses since 1976: 1.6 t·ha-1 CaO every 4 years in monoculture and 2 t·ha-1 CaO every 5 years in crop rotation, 90 kg·ha-1 N, 26 kg·ha-1 P, 91 kg·ha-1 K). Labor...

2012-01-01

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Soil greenhouse gas emissions affected by irrigation, tillage, crop rotation, and nitrogen fertilization.  

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Management practices, such as irrigation, tillage, cropping system, and N fertilization, may influence soil greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We quantified the effects of irrigation, tillage, crop rotation, and N fertilization on soil CO, NO, and CH emissions from March to November, 2008 to 2011 in a Lihen sandy loam in western North Dakota. Treatments were two irrigation practices (irrigated and nonirrigated) and five cropping systems (conventional-tilled malt barley [ L.] with N fertilizer [CT-N], conventional-tilled malt barley with no N fertilizer [CT-C], no-tilled malt barley-pea [ L.] with N fertilizer [NT-PN], no-tilled malt barley with N fertilizer [NT-N], and no-tilled malt barley with no N fertilizer [NT-C]). The GHG fluxes varied with date of sampling and peaked immediately after precipitation, irrigation, and/or N fertilization events during increased soil temperature. Both CO and NO fluxes were greater in CT-N under the irrigated condition, but CH uptake was greater in NT-PN under the nonirrigated condition than in other treatments. Although tillage and N fertilization increased CO and NO fluxes by 8 to 30%, N fertilization and monocropping reduced CH uptake by 39 to 40%. The NT-PN, regardless of irrigation, might mitigate GHG emissions by reducing CO and NO emissions and increasing CH uptake relative to other treatments. To account for global warming potential for such a practice, information on productions associated with CO emissions along with NO and CH fluxes is needed. PMID:23128735

Sainju, Upendra M; Stevens, William B; Caesar-Tonthat, Thecan; Liebig, Mark A

2012-01-01

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Energy Product Options for Eucalyptus Species Grown as Short Rotation Woody Crops  

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Eucalyptus species are native to Australia but grown extensively worldwide as short rotation hardwoods for a variety of products and as ornamentals. We describe their general importance with specific emphasis on existing and emerging markets as energy products and the potential to maximize their productivity as short rotation woody crops. Using experience in Florida USA and similar locations, we document their current energy applications and assess their productivity as short-term and likely ...

Rockwood, Donald L.; Rudie, Alan W.; Ralph, Sally A.; Zhu, J. Y.; Winandy, Jerrold E.

2008-01-01

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Effect of Crop Rotation on Meloidogyne spp. and Pratylenchus spp. Populations in Strawberry Fields in Taiwan  

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Changes in population levels of Meloidogyne hapla, M. incognita, Pratylenchus coffeae, and P. penetrans were studied in 12 strawberry fields in the Dahu region of Taiwan. Ten potential rotation crops and two cultural practices were evaluated for their effect on nematode populations and influence on strawberry yield. Rotation with rice or taro and the cultural practice of flooding and bare fallowing for four months were found to reduce nematode soil populations to two or fewer nematodes per 10...

Chen, P.; Tsay, T. T.

2006-01-01

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Effect of crop rotation and fertilization on quality of processing tomatoes  

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Full Text Available Effect of crop rotation and fertilization on quality of tomato cv. New Yorker was studied in field conditions in a long term, static experiment, conducted in Skierniewice since 1922. Tomatoes in crop rotation were cultivated on same field every third year. whereas these in monoculture were continuously cultivated on same field for 9 consecutive years (1980-1988. The fertilization treatments included: l farmyard manure in rate of 40 t per hectare, annually, 2 mineral fertilization of 150 kg N. 100 kg P2O5 and 200 kg K2O per hectare, 3 farmyard manure plus mineral fertilization as in treatments 1 and 2 and, 4 mineral fertilization as in treatment 2 plus microelements in form of a multimineral, commercial fertilizer (Polichelat LS 7. Crop rotation had no significant influence on the content of soluble solids, colour and weight of fruits. However, tomato fruits from plants cultivated in rotation, as compared to those from monoculture, contained more organic acids and pectins, less nitrates, had lower pH and greater firmness. The effect of fertilization was similar in rotated and non-rotated cultivation. At combined manure and mineral NPK fertilization, tomato fruits showed higher content of soluble solids, organic acids and pectins than these from the other fertilization treatments. Fruits of plants fertilized with farmyard manure only had higher content of vitamin C and lower one of nitrates, soluble solids and organic acids and also lower firmness as compared these from other fertilization in trial.

Krystyna Elkner

1995-12-01

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Elytrigia repens population dynamics under different management schemes in organic cropping systems on coarse sand  

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Elytrigia repens is a noxious perennial weed in organic cropping systems in Scandinavia. It can easily spread in any crop type and reach unacceptable infestation levels through its proliferation from rhizome fragments. This study aimed at analyzing and quantifying the population dynamics of E. repens recorded in a long-termed crop rotation experiment on coarse sand in Southern Denmark. The study gives an insight into the factors responsible for E. repens population changes and especially those that require particular attention to prevent outbreaks of E. repens. Data originated from three 4-year crop rotations including various cash crops and grass-clover leys; two rotations running during the first two courses with the one replaced with another rotation during the last course. The rotations were combined with four combinations of the treatments; with and without animal manure (â??withoutâ?? not in the last course) and with and without catch crops. E. repens was controlled by different tillage tactics and mowing strategies between and within crops and were conducted whenever the population had exceeded certain thresholds. Pulses, either in pure stands or in mixtures with spring barley, and spring cereals (barley and wheat) caused the highest population increases (up to eightfold), especially when preceded by grass-clover. Winter rye and potatoes with ridging cultivations were neutral to the E. repens population. Cultivations between crops were necessary to diminish the infestation and were the main reason for lower infestations in treatments without catch crops. Manuring resulted in a general reduction of E. repens by 28 % when analyzing data from all three courses. The study has identified the crop types that need particular attention when designing crop sequences, the importance of sufficient nutrients supplies to strengthen crop suppression of weeds and the need for mechanical interventions to mange E. repens satisfactorily.

Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Melander, Bo

2014-01-01

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Environmental impacts of converting cropland to short-rotation woody crop production: First year results  

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Projections for the use of biomass power indicate that by the year 2010 up to 20 GW of electric capacity could be on line. Successful achievement of this goal would require the establishment of a dedicated biofuels feedstock. The Southeastern US has potential for production of biofuels but prior to widespread production of crops for biofuels, there is a need to assess potential environmental impacts. Displacement of traditional row crops by energy crops is likely to affect erosion, hydrology, water quality, and soil quality. A cooperative study was begun in 1995 at three locations to compare the impacts of converting row crops (corn and cotton) to short-rotation-woody-crops (SRWC). Initial results show minimal impact of converting to tree crops on runoff volumes and sediment during the first year. However, one site planted with cottonwood which has already reached canopy closure and is beginning to form a litter layer, is beginning to show marked reductions in runoff in the spring of the second year of the study. Runoff from a spring rainfall event after tree leaf-out was reduced from 25,000 liters in the cotton crop to only 1000 liters in the tree plots. First-year data also indicate that nitrate concentrations in runoff water and soil leachate collected in lysimeters 1.5 m below the soil surface are higher in nitrate with N fertilized row crops than with SRWC and in some instances exceed the US EPA limit of 10 mg L-1.

Thornton, F.C.; Joslin, J.D.; Bock, B.R. [TVA, Atmospheric Sciences, Muscle Shoals, AL (United States)] [and others

1996-12-31

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Environmental enchancement using short-rotation tree crops: research results and directions  

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Short-rotation woody crops (SRWC) and perennial grasses used as biomass feedstocks for energy and fiber can provide multiple economic and environmental benefits. Site-specific environmental studies are providing information needed to help evaluate the economic and environmental impacts of biomass production at both local and regional scales. Erosion and chemical movement from an annual row crop, switchgrass, and tree crop with and without a groundcover are being compared in the Southeast. Studies of SRWC productivity on the South Carolina coastal plain are comparing surface and subsurface movement of chemicals applied under different fertilization and irrigation regimes, and addressing use of mill and agricultural residues to enhance crop production. Results are helping to assess the effects of biomass crops produced on different principal soil types and to match tree species with appropriate sites to maximize productivity and minimize environmental impacts. Studies are comparing wildlife use of biomass crops to row crops, grasslands, and natural forests. Results to date show that SRWCs support greater bird diversity than row crops, but less than natural forests; switchgrass plantings extend habitat for grasslands birds. Collaboration with an industrial partner on diverse SRWC plantings in the Southeast is addressing the relationship between plantings of different acreage, age, tree species, and landscape context and breeding bird use. Information from wildlife diversity, water, and soil quality studies can be used by the Biofuels Feedstock Development Program (BFDP), researchers, producers, and industry to identify management strategies to maintain productivity While enhancing the environment.

Tolbert, V.R.; Schiller, A.

1996-10-01

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Soil enzyme activities under long-term tillage and crop rotation systems in subtropical agro-ecosystems / Atividade enzimática em solo sob plantio direto e rotações de culturas em agro-ecossistema subtropical  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese Práticas agrícolas que reduzam a degradação do solo e promovam sustentabilidade são importantes para os agrossistemas tropicais/subtropicais. O plantio direto (PD) diminui as perdas de solo e, se combinado com rotação de culturas pode proteger o solo da degradação físico-química provocada pela agric [...] ultura intensiva. A atividade enzimática do solo pode fornecer importantes informações de como o manejo do solo está afetando a decomposição da material orgânica e a ciclagem dos nutrientes. Assim, avaliou-se a atividade das enzimas amilase, celulose, arilsulfatase, fosfatase ácida e fosfatase alcalina em um experimento a campo, instalado em 1976 em Londrina, PR, que tem como tratamentos o preparo do solo (plantio direto ou convencional) nas parcelas e a rotação de culturas (soja/trigo, milho/trigo e algodão/trigo) nas subparcelas. Amostras de solos foram coletadas a 0-5, 5-10 e 10-20 cm de profundidade em 1997 e 1998. Na profundidade de 0-5 cm sob PD, observaram-se aumentos de 68% na atividade da amilase, 90% na celulase, 219% na arilsulfatase, 46% na fosfatase ácida e 61% na fosfatase alcalina. Observaram-se correlações significativas entre a atividade enzimática e o C-orgânico total do solo e o C e N da biomassa microbiana. Esses resultados evidenciam que a atividade enzimática do solo é um indicador sensível de alterações na qualidade do solo, promovidas pelo manejo. Abstract in english Agricultural practices that reduce soil degradation and improve agricultural sustainability are needed particularly for tropical/subtropical soils. No-tillage planting causes minimal soil disturbance and combined with crop rotation may hold potential to meet these goals. Soil enzyme activities can p [...] rovide information on how soil management is affecting the potential to perform the processes in soils such as decomposition and nutrient cycling. Soil enzyme activities were investigated in a split-plot experiment (3 replications) where tillage (no till and conventional) was the main plot and crop rotation (soybean/wheat, S/W; maize/wheat, M/W or cotton/wheat, C/W) was the subplot. The experiment was established in 1976 in southern Brazil. Soil samples were taken at 0-5, 5-10 and 10-20 cm depths in 1997 and 1998. The 0-5 cm layer under NT system showed increases up 68% for amylase, 90% for cellulase, 219% for arylsulfatase, 46% for acid phosphatase, and 61% for alkaline phosphatase. There were significant correlations of soil enzyme activities with total organic C, and C and N microbial biomass. These results showed that NT increased microbial activity and that soil enzyme activity is a sensitive indicator of alteration soil quality by management.

Elcio Liborio, Balota; Miriam, Kanashiro; Arnaldo, Colozzi Filho; Diva Souza, Andrade; Richard Peter, Dick.

 
 
 
 
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Biogas from ley crops  

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This report describes the cost of producing biogas from energy crops. Five process systems, sized 0.25-8 MW are studied. The cultivation of biogas-crops is made in three regions in Sweden. Also valued are the positive cultivation effects obtained when cereal dominated crop rotation is broken by biogas crops. 8 refs, 40 figs, 10 tabs

1993-01-01

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Crop systems biology : an approach to connect functional genomics with crop modelling  

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The response of the whole crop to environmental conditions is a critical factor in agriculture. It can only be understood if the organization of the crop system is taken into account. A popular view in modern science is that genomics (and other `omics¿) will provide knowledge and tools to allow the characteristics of the crop to be altered for improved actual and potential crop yields, increased resource use efficiency and enhanced crop system health. As a result of this view, (molecular) pl...

Yin, X.; Struik, P. C.

2007-01-01

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European Perspectives on the Adoption of Nonchemical Weed Management in Reduced -Tillage Systems for Arable Crops  

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Noninversion tillage with tine- or disc-based cultivations prior to crop establishment is the most common way of reducing tillage for arable cropping systems with small grain cereals, oilseed rape, and maize in Europe. However, new regulations on pesticide use might hinder further expansion of reduced-tillage systems. European agriculture is asked to become less dependent on pesticides and promote crop protection programs based on integrated pest management (IPM) principles. Conventional noninversion tillage systems rely entirely on the availability of glyphosate products, and herbicide consumption is mostly higher compared to plow-based cropping systems. Annual grass weeds and catchweed bedstraw often constitute the principal weed problems in noninversion tillage systems, and crop rotations concurrently have very high proportions of winter cereals. There is a need to redesign cropping systems to allow for more diversification of the crop rotations to combat these weed problems with less herbicide input. Cover crops, stubble management strategies, and tactics that strengthen crop growth relative to weed growth are also seen as important components in future IPM systems, but their impact in noninversion tillage systems needs validation. Direct mechanical weed control methods based on rotating weeding devices such as rotary hoes could become useful in reduced-tillage systems where more crop residues and less workable soils are more prevalent, but further development is needed for effective application. Owing to the frequent use of glyphosate in reduced-tillage systems, perennial weeds are not particularly problematic. However, results from organic cropping systems clearly reveal that desisting from glyphosate use inevitably leads to more problems with perennials, which need to be addressed in future research.

Melander, Bo; Munier-Jolain, Nicolas

2013-01-01

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Rotating Cylinder Treatment System Demonstration  

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In August 2008, a rotating cylinder treatment system (RCTSTM) demonstration was conducted near Gladstone, CO. The RCTSTM is a novel technology developed to replace the aeration/oxidation and mixing components of a conventional lime precipitation treatment s...

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EFFECT OF CROP ROTATION AND LONG TERM FERTILIZATION ON THE CARBON AND GLOMALIN CONTENT IN THE SOIL  

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Full Text Available The research was performed on the basis of soil samples taken from a multi-year long fertilization experiment carried out in Skierniewice. The source of samples was soil under potato and rye cultivated in monoculture and in the 5-fields rotation system. The following combinations of fertilization were concerned: Ca, NPK and CaNPK (doses since 1976: 1.6 t·ha-1 CaO every 4 years in monoculture and 2 t·ha-1 CaO every 5 years in crop rotation, 90 kg·ha-1 N, 26 kg·ha-1 P, 91 kg·ha-1 K. Laboratory analyzes involved determination of total organic carbon (TOC and glomalin operationally described as a total glomalin related soil protein (TGRSP. It was found that regardless of cultivated plants and the method of fertilization, only cultivation system such as rotation and monoculture significantly influenced the content of TGRSP. TOC was significantly influenced by interaction between species of cultivated plant and the system of cultivation. The analyzed factors within the method of cultivation (monoculture and crop rotation did not influence significantly the TGRSP content while cultivated plant species, in monoculture, significantly influenced on TOC content. There was also noted positive correlation (r = 0.72 between TGRSP and TOC.

Piotr WOJEWÓDZKI

2012-12-01

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Long-term C-CO2 emissions and carbon crop residue mineralization in an oxisol under different tillage and crop rotation systems Emissões deC-CO2 de longo prazo e a mineralização do carbono dos resíduos culturais em um latossolo sob diferentes sistemas de preparo e rotação de culturas  

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Soil C-CO2 emissions are sensitive indicators of management system impacts on soil organic matter (SOM). The main soil C-CO2 sources at the soil-plant interface are the decomposition of crop residues, SOM turnover, and respiration of roots and soil biota. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the impacts of tillage and cropping systems on long-term soil C-CO2 emissions and their relationship with carbon (C) mineralization of crop residues. A long-term experiment was conducted in a Red...

Ben-Hur Costa de Campos; Telmo Jorge Carneiro Amado; Carlos Gustavo Tornquist; Rodrigo da Silveira Nicoloso; Jackson Ernani Fiorin

2011-01-01

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Effects of crop rotation and reduced nitrogen fertilisation on Apera spica-venti populations in a long-term experiment.  

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Apera spica-venti is one of the most serious annual grass weeds in Germany and may cause considerably yield losses in untreated fields. A long-term field experiment was conducted investigating the effects of crop rotation and nitrogen fertiliser use on A. spica-venti populations. A six-field cash-crop rotation with 67% winter cereals and a six-field fodder crop rotation with 50% winter cereals were studied. The rate of tillering was in the fodder crop rotation significantly higher than in the cash crop rotation. The halving of nitrogen fertilizer dose caused a significant increase in the tillering rate. Most plants of A. spica-venti emerged in winter wheat. There was an increase of emerged A. spica-venti in winter wheat from year to year. PMID:22696955

Schulz, A; Pallurt, B; Gerowitt, B

2011-01-01

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Long-term C-CO2 emissions and carbon crop residue mineralization in an oxisol under different tillage and crop rotation systems / Emissões deC-CO2 de longo prazo e a mineralização do carbono dos resíduos culturais em um latossolo sob diferentes sistemas de preparo e rotação de culturas  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese A emissão de C-CO2 do solo é considerada um indicador sensível dos impactos de sistemas de manejo sobre a matéria orgânica do solo (MOS). Nos sistemas agrícolas, as principais fontes de C-CO2 são as decomposições dos resíduos culturais e da MOS, além da respiração das raízes das culturas e da biota [...] do solo. O principal objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o impacto de sistemas de preparo do solo e culturas nas emissões de longo prazo de C-CO2 do solo e sua relação com a mineralização do carbono (C) de resíduos culturais. Este estudo foi desenvolvido em experimento de longa duração, em Latossolo Vermelho distrófico típico, de ocorrência na região de Cruz Alta, RS, Brasil. O clima é o subtropical Cfa, segundo a classificação de Köppen, com precipitação pluvial anual média de 1.744 mm e temperatura média anual de 19,2 ºC. Os tratamentos investigados foram dois sistemas de preparo - convencional (PC) e plantio direto (PD) - e três sistemas de culturas: R0- sucessão de monoculturas (trigo/soja); R1- rotação de culturas de inverno (aveia-preta/soja/trigo/soja); e R2- rotação intensiva de culturas (aveia-preta/soja/aveia-preta+ervilhaca/milho /nabo forrageiro/trigo/soja). O efluxo de C-CO2 do solo foi avaliado em intervalos fixos de 14 dias, durante dois anos (48 avaliações), por meio da captura do dióxido de carbono em solução alcalina. A umidade gravimétrica do solo, na camada de 0-0,05 m, foi determinada concomitantemente com as medições de C-CO2. Ainda, foi avaliada a taxa de liberação do C dos resíduos culturais utilizando o método dos sacos de decomposição, com amostragens aos 14, 28, 56, 84, 112 e 140 dias após o início das avaliações de mineralização do C. Foram utilizados quatro índices de conservação do C para avaliar a relação entre as emissões de C-CO2 e estoques de C e seus compartimentos no solo. A mineralização do C dos resíduos culturais no tempo seguiu o modelo exponencial. Para os resíduos de aveia-preta, trigo e milho, a mineralização do C foi maior no CT do que no PD, enquanto para a soja foi semelhante entre os sistemas de preparo do solo. A umidade do solo foi maior sob PD do que no PC, especialmente no segundo ano de avaliação. Não houve diferença na emissão média anual de C-CO2 entre sistemas de preparo; diferenças foram observadas apenas em algumas avaliações individuais. As emissões de C-CO2 seguiram padrão bimodal, com picos nos meses de outubro-novembro e fevereiro-março. As maiores emissões de C-CO2 foram registradas no verão, e as menores, no inverno. As emissões de C-CO2 apresentaram baixa correlação com a temperatura do ar e não foram influenciadas pela umidade do solo. Com base nos índices de conservação de C investigados, o PD associado à rotação intensiva de culturas foi mais conservador de C do que o PC com sucessão de culturas. Abstract in english Soil C-CO2 emissions are sensitive indicators of management system impacts on soil organic matter (SOM). The main soil C-CO2 sources at the soil-plant interface are the decomposition of crop residues, SOM turnover, and respiration of roots and soil biota. The objectives of this study were to evaluat [...] e the impacts of tillage and cropping systems on long-term soil C-CO2 emissions and their relationship with carbon (C) mineralization of crop residues. A long-term experiment was conducted in a Red Oxisol in Cruz Alta, RS, Brazil, with subtropical climate Cfa (Köppen classification), mean annual precipitation of 1,774 mm and mean annual temperature of 19.2 ºC. Treatments consisted of two tillage systems: (a) conventional tillage (CT) and (b) no tillage (NT) in combination with three cropping systems: (a) R0- monoculture system (soybean/wheat), (b) R1- winter crop rotation (soybean/wheat/soybean/black oat), and (c) R2- intensive crop rotation (soybean/ black oat/soybean/black oat + common vetch/maize/oilseed radish/wheat). The soil C-CO2 efflux was measured every 14 days

Ben-Hur Costa de, Campos; Telmo Jorge Carneiro, Amado; Carlos Gustavo, Tornquist; Rodrigo da Silveira, Nicoloso; Jackson Ernani, Fiorin.

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Effect of Crop Rotation on the Soil Pathogen Population Dynamics and Canola Seedling Establishment  

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Full Text Available Impact of long-term crop rotations on populations of soilborne pathogens in the genera Fusarium, Pythium and Rhizoctonia and on canola seedling establishment and development was evaluated under controlled conditions. Soil samples were collected from two crop rotation experiments conducted at two sites in Saskatchewan, Canada. A part of the 2006-soil sample of each rotation was sterilized to compare canola seedling growth with and without soilborne pathogens. With 2007-soil, the sterilization treatment was replaced with a fungicide seed treatment (Apron Maxx to assess the potential to reduce seedling diseases. Populations of Fusarium, Pythium and Rhizoctonia sp. were estimated in the soil of each rotation using dilution plating onto selective media for each fungus. Higher seedling emergence and increased growth of canola were obtained in the sterilized soil or due to seed treatment. Fusarium was the predominant genus followed by Pythium and Rhizoctonia sp. in the soil of both sites. This study suggests that diverse crop in the rotation may reduce the populations of Fusarium, Pythium and Rhizoctonia in the soil and may contribute to improve the overall growth of canola.

S.F. Hwang

2009-01-01

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Evaluation of Cuphea as a rotation crop for control of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).  

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The ability to prevent significant root feeding damage to corn, Zea mays L., by the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, by crop rotation with soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr., has been lost in portions of the Corn Belt because this pest has adapted to laying eggs in soybean fields. Cuphea spp. has been proposed as a new broadleaf crop that may provide an undesirable habitat for rootworm adults because of its sticky surface and therefore may reduce or prevent oviposition in these fields. A 4-yr study (1 yr to establish seven rotation programs followed by 3 yr of evaluation) was conducted to determine whether crop rotation with Cuphea would provide cultural control of corn rootworm. In support of Cuphea as a rotation crop, fewer beetles were captured by sticky traps in plots of Cuphea over the 4 yr of this study compared with traps in corn and soybean, suggesting that fewer eggs may be laid in plots planted to Cuphea. Also, corn grown after Cuphea was significantly taller during vegetative growth, had significantly lower root damage ratings for 2 of 3 yr, and had significantly higher yields for 2 of 3 yr compared with continuous corn plots. In contrast to these benefits, growing Cuphea did not prevent economic damage to subsequent corn crops as indicated by root damage ratings > 3.0 recorded for corn plants in plots rotated from Cuphea, and sticky trap catches that exceeded the threshold of five beetles trap(-1) day(-1). Beetle emergence from corn plots rotated from Cuphea was significantly lower, not different and significantly higher compared with beetle emergence from continuous corn plots for 2002, 2003 and 2004 growing seasons, respectively. A high number of beetles were captured by emergence cages in plots planted to Cuphea, indicating that rootworm larvae may be capable of completing larval development by feeding on roots of Cuphea, although peak emergence lagged approximately 4 wk behind peak emergence from corn. Based on these data, it is unlikely that crop rotation with Cuphea will provide consistent, economical, cultural control of corn rootworm. PMID:16539123

Behle, Robert W; Isbell, Terry A

2005-12-01

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Factors affecting soil organic matter conservation in Mediterranean hillside winter cereals-legumes cropping systems  

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Full Text Available Soil conservation is an important issue for farming and environmental protection in Mediterranean areas. Hillside farming systems, based on winter cereals and legumes, are common in these areas and are the target of several environmental policies. Soil organic matter (SOM is widely used to assess the environmental performance of these cropping systems. Nevertheless, few studies have considered soil conservation practices in hillside systems in terms of implementing more effective agro-environmental policies for these areas. This paper compares the SOM conservation of different winter cereal based cropping systems within Mediterranean hillside crops/livestock farms. Seventeen cropping systems were characterised by on-farm surveys in the inland hilly area of Grosseto (Tuscany, Italy. For each cropping system, we performed a SOM balance, based on Hénin-Dupuis’ equation, using either local environmental databases or data from on-farm surveys. Differences between cropping systems were analysed by the Kruskal-Wallis test. On average, the cropping systems identified did not guarantee SOM conservation and varied considerably from farm to farm, however, some practices seemed to have a positive performance, e.g. cropping systems of cattle farms. According to the literature, annual SOM balance differs significantly depending on crop rotation length and longer crop rotations performed better than shorter ones. However, we found a local effect indicating that this better performance was influenced by local farmers' cooperatives, which to some extent counteracted the negative effect of crop rotation length. There were significant differences in the performance of dairy sheep and cattle farms (-1031 kg ha-1 yr-1 vs. +103 kg ha-1 yr-1, respectively. This suggests that the presence of livestock did not have the same favourable effect on soil conservation in Mediterranean systems and that this factor should be more investigated. Surprisingly, in our sample, for the same crop rotation length, livestock density did not affect the annual SOM balance. Due to the high variability in local cropping systems and soil characteristics, further surveys on a larger sample are needed to confirm these trends. However, our results shed light on the soil conservation effects of Mediterranean hillside cropping systems of winter cereals and legumes, and could support the local implementation of agro-environmental measures.

Hélène Rapey

2012-07-01

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Variabilidade espacial de atributos do solo em sistema de semeadura direta com rotação de culturas no cerrado brasileiro / Spatial variability of soil attributes in no a no-tillage system with crop rotation in the Brazilian savannah  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese O presente estudo objetivou analisar a variabilidade espacial dos atributos químicos e da textura de um Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico. A propriedade onde o estudo foi realizado localiza-se no município de Sidrolândia (MS) e produz soja, milho e algodão, adotando rotação de culturas e o sistema de [...] plantio direto. Em uma área experimental de aproximadamente 90 hectares foi amostrado solo em 181 pontos georeferenciados. As amostras foram compostas por quatro amostras simples, representativas da profundidade de 0,00-0,20 m. Foram mensurados os atributos químicos e a textura do solo. Realizou-se, inicialmente, análise de discrepantes e, posteriormente, análise descritiva e geoestatística para caracterizar as amostras e identificar a dependência espacial dos atributos estudados. Não foi detectada dependência espacial para os atributos acidez ativa em água, alumínio, acidez potencial, saturação por bases e matéria orgânica. As melhores estimativas de valores para locais não amostrados foram observadas para os atributos físicos do solo, os quais apresentaram os melhores parâmetros de ajuste dos variogramas e da validação cruzada. As técnicas de geoestatística utilizadas possibilitaram o ajuste dos modelos teóricos que melhor representaram a semivariância experimental, possibilitando assim a construção de mapas temáticos da distribuição espacial dos valores dos atributos do solo estudado. Abstract in english This study aimed to analyze the spatial variability of the chemical attributes and texture of a red latosol. The study was carried out on a property in the town of Sidrolândia, Matto Grosso do Sul, which produces soybeans, corn and cotton, using crop rotation and a no-tillage system. In an experimen [...] tal area of approximately 90 hectares, samples were taken of the soil at 181 geo-referenced points. The samples were each composed of four single samples, representing depths of from 0 to 0.2 m. The chemical and texture of the soil were measured. Initially a discrepancy analysis was performed followed by descriptive and geostatistical analyses, to characterize the samples and identify the spatial dependence of the attributes studied. No spatial dependence was detected for the attributes: active water acidity, aluminum, potential acidity, base saturation and organic matter. The best estimates of values for non-sampled locations were observed for the physical properties of the soil, which presented parameters which best fit the variograms and cross-validation. The geostatistical techniques used allowed adjustment of the theoretical models that best represented the experimental semivariance, thus enabling the construction of thematic maps of spatial distribution for the values of the attributes of the studied soil.

Eduardo Leonel, Bottega; Daniel Marçal de, Queiroz; Francisco de Assis de Carvalho, Pinto; Cristiano Márcio Alves de, Souza.

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Variabilidade espacial de atributos do solo em sistema de semeadura direta com rotação de culturas no cerrado brasileiro Spatial variability of soil attributes in no a no-tillage system with crop rotation in the Brazilian savannah  

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Full Text Available O presente estudo objetivou analisar a variabilidade espacial dos atributos químicos e da textura de um Latossolo Vermelho distroférrico. A propriedade onde o estudo foi realizado localiza-se no município de Sidrolândia (MS e produz soja, milho e algodão, adotando rotação de culturas e o sistema de plantio direto. Em uma área experimental de aproximadamente 90 hectares foi amostrado solo em 181 pontos georeferenciados. As amostras foram compostas por quatro amostras simples, representativas da profundidade de 0,00-0,20 m. Foram mensurados os atributos químicos e a textura do solo. Realizou-se, inicialmente, análise de discrepantes e, posteriormente, análise descritiva e geoestatística para caracterizar as amostras e identificar a dependência espacial dos atributos estudados. Não foi detectada dependência espacial para os atributos acidez ativa em água, alumínio, acidez potencial, saturação por bases e matéria orgânica. As melhores estimativas de valores para locais não amostrados foram observadas para os atributos físicos do solo, os quais apresentaram os melhores parâmetros de ajuste dos variogramas e da validação cruzada. As técnicas de geoestatística utilizadas possibilitaram o ajuste dos modelos teóricos que melhor representaram a semivariância experimental, possibilitando assim a construção de mapas temáticos da distribuição espacial dos valores dos atributos do solo estudado.This study aimed to analyze the spatial variability of the chemical attributes and texture of a red latosol. The study was carried out on a property in the town of Sidrolândia, Matto Grosso do Sul, which produces soybeans, corn and cotton, using crop rotation and a no-tillage system. In an experimental area of approximately 90 hectares, samples were taken of the soil at 181 geo-referenced points. The samples were each composed of four single samples, representing depths of from 0 to 0.2 m. The chemical and texture of the soil were measured. Initially a discrepancy analysis was performed followed by descriptive and geostatistical analyses, to characterize the samples and identify the spatial dependence of the attributes studied. No spatial dependence was detected for the attributes: active water acidity, aluminum, potential acidity, base saturation and organic matter. The best estimates of values for non-sampled locations were observed for the physical properties of the soil, which presented parameters which best fit the variograms and cross-validation. The geostatistical techniques used allowed adjustment of the theoretical models that best represented the experimental semivariance, thus enabling the construction of thematic maps of spatial distribution for the values of the attributes of the studied soil.

Eduardo Leonel Bottega

2013-03-01

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Crop Rotation and Races of Meloidogyne incognita in Cotton Root-knot Management  

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The influence o f various crop rotations and nematode inoculum levels on subsequent population densities of Meloidogyne incognita races 1 and 3 were studied in microplots. Ten different 3-year sequences o f cotton, corn, peanut, or soybean, all with cotton as the 3rd-year crop, were grown in microplots infested with each race. Cotton monoculture, two seasons o f corn, or cotton followed by corn resulted in high race 3 population densities and severe root galling on cotton the 3rd year. Peanut...

Kirkpatrick, T. L.; Sasser, J. N.

1984-01-01

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CO2 fluxes exchanged by a 4-year crop rotation cycle.  

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This study analyses carbon fluxes exchanged by a production crop during a four year cycle. Between 2004 and 2008, the successive crops were sugar beet, winter wheat, potato and again winter wheat. Eddy covariance, automatic and manual soil chamber, leaf diffusion and biomass measurements were performed continuously in order to obtain the daily and seasonal Net Ecosystem Exchange (NEE), Gross Primary Productivity (GPP), Total Ecosystem Respiration (TER), Net Primary Productivity (NPP), Autotrophic Respiration, Heterotrophic Respiration and Net Biome Production (NBP). The whole cycle budget showed that NEE was negative and the rotation behaved as a sink of 1.59 kgC m-2 over the 4-year rotation. However, if exports were deducted from the budget, the crop would become a small source of 0.22 (+/- 0.14) kgC m-2, which also suggests that the crop soil carbon content decreased. This could partly be explained by the crop management, as neither farmyard manure nor slurry had been applied to the crop for more than 10 years and as cereal straw had been systematically exported for livestock. This result is also strongly dependent on climate: the fluxes were subjected to a large inter-annual variability due to differences between crops but also to climate variability. In particular, the mild winter and the dry spring underwent in 2007 induced an increase of the biomass fraction that returned to the soil, at the expense of harvested biomass. If 2007 had been a ‘normal' year, the carbon emission by the crop rotation would have been twice as great. This is analysed more in detail in a companion presentation (Dufranne et al., this session). The impacts of some farmer interventions were quantified. In particular, the impact of ploughing was found to be limited both in intensity (1 to 2 micromol m-2 s-1) and duration (not more than 1 day). Seasonal budgets showed that, during cropping periods, the TER/GPP ratio varied between 40 and 60% and that TER was dominated mainly by the autotrophic component (65% of TER and more). Autotrophic respiration was closely related to GPP during the growth period. The main causes of uncertainty with these results were due to biomass samplings and eddy covariance measurements (mainly, uncertainties about the u* threshold determination).

Aubinet, M.; Moureaux, C.; Bodson, B.; Dufranne, D.; Heinesch, B.; Suleau, M.; Vancutsem, F.; Vilret, A.

2009-04-01

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Cropping systems and control of soil erosion in a Mediterranean environment  

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The research has been carried out over the years 1996-2010 in an area of the internal hill of Sicily region (Enna, c.da Geracello, 550 m a. s. l. 37° 23' N. Lat, 14° 21' E. Long) in the center of Mediterranean Sea, mainly devoted to durum wheat cultivation, using the experimental plots, established in 1996 on a slope of 26-28%, equipped to determine surface runoff and soil losses. The establishment consists of twelve plots, having 40 m length and 8 m width. In order to study the effect of different field crop systems in controlling soil erosion in slopes subjected to water erosion, the following systems were studied: permanent crops, tilled annual crops, no-tilled annual crops, set-aside. The used crops were: durum wheat, faba bean, rapeseed, subterranean clover, Italian ryegrass, alfalfa, sweetvetch, moon trefoil, barley, sweet sorghum, sunflower. The results pointed out that the cropping systems with perennial crops allowed to keep low the soil loss, while annual crop rotation determined a high amount of soil loss. Sod seeding showed promising results also for annual crop rotations.

Cosentino, Salvatore; Copani, Venera; Testa, Giorgio; Scalici, Giovanni

2013-04-01

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Soil macrofauna under integrated crop-livestock systems in a Brazilian Cerrado Ferralsol Macrofauna edáfica em sistemas de integração lavoura-pecuária num Latossolo Vermelho do Cerrado  

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The objective of this work was to assess the effects of integrated crop-livestock systems, associated with two tillage and two fertilization regimes, on the abundance and diversity of the soil macrofauna. Four different management systems were studied: continuous pasture (mixed grass); continuous crop; two crop-livestock rotations (crop/pasture and pasture/crop); and native Cerrado as a control. Macrofauna was sampled using a modified Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility method, and all indivi...

Robélio Leandro Marchão; Patrick Lavelle; Leonide Celini; Luiz Carlos Balbino; Lourival Vilela; Thierry Becquer

2009-01-01

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Long-term tillage and crop rotation effects on residual nitrate in the crop root zone and nitrate accumulation in the intermediate vadose zone  

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Tillage influences the physical and biological environment of soil. Rotation of crops with a legume affects the soil N status. A furrow irrigated site was investigated for long-term tillage and crop rotation effects on leaching of nitrate from the root zone and accumulation in the intermediate vadose zone (IVZ). The investigated tillage systems were disk-plant (DP), ridge-till (RT) and slot-plant (SP). These tillage treatments have been maintained on the Hastings silt loam (Udic Argiustoll) and Crete silt loam (Pachic Argiustoll) soils since 1976. Continuous corn (CC) and corn soybean (CS) rotations were the subtreatments. Since 1984, soybeans have been grown in CS plots in even calendar years. All tillage treatments received the same N rate. The N rate varied annually depending on the root zone residual N. Soybeans were not fertilized with N-fertilizer. Samples for residual nitrate in the root zone were taken in 8 of the 15 year study while the IVZ was only sampled at the end of the study. In seven of eight years, root zone residual soil nitrate-N levels were greater with DP than RT and SP. Residual nitrate-N amounts were similar in RT and SP in all years. Despite high residual nitrate-N with DP and the same N application rate, crop yields were higher in RT and SP except when DP had an extremely high root zone nitrate level. By applying the same N rates on all tillage treatments, DP may have been fertilized in excess of crop need. Higher residual nitrate-N in DP was most likely due to a combination of increased mineralization with tillage and lower yield compared to RT and SP. Because of higher nitrate availability with DP, the potential for nitrate leaching from the root zone was greater with DP as compared to the RT and SP tillage systems. Spring residual nitrate-N contents of DP were larger than RT and SP in both crop rotations. Ridge till and SP systems had greater nitrate-N with CS than CC rotations. Nitrate accumulation in IVZ at the upstream end of the field was twice as high with DP compared to RT and SP. At the downstream end, it was 2.4 and 1.6 times greater with DP than RT and SP, respectively. Nitrate concentration was greater in the IVZ of DP compared to RT and SP tillage systems. Nitrate accumulations in IVZ of RT and SP were not different. Continuous corn had slightly higher nitrate levels in IVZ than CS. The depth of nitrate penetration at the upstream end was greater than that of the downstream end. Estimated rates of nitrate movement ranged from 0.87 to 0.92 m yr-1 at the upstream end and 0.73 to 0.78 m yr-1 at the downstream end.

Katupitiya, A.; Eisenhauer, D. E.; Ferguson, R. B.; Spalding, R. F.; Roeth, F. W.; Bobier, M. W.

1997-01-01

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Soil water retention and s index after crop rotation and chiseling Retenção de água no solo e índice s influenciados por rotação de culturas e escarificação  

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Soil compaction can be minimized either mechanically or biologically, using plant species with vigorous root systems. An experiment was carried out with soybean (Glycine max) in rotation with triticale (X Triticosecale) and sunflower (Helianthus annuus) in fall-winter associated with pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) or sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) in spring. Crop rotation under no-till was compared with mechanical chiseling. The experiment was carried out in...

Juliano Carlos Calonego; Ciro Antonio Rosolem

2011-01-01

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Tillage, crop rotation, and organic amendment effect on changes in soil organic matter.  

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Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils is controlled by the balance of added organic residues and microbial oxidation of both residues and native organic matter (OM) as moderated by management and tillage. The PC-based model CQESTR predicts decomposition of residues, organic amendments and soil OM, based on cropping practices. CQESTR uses RUSLE (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation) crop rotation and management practice, crop production, and operation databases. These data are supplemented with residue nitrogen and soil OM, bulk density, and layer thickness. CQESTR was calibrated with soil carbon data from 70-year-long experiments at the Research Center at Pendleton, OR. The calibrated model provides estimates with a 95% confidence interval of 0.33% OM. Validation at 11 independent sites resulted in a matching of observed with calculated OM with a 95% confidence interval of 0.55% OM. A 12th site, with a history of severe erosion, provided a poor match. PMID:11822719

Rickman, R; Douglas, C; Albrecht, S; Berc, J

2002-01-01

 
 
 
 
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Short-rotation woody-crops program. Quarterly progress report for period ending May 31, 1981  

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Progress of twenty projects in the Short Rotation Woody Crops Program is summarized for the period March 1 through May 31, 1981. Individual quarterly reports included from each of the projects discuss accomplishments within specific project objectives and identify recent papers and publications resulting from the research. The major project activities are species screening and genetic selection, stand establishment and cultural treatment, and harvest, collection, transportation, and storage.

Cushman, J.H.; Ranney, J.W.

1982-04-01

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Short-rotation woody-crops program. Quarterly progress report for period ending August 31, 1981  

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Progress of twenty-one projects in the Short Rotation Woody Crops Program is summarized for the period June 1 through August 31, 1981. Individual quarterly reports included from each of the projects discuss accomplishments within specific project objectives and identify recent papers and publications resulting from the research. The major program activities are species screening and genetic selection, stand establishment and cultural treatment, and harvest, collection, transportation, and storage.

Cushman, J.H.; Ranney, J.W.

1982-04-01

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Measuring the environmental effects of converting cropland to short-rotation woody crops: a research approach  

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Conversion of cropland to short-rotation woody biomass crops (SRWC) has received increasing interest as biomass utilization technologies have improved and concerns for effects of fossil fuel emissions on global climate have developed. Effects of this conversion on erosion, hydrology, water quality and soil productivity may be significant. A large cooperative research project began in the spring of 1995 at three sites representative of the lower Tennessee Valley to compare the environmental effects of growing traditional row crops with the production of SRWCs over 3- to 5-year rotations. This paper presents the research approach to be used to evaluate these effects and a few preliminary results from the initial 3 months of the study. Small watersheds cultivated in row crops: corn (Zea mays L.) or cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), are being compared with small watersheds in tree crops: sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.), sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua L.) or eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides Bartr.) with respect to: (1) erosion; (2) run-off quality (nutrients, pesticides) and quantity; (3) groundwater quality; (4) soil chemical changes (carbon, nutrients, pesticides); (5) soil physical changes (infiltration, bulk density, aggregate stability); (6) soil biological changes; and (7) wildlife populations. (author)

Joslin, J.D. [Tennessee Valley Authority, Norris (United States). Atmospheric Sciences; Schoenholtz, S.H. [Mississippi Forestry and Wildlife Research Center (United States). College of Forest Resources

1997-12-31

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Sustainable land-use based on westsik's crop rotation experiment  

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Sustainable agriculture and land use seeks solutions for environmental, economic and agricultural problems at the same time. The aim is to develop new production methods which provide protection for nature. In any sustainable agricultural system, the management of organic matter and, more widely, management of natural resources are based on the total self-sufficiency of the farm. The entire cycle of organic matter production and decomposition takes place within the farm boundaries. The rate o...

Láng István; Csép Nicolae; Lazányi János (1951-) (mez?gazdász)

2008-01-01

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Controle de doenças de plantas pela rotação de culturas / Control of plant disease by crop rotation  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Esta revisão aborda a importância da escolha e da adoção de práticas culturais e seus reflexos na intensidade de doenças de plantas. São apresentados conceitos básicos referente ao tema e os de rotação e monocultura. Discutem-se os princípios ou fundamentos e potencialidade do uso da rotação e do ma [...] nejo integrado de doenças, as consequências da nutrição de fitopatógenos, dos eventos biológicos ocorrentes nos restos culturais, as características dos fitopatógenos potencialmente controláveis e dos não controláveis pela rotação. Abstract in english This review deals with the importance of the selection and use of cultural practices and their reflex in plant disease intensity. Basic concepts related to the subject and crop rotation and monoculture are presented. Principles fundaments are discussed in addition to, the potential use of crop rotat [...] ion integrated disease management. The consequences of plant pathogens nutrition, biological events in crop residues, characteristics of phytopathogens potentially controlled and not controlled by rotation are also dealt.

Reis, Erlei Melo; Casa, Ricardo Trezzi; Bianchin, Vânia.

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Characteristics of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Effluent Load from a Paddy-field District Implementing Crop Rotation  

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Implementation of collective crop rotation in a paddy-field district may increase nutrients effluent load. We have investigated a paddy-field district implementing collective crop rotation of wheat and soybeans, measured temporal variations in nutrients concentration of drainage water and the amount of discharged water for consecutive three years, and estimated nutrients effluent load from the district during the irrigation and non-irrigation periods. As a result, the highest concentration of nutrients was observed during the non-irrigation period in every investigation year. It was shown that high nutrients concentration of drainage water during the non-irrigation period was caused by runoff of fertilizer applied to wheat because the peaks of nutrients concentration of drainage water were seen in rainy days after fertilizer application in the crop-rotation field. The effluent load during the non-irrigation periods was 16.9-22.1 kgN ha-1 (nitrogen) and 0.84-1.42 kgP ha-1 (phosphorus), which respectively accounted for 46-66% and 27-54% of annual nutrients effluent load.

Hama, Takehide; Aoki, Takeru; Osuga, Katsuyuki; Nakamura, Kimihito; Sugiyama, Sho; Kawashima, Shigeto

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Short-rotation woody crops for bioenergy and biofuels applications.  

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Purpose-grown trees will be part of the bioenergy solution in the United States, especially in the Southeast where plantation forestry is prevalent and economically important. Trees provide a "living biomass inventory" with existing end-use markets and associated infrastructure, unlike other biomass species such as perennial grasses. The economic feasibility of utilizing tree biomass is improved by increasing productivity through alternative silvicultural systems, improved breeding and biotechnology. Traditional breeding and selection, as well as the introduction of genes for improved growth and stress tolerance, have enabled high growth rates and improved site adaptability in trees grown for industrial applications. An example is the biotechnology-aided improvement of a highly productive tropical Eucalyptus hybrid, Eucalyptus grandis x Eucalyptus urophylla. This tree has acquired freeze tolerance by the introduction of a plant transcription factor that up-regulates the cold-response pathways and makes possible commercial plantings in the Southeastern United States. Transgenic trees with reduced lignin, modified lignin, or increased cellulose and hemicellulose will improve the efficiency of feedstock conversion into biofuels. Reduced lignin trees have been shown to improve efficiency in the pre-treatment step utilized in fermentation systems for biofuels production from lignocellulosics. For systems in which thermochemical or gasification approaches are utilized, increased density will be an important trait, while increased lignin might be a desired trait for direct firing or co-firing of wood for energy. Trees developed through biotechnology, like all transgenic plants, need to go through the regulatory process, which involves biosafety and risk assessment analyses prior to commercialization. PMID:19936031

Hinchee, Maud; Rottmann, William; Mullinax, Lauren; Zhang, Chunsheng; Chang, Shujun; Cunningham, Michael; Pearson, Leslie; Nehra, Narender

2009-12-01

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Tropical annual cropping systems: Ant ecology  

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The ecological role of ants in tropical annual cropping systems is discussed in general and with respect to a specific Mexican agroecosystem Generally, the potential positive contributions of ants to crop yields result from their impact on soil structure, nutrient cycling, and reduction of insect and weed pests In annual wet lowland fields in eastern Mexico, the ant community is simple and dominated by the aggressive fire ant, Solenopsis geminata. The influence of vegetation structure and composition on the ant community and, specifically, on the foraging behavior of S geminata is discussed

Carroll, C. Ronald; Risch, Stephen J.

1983-01-01

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Cotton as a Rotation Crop for the Management of Meloidogyne arenaria and Sclerotium rolfsii in Peanut.  

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The value of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum cv. Deltapine 90) in rotation with peanut (Arachis hypogaea cv. Florunner) for the management of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne arenaria) and southern blight (Sclerotium rolfsii) was studied for 6 years in a field at the Wiregrass Substation in southeast Alabama. Peanut yields following either 1 or 2 years of cotton (C-P and C-C-P, respectively) were higher than those of peanut monoculture without nematicide [P(-)]. At-plant application of aldicarb to continuous peanut [P(+)] averaged 22.1% higher yields than those for P(-) over the 6 years of the study. The use of aldicarb in cotton and peanut in the C-C-P rotations increased yields of both crops over the same rotations without the nematicide. When the nematicide was applied to both crops in the C-P rotation, peanut yields were increased in only two of the possible three years when peanut was planted. Application of aldicarb to cotton only in the C-P rotation did not improve peanut yields over those obtained with the rotation without nematicide. Juvenile populations of M. arenaria determined at peanut-harvest time were lowest in plots with cotton. Plots with C-P or C-C-P had lower populations of the nematode than those with either P(-) or P(+). The incidence of southern blight (Sclerotium rolfsii) in peanut was lower in plots with the rotations than in those with peanut monoculture. Aldicarb application had no effect on the occurrence of southern blight. PMID:19283179

Rodríguez-Kábana, R; Robertson, D G; Wells, L; Weaver, C F; King, P S

1991-10-01

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Biomass production of short-rotation bioenergy hardwood plantations affected by cover crops  

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Effects of varying strip widths of four species of cover crops on the growth of sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua L.) seedlings planted as a short-rotation bioenergy woody crop were studied. Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum L. a winter annual grass); tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb a cool season perennial grass); crimson clover (Trifloium incarnatum L. a winter annual legume); and Interstate sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata (Dumont) G. Don. a summer growing perennial legume), were planted using two different strip widths (1.22 and 2.44 m) between trees on a 1.5 x 3 m spacing. The control had no competition. Height, ground-line diameter and volume index of trees were determined on a monthly basis. Lespedeza and tall fescue significantly reduced ground line diameter compared to ryegrass and the control. Crimson clover significantly reduced ground line diameter compared to the control and volume index more than ryegrass and the control. During the first two growing seasons, there was no benefit from legumes as a cover crop over grasses. All cover crops except rye grass significantly reduced sweetgum biomass compared to control. The results indicate that cover crops lespedeza, tall fescue, crimson clover and ryegrass reduced biomass by approximately 41%, 37%, 27% and 15%, respectively, compared to the control. The 2.44 m strip width reduced sweetgum growth 40% relative to the control vs. 20% with the 1.22 m strip width. Strip width had a greater impact on diameter and volume index than height. (Author)

Malik, R.K.; Green, T.H.; Brown, G.F.; Beyl, C.A.; Sistani, K.R.; Mays, D.A. [Alabama A and M Univ., Normal, AL (United States). Center for Forestry and Ecology

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Sustainable Production of Japanese Eggplants in a Piedmont Soil in Rotation with Winter Cover Crops  

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Full Text Available Eggplant is a popular vegetable consumed all over the world. Cover cropping is an efficient way of recycling nutrients and reducing inorganic fertilizer requirements to maintain the sustainability of the soil without affecting productivity and profitability. Eggplants (Solanum melongena (Japanese varieties Hansel and Kamo were grown in a Piedmont soil with two main treatments, cover crop (CC and no cover crop (NC, and four sub-fertilizer treatments (T1: 0-0-0, T2: 56-28-112, T3: 84-56-168, and T4: 168-112-224 N-P-K kg/ha, using four replications. The Hansel variety eggplant yield was significantly higher than the Kamo variety. Eggplant yields from CC treatments for both varieties were significantly higher (p < 0.001 than the yields from NC treatments. No significant difference was observed in the yields between T1 and T2 treatments, but the yields from T3 were significantly higher than T1 and T2 and yields from T4 were significantly higher than T3 yields. N released through mineralization of cover crop mixture ranged from 13.33 g/kg at the beginning of the growing season and increased to 18.32 g/kg at the end of the growing season. These results suggest that Japanese eggplants can be successfully grown in the Piedmont area of North Carolina in rotation with cover crops for higher yields.

Ahmed Elobeid

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Predicting and mitigating the net greenhouse gas emissions of crop rotations in Western Europe  

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Nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane are the main biogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) contributing to net greenhouse gas balance of agro-ecosystems. Evaluating the impact of agriculture on climate thus requires capacity to predict the net exchanges of these gases in a systemic approach, as related to environmental conditions and crop management. Here, we used experimental data sets from intensively-monitored cropping systems in France and Germany to calibrate and evaluate the ability of the ...

Lehuger, Simon; Gabrielle, Benoit; Laville, Patricia; Lamboni, Matieyendou; Loubet, Benjamin; Cellier, Pierre

2011-01-01

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Effectiveness of the GAEC standard of cross compliance Crop rotations in maintaining organic matter levels in soils  

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Our study was conducted in the framework of EFFICOND project, with the aim of evaluating the environmental effectiveness of GAEC (Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions) standards with particular focus to the maintenance of soil organic matter (SOM) levels through the appropriate crop rotation. The study analyzed the effect of crop rotation on the build-up of soil organic matter in three different areas of Italy, located in the North (Lodi), Centre (Fagna, Firenze) and South (Foggia) ...

Lamberto Borrelli; Salvatore Colecchia; Antonio Troccoli; Sarah Caradonna; Rossella Papini; Domenico Ventrella; Maria Teresa Dell'Abate; Carlo Galeffi; Cesare Tomasoni; Roberta Farina

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Cropping Systems Dynamics in the Lower Gangetic Plains of India using Geospatial Technologies  

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Cropping system study is useful to understand the overall sustainability of agricultural system. Capturing the change dynamics of cropping systems, especially spatial and temporal aspects, is of utmost importance in overall planning and management of natural resources. This paper highlights the remote sensing based cropping systems change-dynamics assessment. Current study is aimed at use of multidate-multisensor data for deriving the seasonal cropping pattern maps and deriving the remote sensing based cropping system performance indicators during 1998-99 and 2004-05 in West- Bengal state of India. The temporal assessment of the changes of cropping systems components such as cropping pattern and indices for the study years 1998-99 and 2004-05 have been brought out. The results indicate that during the six years of time the kharif cropping pattern has almost remained the same, being a rice dominant system. A notable point is the decrease in the aus rice due to readjusting the cropping system practice to suit the two crop systems in many places was observed. Marginal variations in mustard and wheat areas during rabi season was observed. The boro (summer) rice area has almost remained constant. The rice-fallow-fallow (R-F-F) rotation reduced by about 4 percent while the rice-fallow-rice (R-F-R) increased by about 7 percent percent. The Area Diversity Index reduced by about 38 percent in 2004 which may be attributed to decrease in kharif pulses and minor crops during kharif and summer. However, diversity during rabi season continued to remain high. The increase in Multiple Cropping Index was observed predominantly in the southern part of the state. Cultivated Land Utilization Index shows an increase by about 0.05.

Manjunath, K. R.; Kundu, N.; Ray, S. S.; Panigrahy, S.; Parihar, J. S.

2011-08-01

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Nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide emissions from monoculture and rotational cropping of corn, soybean and winter wheat  

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Nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O) and carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) emissions from agricultural soils are influenced by different types of crops, the amounts and types of nitrogen fertilizers used, and the soil and climatic conditions under which the crops are grown. Crop rotation also has an impact on N{sub 2}O emissions, as the crop residues used to supply soluble carbon to soil biota often differ from the crops being grown. This study compared the influence of crops and residues from preceding crops on N{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} emissions from monoculture crops of soybeans, corn, and winter wheat at a site in Ontario. The phases of different rotations were compared with 2- and 3-year crop rotations. Results of the study showed that N{sub 2}O emissions were approximately 3.1 to 5.1 times higher in monoculture corn than levels observed in winter wheat or soybean crops. When corn followed corn, average N{sub 2}O emissions twice as high as when corn followed soybeans, and 65 per cent higher than when corn followed winter wheat. The higher levels of both N{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} were attributed to higher inorganic nitrogen (N) application rates in corn crops. In the corn phase, CO{sub 2} levels were higher when the preceding crop was winter wheat. It was concluded that N{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2} emissions from agricultural fields are influenced by both current and preceding crops, a fact which should be considered and accounted for in estimates and forecasts of agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 21 refs., 3 tabs., 10 figs.

Drury, C.F.; Yang, X.M.; Reynolds, W.D. [Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Harrow, ON (Canada); McLaughlin, N.B. [Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada). Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre

2008-04-15

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Nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide emissions from monoculture and rotational cropping of corn, soybean and winter wheat  

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Nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from agricultural soils are influenced by different types of crops, the amounts and types of nitrogen fertilizers used, and the soil and climatic conditions under which the crops are grown. Crop rotation also has an impact on N2O emissions, as the crop residues used to supply soluble carbon to soil biota often differ from the crops being grown. This study compared the influence of crops and residues from preceding crops on N2O and CO2 emissions from monoculture crops of soybeans, corn, and winter wheat at a site in Ontario. The phases of different rotations were compared with 2- and 3-year crop rotations. Results of the study showed that N2O emissions were approximately 3.1 to 5.1 times higher in monoculture corn than levels observed in winter wheat or soybean crops. When corn followed corn, average N2O emissions twice as high as when corn followed soybeans, and 65 per cent higher than when corn followed winter wheat. The higher levels of both N2O and CO2 were attributed to higher inorganic nitrogen (N) application rates in corn crops. In the corn phase, CO2 levels were higher when the preceding crop was winter wheat. It was concluded that N2O and CO2 emissions from agricultural fields are influenced by both current and preceding crops, a fact which should be considered and accounted for in estimates and forecasts of agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 21 refs., 3 tabs., 10 figs

2008-04-01

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Eco-efficient approaches to land management: a case for increased integration of crop and animal production systems  

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Eco-efficiency is concerned with the efficient and sustainable use of resources in farm production and land management. It can be increased either by altering the management of individual crop and livestock enterprises or by altering the land-use system. This paper concentrates on the effects of crop sequence and rotation on soil fertility and nutrient use efficiency. The potential importance of mixed farming involving both crops and livestock is stressed, particularly when the systems incorp...

Wilkins, R. J.

2008-01-01

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Effects of Long Term Cropping Systems on Soil Chemical Properties  

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Full Text Available In this study we examined the impact on soil C, total soil N and available P of six rotations namely: long season tobacco cultivar ‘KM10’ grown continuously (ContKM10, medium season tobacco cultivar ‘RK8’ grown continuously (ContRK8, grass-grass-grass-KM10 (G-G-G-KM10, grass-grass-grass-RK8 (G-G-G-RK8, KM10-Crotalaria juncea (KM10-Cr and RK8-Crotalaria juncea (RK8-Cr. The experiment was established in 1990 under irrigation on a sandy loam soil at Kutsaga Research Station, Zimbabwe. Soil samples were taken from 0- to 15-cm deep, after each season. After 9 years, tobacco-grass rotations showed higher soil C than monocropping, regardless of variety. The monocropping systems, ContKM10 and ContRK8, did not differ from KM10-Cr and RK8-Cr respectively showing that when crop intensity is maintained soil C will be reduced regardless of a winter C. juncea green manure in a sandy loam soil. After 9 years, soil N was greatest in the G-G-G-KM10 rotation. Available P was lower in the grass (G-G-G-KM10, G-G-G-RK8 relative to the other rotations regardless of variety. Available P accumulated in monocropping systems (ContRK8, ContKM10 and was consistently lower in the grass-tobacco rotations. This indicated an accumulation of P in the case of monocropping systems because of continuous inorganic fertiliser input. The results reaffirmed the deleterious effect of monocropping and suggested the need for diverse rotations.

U. Mazarura

2012-12-01

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Net greenhouse gas emissions and the economics of annual crop management systems  

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The relative economic profitability and greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement potential of alternative tillage and cropping systems were examined. The aim of the study was to provide information about climate change mitigation strategies targeted at annual crop production in the agricultural sector. A model was used to estimate the relative potential of each of the management practices to sequester carbon and to emit GHGs. The model also provided estimates of the profitability of the management practices over a period of 30 years. The model used biophysical and economic data representing different crop rotations under traditional, minimum and zero tillage cropping systems in the Black soil zone of Saskatchewan. Results of the simulation were then used to develop trade-off functions reflecting net income and net GHG abatement for each cropping system. An income risk measure was used to facilitate the analysis of the economic viability of the simulated cropping systems, and a sensitivity analysis was performed on nitrous oxide emission coefficients and weather patterns to account for uncertainties in future climate change impacts. The baseline simulation indicated that all the management systems were net GHG sinks. However, the minimum and zero tillage cropping systems provided a greater net sink than the conventional system, while the reduced tillage cropping system provided lower profitability over the 30 year time frame. It was suggested that economic factors such as risk and economies of size may have a significant influence on future results. 23 refs., 8 tabs., 2 figs.

Samarawickrema, A.K.; Belcher, K.W. [Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon, SK (Canada). Dept. of Agricultural Economics

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Energy balance of five fodder cropping systems in the irrigated lowlands of Northern Italy  

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Extensification has recently become an important option in Western European agriculture, driven both by economic considerations (product surpluses together with the fact that developed countries cropping systems have been heavily relying on fossil energy) and growing public concern on the possible adverse effects of intensive farming on the environment and human health. The adoption of rational fodder crop rotations, with the rediscovery of the beneficial effect of the meadow, is viewed as a ...

Cesare Tomasoni; Lamberto Borrelli; Massimo Brambilla

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Weed infestation of a cereal-legume mixture depending on its concentration and position in a crop rotation  

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Full Text Available A field study was carried out in the period 2000-2006 at the Experimental Station in Tomaszkowo belonging to the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. Its aim was to compare weed infestation of a mixture of spring barley and field pea grown in a four crop rotation with different crop selection and sequence. Each year during tillering of spring barley and before the harvest of the mixture, weed species composition and density were evaluated, while additionally weed biomass was also estimated before the harvest. These results were used to determine species constancy, Simpson’s dominance index, the Shannon-Wiener diversity and evenness indices as well as the community similarity index based on floristic richness, numbers and biomass of particular weed species. The cropping frequency and the position of the mixture in the crop rotation did not differentiate the species composition and total biomass of weed communities in the cereal-legume mixture crops. The crop rotation in which the mixture constituted 50% and was grown after itself had a reducing effect on weed numbers. Growing field pea in the 4-year crop rotation promoted weed infestation of the mixture and the dominance of weed communities. Capsella bursa-pastoris, Chenopodium album, Echinochloa crus-galli, Elymus repens, Polygonum convolvulus, and Sonchus arvensis were constant components of the agrophytocenoses. The weed communities were more similar in terms of their floristic composition than in terms of weed density and air-dry weight of weeds.

Marta K. Kostrzewska

2012-10-01

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The rotating tubing hanger system  

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Beam pump systems are among the most cost efficient artificial lift systems in the industry, assuming a long run time between pulling jobs to repair tubing failures caused by rod wear. The tubing string represents the second largest investment in the well. The longer the period of time the well can be kept on-line and producing between pulling jobs, the more efficient and cost effective is the beam pump system. This paper describes in detail the conception, development and implementation of a new system that extends tubing life on rod pumped wells. The system uses a very simple concept; rotate the tubing string to extend the length of time between tubing failures and the resultant pulling jobs. The system is powered directly from the walking beam and requires no additional power source; nor does the system use any additional energy

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Crop rotation in the Valle Calido del Alto Magdalena a sustainable focus of high yield  

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Experiments were carried out during five years at the Nataima Research Center, located at 431 m.a.s.l, with average temperature of 28 Celsius degrades and annual rainfall of 1274 Boyaca mm, on a soil classified as Arenic Haplustalf, to evaluate different crops rotation based on rice and sorghum; the combinations used were as follows; rice-rice (R-R), rice-- soybean (R-SY), rice-crotalaria-sorghum (R-C-S), sorghum-sorghum (S-S), sorghum-soybean (S-SY) and cotton-sorghum (Al-S). Simultaneously it was evaluated the response to four nitrogen levels, which allowed to find out yield functions and optimum economical. The rotations S-SY, R-SY and AI-S have been the best qualified from an environmental perspective. Sorghum-soybean rotation presents increases in yield compared with expected values, which allows thinking that it is a truly sustainable rotation. This rotation also had an excellent profitability and for that reason is considered the best option within the goals of this work

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Coastal Bermudagrass Rotation and Fallow for Management of Nematodes and Soilborne Fungi on Vegetable Crops  

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The efficacy of clean fallow, bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) as a rotational crop, and fenamiphos for control of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita race 1) and soilborne fungi in okra (Hibiscus esculentus), snapbean (Phaseolus vulgaris), and pepper (Capsicum annuum) production was evaluated in field tests from 1993 to 1995. Numbers of M. incognita in the soil and root-gall indices were greater on okra than on snapbean or pepper. Application of fenamiphos at 6.7 kg a.i./ha did not supp...

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Effect of tillage, rotation and crop residues on wheat crop productivity, fertilizer nitrogen and water use efficiency and soil organic carbon status in dry area (rainfed) of north-west Pakistan  

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Crop productivity, soil organic carbon (SOC), fertilizer nitrogen and water use efficiency (WUE) in rainfed dry area is influenced by tillage, rotation and crop residues management. Field experiments were conducted during 2004-09 to study the effect of tillage, rotation and crop residues on wheat yield, nitrogen fertilizer and water use efficiency and SOC under semi-arid condition in north-west Pakistan. The treatments consisted of three rotations: i) Wheat-fallow-wheat (farmers' practice) ii...

Mohammad, W.; Shah, S. M.; Shehzadi, S.; Shah, S. A.

2012-01-01

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Produção de trigo e triticale em rotações de sequeiro Wheat and triticale in crop rotations  

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Full Text Available Apresentam-se os resultados de um ensaio de rotações que decorreu durante dez anos em Vila Real (Trás-os-Montes. O ensaio incluiu a rotação tradicional das condições de sequeiro de Trás-os-Montes, cereal-alqueive (TA, e rotações alternativas susceptíveis de serem adoptadas nestas condições, cereal-leguminosa (TL, cereal-consociação forrageira (TC e cereal-prado de sequeiro (TP. Os cereais das rotações foram o trigo e, posteriormente, o triticale. Determinaram-se e analisaram-se as produções de grão e palha, os teores de nutrientes do grão e da palha e acompanharam-se os parâmetros do solo, pH, matéria orgânica e os teores de P2 O 5, K2 O e bases de troca. Destacam-se alguns resultados importantes, tais como: as produções de grão de cereal das rotações não mostrarem diferenças significativas entre si; a produção de palha da rotação TL ser superior às das restantes; o trigo cultivado após prado de sequeiro não dispensar a adubação azotada; as rotações conduzirem a modificações dos teores de matéria orgânica, cálcio de troca ou do valor do pH do solo, factores a que se deve atender, caso a rotação se prolongue por muitos anos.The results of a field trial of crop rotations conducted over a period of ten years in Vila Real (Northeast Portugal are presented. The rotations tested were cereal-cultivated fallow (TA, traditional in rain-fed conditions of the region, and alternative rotations that could be adopted in these conditions: cereal-grain legume crop (TL, cereal-forage mixture (TC and cereal-rain-fed pasture (TP. The cereals were wheat and, later, triticale. Grain, straw and aerial biomass yields were evaluated together with concentrations of nutrients. The soil parameters studied were pH, organic matter and P 2 O 5, K2O and exchange cations. Wheat straw yield of TL rotation was higher than that of the others. Wheat from TP rotation still requires nitrogen fertilization. The soils of the different rotations registered changes of organic matter, Ca, Mg and pH values, which should be taken into account if these rotations are practised over several years.

Carlos Castro

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Avaliação do potencial de coberturas verdes e de sitemas de rotações de cultura na supressão do nematoide anelado (Mesocriconema xenoplax em pré-plantio ao pessegueiro Evaluation of green covering potential and crop rotation systems in the suppression of the ring nematode (Mesocriconema xenoplax in peach pre-planting  

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Full Text Available Em uma área naturalmente infestada com o nematoide anelado (Mesocriconema xenoplax, coberturas verdes foram testadas quanto a sua hospedabilidade, em cultivos de inverno e verão, comparativamente às parcelas mantidas sob pousio. Três sistemas de rotação de culturas, com as mesmas espécies vegetais (aveia-preta/feijão-de-porco/milheto/nabo-forrageiro; nabo-forrageiro/milheto/aveia-branca/milho, e aveia-branca/mucuna-anã/trigo/sorgo, foram avaliados quanto ao potencial supressor do nematóide de M. xenoplax por dois anos, utilizando-se, como testemunhas, de parcelas mantidas sob pousio e alqueive. Os experimentos foram conduzidos a campo, em blocos ao acaso, com seis repetições. Antes e após o estabelecimento de cada cultivo, as populações do nematoide foram avaliadas quanto ao número de M. xenoplax/100cm³ de solo e fator de reprodução (FR= população final/população inicial do nematoide anelado, onde FR1,00, favorecimento da reprodução. A maioria das culturas testadas foi hospedeira desfavorável (FRIn a field naturally infested with ring nematode (Mesocriconema xenoplax, green covering were tested for their hostel in winter and summer crops comparing to plots kept in fallow lands. Tree crop rotation system with the same plant species (black oat/pig bean/ millet/forage radish; forage radish/ millet/white oat/corn; and white oat/mucuna deeringiana/wheat/sorghum were evaluated for suppression potential to nematode M. xenoplax for two years, using as witness plots that were kept in fallow lands. The experiments were conducted in the field in a randomized block design with six repetitions. Before and after the establishment of each plot, the nematode populations were evaluated on the number of M. xenoplax/100cm³ of soil and the reproduction factor (RF= final population/initial population of the ring nematode, where RF 1,00, favoring of the reproduction. Most of the crops analyzed were unfavorable host (RF<1,00 of M. xenoplax, except the mucuna deeringiana that behaved as favorable to the nematode reproduction. Although all treatments have removed M. xenoplax the crop rotations forage radish/ millet/white oat/corn and white oat/mucuna deeringiana/wheat/sorghum realized the largest reduction of the nematode in the soil (93-95%.It was noted a sharp decline in the M. xenoplax population in the first two crops, with later stabilization of its level, regardless of the studied system.

Cesar Bauer Gomes

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Refueling system with small diameter rotatable plugs  

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This patent describes a liquid-metal fastbreeder nuclear reactor comprising a reactor pressure vessel and closure head therefor, a reactor core barrel disposed within the reactor vessel and enclosing a reactor core having therein a large number of closely spaced fuel assemblies, and the reactor core barrel and the reactor core having an approximately concentric circular cross-sectional configuration with a geometric center in predetermined location within the reactor vessel. The improved refueling system described here comprises: a large controllably rotatable plug means comprising the substantial portion of the closure head, a reactor upper internals structure mounted from the large rotatable plug means. The large rotatable plug means has an approximately circular configuration which approximates the cross-sectional configuration of the reactor core barrel with a center of rotation positioned a first predetermined distance from the geometric center of the reactor core barrel so that the large rotatable plug means rotates eccentrically with respect to the reactor core barrel; a small controllably rotatable plug means affixed to the large rotatable plug means and rotatable with respect thereto. The small rotatable plug means has a center of rotation which is offset a second predetermined distance from the rotational center of the large rotatable plug means so that the small rotatable plug means rotates eccentrically with respect to the large rotatable plug means

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Harvest of Short-Rotation Woody Crops in Plantations with a Biobaler  

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Full Text Available The biobaler is an alternative to the modified self-propelled forage harvester to cut and collect short rotation woody crops (SRWC. It is less capital intensive and more versatile, being able to harvest woody crops on plantations, on abandoned farmland, on brush land or within forest understory. The biobaler was evaluated specifically on five different plantations over 19 experimental units (546 bales harvested with an average mass of 427 kg and 49% moisture content. Average bale density was 266 kg wet mass (WM/m3 or 139 kg dry mass (DM/m3. Average harvest capacity was 35 bales/h (7.7 t dry matter/h, and ranged from 23 to 48 bales/h. Harvest in plantations with a 149 kW tractor cost on average CAN $175/h, $5/bale and $22.84/t DM. Non recovered biomass (field loss averaged 11% at random locations in the field and 8% at the point of bale ejection as a result of chip abrasion. While the biobaler remains a versatile harvester for SRWC, its preferred utilization will be in environments of diverse woody crops with final application as a rough mulch or for combustion in furnaces requiring minimal processing or size reduction.

Philippe Savoie

2013-04-01

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Cropping systems, land tenure and social diversity in Wenchi, Ghana: implications for soil fertility management  

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The original entry point for this study was how to optimize long-term rotation strategies for addressing the problem of soil fertility decline inWenchi,Ghana. However, as the study progressed over time, it was realized that what we initially interpreted as soil fertility management strategies were closely intertwined with wider issues such as cropping systems, livelihood aspirati...

Adjei-nsiah, S.

2006-01-01

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Fungi Associated With Rice-Wheat Cropping System in Relation to Zero and Conventional Tillage Technologies  

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Full Text Available Soil mycoflora play an important role in agricultural economy of a country. Soil borne pathogen produces serious losses to the yield of a crop. In rice Bwheat cropping system due to continuous cropping and reduced rotation, soil borne pathogens have become increasingly important with the yield decline. The current study was made to have the knowledge about soil borne fungi associated with rice and wheat crop in rice- wheat cropping system under zero and conventional tillage technologies. One hundred and seven fungal species belonging to 54 genera were isolated from foliar parts, roots and soil on general and specific media. Forty three genera including 59 species were isolated for the first time from rice, wheat plants and soil of rice-wheat cropping system. The fungi were categorized into four groups (pathogenic, saprophytic, toxin producing and beneficial. Aspergillus flavus was identified as only toxin producing fungus and isolated from both rice and wheat crops. Trichoderma spp were isolated from both crops and Paecilomyces spp were isolated only from wheat fields and are known as beneficial fungi. Among the pathogenic fungi Bipolaris sorokiniana, Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizoctonia solani were isolated as pathogenic fungi both from rice and wheat soils. Alternaria trtiticina, Fusarium equiseti, F. grameniarum, F. poae, F. solani and Pythium sp. were isolated only from wheat fields whereas Nigrospora oryzae, Rhizopus oryzae and Sclerotium oryzae were isolated only form rice fields. Total fungal colony counts isolated from soil on five specific media show some effect of zero tillage on soil mycoflora.

Shamim Iftikhar

2003-01-01

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Improving Resilience of Northern Field Crop Systems Using Inter-Seeded Red Clover: A Review  

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Full Text Available In light of the environmental challenges ahead, resilience of the most abundant field crop production systems must be improved to guarantee yield stability with more efficient use of nitrogen inputs, soil and water resources. Along with genetic and agronomic innovations, diversification of northern agro-ecosystems using inter-seeded legumes provides further opportunities to improve land management practices that sustain crop yields and their resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses. Benefits of legume cover crops have been known for decades and red clover (Trifolium pratense is one of the most common and beneficial when frost-seeded under winter wheat in advance of maize in a rotation. However, its use has been declining mostly due to the use of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, concerns over competition with the main crop and the inability to fully capture red clover benefits due to difficulties in the persistence of uniform stands. In this manuscript, we first review the environmental, agronomic, rotational and economical benefits associated with inter-seeded red clover. Red clover adaptation to a wide array of common wheat-based rotations, its potential to mitigate the effects of land degradation in a changing climate and its integration into sustainable food production systems are discussed. We then identify areas of research with significant potential to impact cropping system profitability and sustainability.

William Deen

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On weed competition and population dynamics. Considerations for crop rotations and organic farming  

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Key words: organic farming, weeds, weed management, weed ecology, weed diversity, matrix population model, elasticity analysis, neighbourhood model, survey, crop row spacing, mechanical hoe, harrow, Polygonum convolvulus , Polygonum persicaria , Stellaria mediaExperiments, monitoring studies and modelling of weed population dynamics were carried out to investigate potential methods for reducing weed populations in farming systems where herbicides are not applied (...

Mertens, S. K.

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Phosphorus and potassium balance in soil under crop rotation and fertilizationBalanço de fósforo e potássio no solo sob rotação de culturas e adubações  

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Full Text Available The use of crop rotation and manure application can provide sustainability for an agricultural production system by improving soil quality and increasing nutrient use efficiency. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of mineral, organic and mineral+organic fertilization on grain yield and on soil phosphorus and potassium balance, in two crop systems under no-till, with and without rotation of cover crops. The experiment was carried out from 2006 to 2008 on a clayey Rhodic Hapludox in Marechal Cândido Rondon, Paraná State, Brazil. The cropping sequence in the rotation system involving cover crops was black oat + hairy vetch + forage turnip/corn/pigeon pea/wheat/mucuna + brachiaria + sunn hemp, and in the succession system was wheat/corn/wheat/soybean. Organic and mineral+organic fertilizations consisted of the application of solely manure and manure combined with mineral fertilizer, respectively. Soil P and K balances were calculated after the second year of the experiment, up to a depth of 0.40 m. First year corn yields were higher in the crop succession system accompanied by mineral fertilization. In the second year, wheat and soybean yield did not vary between crop systems and nutrient sources, demonstrating the residual effect of crop rotation and manure use. Crop rotation with cover crops resulted in an increase in soil K levels by promoting the recycling of this nutrient in the soil. In both crop systems, the application of mineral and organic fertilizers – either in isolation or in combination – resulted in a negative soil P and K balance in the short term. This represents a threat to the sustainability of the agricultural production system in the long term, due to the depletion of soil nutrient reserves. A utilização de rotação de culturas e a aplicação de esterco pode conferir sustentabilidade ao sistema de produção agrícola, por melhorar a qualidade do solo e aumentar a eficiência de uso de nutrientes. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o efeito da adubação mineral, orgânica e mineral+orgânica na produtividade de grãos e no balanço de fósforo e de potássio no solo em dois sistemas de culturas sob plantio direto, com e sem rotação de plantas de cobertura. O experimento foi conduzido em Marechal Cândido Rondon, Paraná, Brasil, de 2006 a 2008, em um Latossolo Vermelho. A sequência de culturas no sistema em rotação com plantas de cobertura foi aveia preta + ervilhaca + nabo/milho/guandu/trigo/mucuna + braquiária + crotalária / milho, e no sistema em sucessão foi trigo/milho/trigo/soja/milho. As adubações, orgânica e mineral+orgânica consistiram, respectivamente, da aplicação de esterco e de esterco combinado com fertilizante mineral. O balanço de P e de K no solo foi avaliado, após o segundo ano de condução do experimento, na camada de 0,0–0,40 m de profundidade. A produtividade do milho, no primeiro ano, foi superior na sucessão de culturas e na adubação mineral. No segundo ano, a produtividade de trigo e de soja não se alterou entre os sistemas de culturas e fontes de nutrientes, o que demonstra o efeito residual da rotação de culturas e do uso de esterco. Rotação de culturas com plantas de cobertura proporcionou aumento na quantidade de K no solo, por favorecer o processo de ciclagem deste nutriente do solo. Ambos os sistemas de culturas associados à aplicação fertilizante mineral e esterco de forma isolada ou combinada resultaram em saldo negativo do balanço de P e K no solo em curto prazo, representando uma ameaça para a sustentabilidade do sistema de produção em longo prazo, devido o esgotamento das reservas desses nutrientes do solo.

Fabio Steiner

2012-12-01

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Vibration Monitoring of Rotating Systems  

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Full Text Available Most energy-conversion machines (e.g. vehicle engines and electric motors involve rotating components (e.g. roller bearings and gears, which generate vibrations. The behavior of a pump which includes a deliberate fault was chosen to illustrate this assertion. The test bearing at the driven end of the pump’s motor was deliberately damaged using a 1.5mm wire-cutting method and an adjustable coupling disk introduced to impose a shaft misalignment of 40. The resulting undesirable behavior of the pump was observed. Experimental data were measured at various speeds of the rotor. The sample period at various operating frequencies were 0.9, 0.6 and 0.45s respectively. The ball-passage frequency was observed at 4.4, 8.8, 13.2 and 17.6Hz. A computer-based analytical model was developed, in visual basic, for monitoring the machine failures: this led to an integrated system-process algorithm for diagnosis of faults in rotating components.

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2010-02-01

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Integrating Poultry into a Crop and Pasture Farming System  

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Full Text Available Small scale operations in which poultry forage freely around farms is widespread on rural properties. In Australia grain farmers, market gardeners and graziers integrate poultry into their farming system. In this system, birds are unrestricted in their movements except that they are usually locked in sheds at night for protection from predators. Consumers pay a premium for eggs and chicken meat on the grounds of enhanced welfare of birds in this system. Eggs are perceived as having superior taste and nutritional properties. The purpose of this experiment was to determine the impact of poultry integrated into a pasture and crop rotation system. The pasture availability, insects, weeds and soil fertility were measured before and after grazing by poultry. Sheep were used as a comparison in the experiment. Laying hens stocked at 110/ha (compared to sheep-stocking density 12/ha were allowed to forage a medic pasture in a crop and pasture rotation system during summer in a Mediterranean environment. The egg production of layers (Hyline Brown in the free-range system was lower than the standard performance expected in a cage system. Rate of lay from 18-40 weeks was 79% vs 93% (cage standard. The mortality of free-range birds was higher than the cage standard (9.1 vs 1.2%. The reduction of performance of birds relative to the standard was expected considering the heat wave conditions experienced during the experiment. Sheep were very effective in grazing the wire seed, which contaminated the paddocks whereas poultry avoided this weed. In contrast, the number of unidentified weeds in the sheep paddocks was greater than the poultry paddock. This raises the possibility that sheep and poultry could be grazed together in some circumstances, to provide a method for reducing weed build up. Sheep could be used to graze out weeds they prefer and poultry to consume weed seeds and insects that sheep avoid. Soil fertility was not different between the sheep and poultry paddocks. The yield of wheat from poultry paddocks in the subsequent crop was 1.25 tonne/ha versus 1.43 tonnes/ha from sheep paddocks.

P.C. Glatz

2005-01-01

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Tillage, Crop Rotation, and Cultural Practice Effects on Dryland Soil Carbon Fractions  

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Full Text Available Information is needed on novel management practices to increase dryland C sequestration and soil quality in the northern Great Plains, USA. We evaluated the effects of tillage, crop rotation, and cultural practice on dryland crop biomass (stems and leaves yield, surface residue, and soil C fractions at the 0-20 cm depth from 2004 to 2008 in a Williams loam in eastern Montana, USA. Treatments were two tillage (no-tillage [NT] and conventional tillage [CT], two crop rotations (continuous spring wheat [Triticum aestivum L.] [CW] and spring wheat-barley [Hordeum vulgaris L.] hay-corn [Zea mays L.]-pea [Pisum sativum L.] [W-B-C-P], and two cultural practices (regular [conventional seed rates and plant spacing, conventional planting date, broadcast N fertilization, and reduced stubble height] and ecological [variable seed rates and plant spacing, delayed planting, banded N fertilization, and increased stubble height]. Carbon fractions were soil organic C (SOC, particulate organic C (POC, microbial biomass C (MBC, and potential C mineralization (PCM. Crop biomass was 24% to 39% greater in W-B-C-P than in CW in 2004 and 2005. Surface residue C was 36% greater in NT than in CT in the regular practice. At 5 - 20 cm, SOC was 14% greater in NT with W-B-C-P and the regular practice than in CT with CW and the ecological practice. In 2007, POC and PCM at 0 - 20 cm were 23 to 54% greater in NT with CW or the regular practice than in CT with CW or the ecological practice. Similarly, MBC at 10 - 20 cm was 70% greater with the regular than with the ecological practice in NT with CW. Surface residue, PCM, and MBC declined from autumn 2007 to spring 2008. No-tillage with the regular cultural practice increased surface residue and soil C storage and microbial biomass and activity compared to conventional tillage with the ecological practice. Mineralization reduced surface residue and soil labile C fractions from autumn to spring.

Upendra M. Sainju

2012-09-01

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Nitrogen management in organic farming: comparison of crop rotation residual effects on yields, N leaching and soil conditions  

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After 3 years of different crop rotations in an organic farming experiment on a sandy soil in northwest Germany, spring triticale was cultivated on all plots in the fourth year to investigate residual effects on yield, nitrogen (N) leaching and nutrient status in the soil. Previous crop rotations differed in the way N was supplied, either by farmyard manure (FYM, 100 and 200 kg N ha?1 year?1) or by arable legumes like grass-red clover and field beans, or as a control with no N. Other...

Kayser, Manfred; Mu?ller, Ju?rgen; Isselstein, Johannes

2009-01-01

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Nonlocal electrodynamics of rotating systems  

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The nonlocal electrodynamics of uniformly rotating systems is presented and its predictions are discussed. In this case, due to paucity of adequate experimental data, the nonlocal theory cannot be directly confronted with observation at present. The approach adopted here is therefore based on the correspondence principle: the nonrelativistic quantum physics of electrons in circular ''orbits'' is studied. The helicity dependence of the photoeffect from the circular states of atomic hydrogen is explored as well as the resonant absorption of a photon by an electron in a circular ''orbit'' about a uniform magnetic field. Qualitative agreement of the predictions of the classical nonlocal electrodynamics with quantum-mechanical results is demonstrated in the correspondence regime

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Enhancing productivity of salt affected soils through crops and cropping system  

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The reclamation of salt affected soils needs the addition of soil amendment and enough water to leach down the soluble salts. The operations may also include other simple agronomic techniques to reclaim soils and to know the crops and varieties that may be grown and other management practices which may be followed on such soils (Khan, 2001). The choice of crops to be grown during reclamation of salt affected soils is very important to obtain acceptable yields. This also decides cropping systems as well as favorable diversification for early reclamation, desirable yield and to meet the other requirements of farm families. In any salt affected soils, the following three measures are adopted for reclamation and sustaining the higher productivity of reclaimed soils. 1. Suitable choice of crops, forestry and tree species; 2. Suitable choice of cropping and agroforestry system; 3. Other measures to sustain the productivity of reclaimed soils. (author)

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Energy utilization in crop and dairy production in organic and conventional livestock production systems  

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Due to interactions between crop and livestock enterprises and between levels of different input factors and their effects on yields, it is proposed to analyze agricultural energy utilization through system modelling of data from farm studies. Energy use in small grains, grass-clover and fodder beets registered in organic and conventional mixed dairy farms was analyzed and used together with crop yields in order to model energy prices on three Danish soil types. On the same farms, the energy use in dairy production registered in organic and conventional mixed dairy farms was analyzed and used together with milk and meat yields in order to model energy prices for three different feeding strategies and two soil types. In general, the crop energy price models can be used together with the dairy production to model the effects of different feeding and crop rotation strategies on the overall utilization in mixed dairy production systems. (author)

Refsgaard, K. [Agricultural University of Norway, Aas (Norway). Dept. of Economics and Social Sciences; Halberg, N.; Kristensen, E.S. [Danish Institute of Agricultural Science, Tjele (Denmark)

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The effect of cover crop and crop rotation on soil water storage and on sorghum yield Efeito de cultura de cobertura e de rotação de cultura no armazenamento de água do solo e no rendimento de sorgo  

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Crop rotation and cover crop can be important means for enhancing crop yield in rainfed areas such as the lower Coastal Bend Region of Texas, USA. A trial was conducted in 1995 as part of a long-term cropping experiment (7 years) to investigate the effect of oat (Avena sativa L.) cover and rotation on soil water storage and yield of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.). The trial design was a RCB in a split-plot arrangement with four replicates. Rotation sequences were the main plots and oat cover cr...

Demóstenes Marcos Pedrosa de Azevedo; Juan Landivar; Robson Macedo Vieira; Daryl Moseley

1999-01-01

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Farm-scale costs and returns for second generation bioenergy cropping systems in the US Corn Belt  

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While grain crops are meeting much of the initial need for biofuels in the US, cellulosic or second generation (2G) materials are mandated to provide a growing portion of biofuel feedstocks. We sought to inform development of a 2G crop portfolio by assessing the profitability of novel cropping systems that potentially mitigate the negative effects of grain-based biofuel crops on food supply and environmental quality. We analyzed farm-gate costs and returns of five systems from an ongoing experiment in central Iowa, USA. The continuous corn cropping system was most profitable under current market conditions, followed by a corn-soybean rotation that incorporated triticale as a 2G cover crop every third year, and a corn-switchgrass system. A novel triticale-hybrid aspen intercropping system had the highest yields over the long term, but could only surpass the profitability of the continuous corn system when biomass prices exceeded foreseeable market values. A triticale/sorghum double cropping system was deemed unviable. We perceive three ways 2G crops could become more cost competitive with grain crops: by (1) boosting yields through substantially greater investment in research and development, (2) increasing demand through substantially greater and sustained investment in new markets, and (3) developing new schemes to compensate farmers for environmental benefits associated with 2G crops.

Manatt, Robert K.; Hallam, Arne; Schulte, Lisa A.; Heaton, Emily A.; Gunther, Theo; Hall, Richard B.; Moore, Ken J.

2013-09-01

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Farm-scale costs and returns for second generation bioenergy cropping systems in the US Corn Belt  

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While grain crops are meeting much of the initial need for biofuels in the US, cellulosic or second generation (2G) materials are mandated to provide a growing portion of biofuel feedstocks. We sought to inform development of a 2G crop portfolio by assessing the profitability of novel cropping systems that potentially mitigate the negative effects of grain-based biofuel crops on food supply and environmental quality. We analyzed farm-gate costs and returns of five systems from an ongoing experiment in central Iowa, USA. The continuous corn cropping system was most profitable under current market conditions, followed by a corn–soybean rotation that incorporated triticale as a 2G cover crop every third year, and a corn–switchgrass system. A novel triticale–hybrid aspen intercropping system had the highest yields over the long term, but could only surpass the profitability of the continuous corn system when biomass prices exceeded foreseeable market values. A triticale/sorghum double cropping system was deemed unviable. We perceive three ways 2G crops could become more cost competitive with grain crops: by (1) boosting yields through substantially greater investment in research and development, (2) increasing demand through substantially greater and sustained investment in new markets, and (3) developing new schemes to compensate farmers for environmental benefits associated with 2G crops. (letter)

2013-09-01

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The impact of nitrogen source and crop rotation on nitrogen mass balances in the Mississippi River Basin.  

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Nitrogen (N) leaching to surface waters from grain farms in the Mississippi River Basin (MRB), USA, is the primary cause of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Regional-scale N mass balances indicate that a small, intensively cropped area of the upper MRB contributes disproportionately to nitrate loading. These aggregate balances miss small-scale variability, especially that caused by differences in farm management. We constructed N mass balances for a gradient of farm types, from corn-soybean monocultures to diversified grain farms that rely on biological N fixation (BNF) as a primary N source, to compare the relative efficiency of diverse farming systems in the MRB. Five-year N balances were calculated for a most and least productive field on each farm using data collected from interviews with 95 grain farmers in Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; from legume biomass and corn grain samples collected from a subset of farms; and published values from the literature. Nitrogen balances ranged from high average annual surpluses (149 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1)) to large deficits (80 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1)), and differed based on N source and crop rotation. Fields with > 50% of total N additions from legume N sources and fields with complex crop rotations that included both annual and perennial species were approximately in balance (3.7 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1) and 5.7 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1), respectively) compared to fertilizer-based practices in corn-soybean rotations with average annual surpluses near 35 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1). Surplus N was also inversely related to the proportion of total N inputs from BNF for medium (80-160 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1)) to high (> 160 kg N x ha(-1) x yr(-1)) N rates. Diversified farmers were more likely to adjust their management practices in response to environmental variability compared to fertilizer-based farmers. Taken together, results from this study suggest that significantly reducing surplus N in agroecosystems will require reducing N inputs and increasing C availability to support the internal biological mechanisms for storing N in farm fields. PMID:23967572

Blesh, J; Drinkwater, L E

2013-07-01

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Long-term effects of cropping systems on N2O emission potential  

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The potential for N2O emissions outside the main growing season may be influenced by long-term effects of cropping system. This was investigated by collecting intact soil cores (100 cm3, 0â??4 cm depth) under winter wheat in three organic cropping systems and a conventional reference within a long-term crop rotation experiment. Average annual inputs of C in crop residues and manure ranged from 1.7 to 3.3 Mg haâ??1. A simulated freezeâ??thaw cycle resulted in a flush of CO2 during the first 48 h, which could be mainly from microbial sources. Other samples were adjusted to approximately â??10, â??30 or â??100 hPa and amended with excess 15NO3â?? prior to freezing and thawing. Denitrification was the main source of N2O during a 72-h incubation at 22 °C, as judged from N2O and total 15N evolution. Although the input of C in the conventionally managed cropping system was significantly less than in the organic cropping systems, it showed higher N2O evolution at all three matric potentials. Estimates of relative gas diffusivity (DP/D0) in soil from the four cropping systems indicated that C input affected soil aeration. Soil from the two cropping systems with highest C input showed N2O evolution at DP/D0 in excess of 0.02, which is normally considered a threshold for development of anaerobic sites in the soil, presumably because the oxygen demand was also high. The study shows that cropping system affects both soil gas diffusivity and C availability, and that both characteristics significantly influence the N2O emission potential.

Petersen, Søren O; Ambus, Per

2013-01-01

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Effect of resource conserving techniques on crop productivity in rice-wheat cropping system  

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Rice-wheat cropping system is the most important one in Pakistan. The system provides food and livelihood for more than 15 million people in the country. The productivity of the system is much lower than the potential yields of both rice and wheat crops. With the traditional methods, rice-wheat system is not a profitable one to many farmers. Hence, Cost of cultivation must be reduced and at the same time, efficiency of resources like irrigation water, fuel, and fertilizers must be improved to make the crop production system more viable and eco- friendly. Resource conserving technology (RCT) must figure highly in this equation, since they play a major role in achieving the above goals. The RCT include laser land leveling, zero-tillage, bed furrow irrigation method and crop residue management. These technologies were evaluated in irrigated areas of Punjab where rice follows wheat. The results showed that paddy yield was not affected by the new methods. Direct seeding of rice crop saved irrigation water by 13% over the conventionally planted crop. Weeds were the major problem indirect seeded crop, which could be eliminated through cultural, mechanical and chemical means. Wheat crop on beds produced the highest yield but cost of production was minimum in the zero-till wheat crop. Planting of wheat on raised beds in making headway in low- lying and poorly drained areas. Thus, resource conserving tillage technology provides a tool for making progress towards improving and sustaining wheat production system, helping with food security and poverty alleviation in Pakistan in the next few decades. (author)

2004-01-01

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Utilizing legume cropping systems to reduce nitrogen fertilizer requirements for conservation-tilled corn  

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Alternate and renewable sources of energy are needed in agriculture because of rising costs and potential shortage of fossil fuel. The need to reduce production costs has promoted a renewed interest in using legumes as a source of N for non-leguminous summer crops. Development of legume cropping systems which will permit reseeding of winter cover-crop legumes is a promising approach to reducing legume establishment costs. Field studies were conducted in Alabama for 4 yr on Wynnville sandy loam and Dothan fine-sandy loam soils (fine-loamy, siliceous, thermic, Glossic Fragiudults and Plinthic Paleudults, respectively) to determine the effects of both cash crop and winter cover-crop legumes in cropping systems on N fertilizer requirements of corn (Zea mays L.) grown in a conservation-tillage system. On the Wynnville soil, soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) was more effective in providing early season N, and clover (Trifolium incarnatum L.) in providing late-season N. The system with both soybean and clover resulted in an even more effective contribution of N to corn grain yield, and a higher yield level than that of continuous corn regardless of N fertilizer rate. On the Dothan soil, the benefits of cropping systems were not as pronounced, and the responses were eliminated by N fertilization, suggesting increased yields were due to N and not to a rotation effect. On both soils, in years of adequate and inadequate rainfall, the reseeding crimson clover system, in combination with a soybean-corn rotation, consistently produced the highest yields of the systems studied, and provided a 68 to 159 kg N ha{sup {minus}1} fertilizer equivalent for corn.

Oyer, L.J. (USDA-SCS, Lincoln, NE (USA)); Touchton, J.T. (Auburn Univ., AL (USA))

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Regional Climatic Effects of Crop Growth Modeled by the Coupled CWRF-CROP System  

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Many studies have been done on the crop responses to climate change and variability using off-line crop growth models. However the activities of crop growth impose significant influences on weather and climate on global, regional, and local scales by changing the physical characteristics of the land surface and modulating the atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Therefore it is essential to study the climate-crop interactions using fully coupled climate-crop models. In this study, the cotton growth model, GOSSYM (an acronym from the word Gossypium, the genus of cotton), re-engineered in software with improved physical processes was coupled with the state-of-the-art Climate extension of the Weather and Research Forecasting model (CWRF). We used the fully coupled CWRF-CROP modeling system to investigate the comprehensive feedbacks to local and regional climate from the seasonal changes in land cover characteristics caused by crop growth, including roughness and displacement, surface albedo, root depth and density, photosynthesis, and irrigation. The preliminary results showed that crop growth greatly alters the radiaitive forcing, near surface aerodynamic processes, and surface and sub-surface hydrology, which affects local and regional climate.

Xu, M.; Liang, X.; Gao, W.

2011-12-01

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Microbial Community Composition as Affected by Dryland Cropping Systems and Tillage in a Semiarid Sandy Soil  

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Full Text Available This study evaluated microbial communities of soil (0–10 cm as affected by dryland cropping systems under different tillage practices after 5 years. The soil type was an Olton sandy loam with an average of 16.4% clay, 67.6% sand and 0.65 g kg?1 of organic matter (OM. The cropping systems evaluated were grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.—cotton (Gossypium hirsutum (Srg-Ct, cotton-winter rye (Secale cereale-grain sorghum (Ct-Rye-Srg, and a rotation of forage (f sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. and Sorghum sudanense with winter rye (Srf-Rye, which were under no-tillage (nt and conventional tillage (ct practices. Soil microbial communities under cotton based cropping systems (Srg-Ct and Ct-Rye-Srg showed lower fungal:bacterial ratios compared to the soil under Srf-Rye. Soil under Srf-Rye showed higher population densities of Bacteroidetes and Proteobacteria while lower Actinobacteria compared to Srg-Ct and Ct-Rye-Srg. Chloroflexi, Gemmatimonadetes and Verrucomicrobiae were higher in tilled soil compared to the no-tilled plots. Regardless the limited irrigation available to sustain agricultural production within these dryland cropping systems, this study demonstrated that differences in microbial communities are more affected by crop rotation than tillage management history. Although soil fungal diversity was not analyzed in this study, pyrosequencing suggests that tillage practices can affect bacterial phyla distribution in this sandy soil.

Verónica Acosta-Martínez

2010-06-01

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Integration of crop rotation and arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) inoculum application for enhancing AM activity to improve phosphorus nutrition and yield of upland rice (Oryza sativa L.).  

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Upland rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a major crop of Eastern India grown during the wet season (June/July to September/October). Aerobic soils of the upland rice system, which are acidic and inherently phosphorus (P) limiting, support native arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) activity. Attempts were made to improve P nutrition of upland rice by exploiting this natural situation through different crop rotations and application of AM fungal (AMF) inoculum. The effect of a 2-year crop rotation of maize (Zea mays L.) followed by horse gram (Dolichos biflorus L.) in the first year and upland rice in the second year on native AM activity was compared to three existing systems, with and without application of a soil-root-based inoculum. Integration of AM fungal inoculation with the maize-horse gram rotation had synergistic/additive effects in terms of AMF colonization (+22.7 to +42.7%), plant P acquisition (+11.2 to +23.7%), and grain yield of rice variety Vandana (+25.7 to +34.3%). PMID:21448812

Maiti, Dipankar; Toppo, Neha Nancy; Variar, Mukund

2011-11-01

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Changes in the biological activity of chestnut soils upon the long-term application of fertilizers in a rotation with oil-bearing crops  

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Experimental studies showed that irrigated chestnut soils on the piedmont of the Zailiiskiy Alatau Range are characterized by the moderate activity of the hydrolytic and redox enzymes. The use of these soils in the crop rotation system increases the hydrolytic activity of the enzymes (invertase, urease, and ATP synthase) by 30% in comparison with the monoculture; at the same time, it does not have a significant impact on the changes in the biological activity of the redox enzymes (catalase and dehydrogenase). The hydrolytic activity of the soils is activated to a greater extent in the crop rotation and in the monoculture against the background application of organic fertilizers. In this case, the recommended rates of mineral fertilizers do not inhibit the activity of the hydrolytic and redox enzymes. An increase in the hydrolytic activity of the enzymes directly affects the yield of oilseed flax. Therefore, indices of the hydrolytic activity of soils can be used as a test for the diagnostics of the efficiency of fertilizers both in crop rotation and monoculture systems.

Eleshev, R. E.; Bakenova, Z. B.

2012-11-01

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Scientific Basis for Sustainable Management of Eucalyptus and Populus as Short-Rotation Woody Crops in the U.S.  

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Full Text Available Short rotation woody crops (SRWC, fast growing tree species that are harvested on short, repeated intervals, can augment traditional fiber sources. These crops have economic and environmental benefits stemming from their capability of supplying fiber on a reduced land base in close proximity to users and when sensitive sites cannot be accessed. Eucalyptus and Populus appear to be genera with the greatest potential to provide supplemental fiber in the U.S. Optimal productivity can be achieved through practices that overcome site limitations and by choosing the most appropriate sites, species, and clones. Some Eucalyptus species are potentially invasive, yet field studies across multiple continents suggest they are slower to disperse than predicted by risk assessments. Some studies have found lower plant and animal diversity in SRWC systems compared to mature, native forests, but greater than some alterative land uses and strongly influenced by stand management, land use history, and landscape context. Eucalyptus established in place of grasslands, arable lands, and, in some cases, native forests can reduce streamflow and lower water tables due to higher interception and transpiration rates but results vary widely, are scale dependent, and are most evident in drier regions.

Eric D. Vance

2014-05-01

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Efect of organic barley-based crop rotations on soil nutrient balance in a semiarid environment for a 16-year experiment  

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In natural ecosystems with no percolating moisture regime, the biogeochemical cycle can be considered a closed system because the nutrients extracted by the roots will be returned to the soil after a certain time. In organic farming, a cycle model as close as possible is taken as a guideline, but we have to consider that unlike natural ecosystems, where most of the nutrients remain in the cycle, the agrosystems are open cycles. To achieve a sustainable fertility of the soil, the soil nutrient levels, the extractions according to the expected crop yields and the export refunds in the form of crop residues, biological nitrogen fixation, green manure or compost will have to be determined. Nutrient balance should be closed with external inputs, always avoiding to be a source of negative impacts on the environment. In organic farming without exogenous inputs, the effect of the crop rotations is much more noticeable in the nutrient balance than in the conventional farming fields which every year receive inputs of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) in the form of chemical fertilizers. The most extractive crop rotations are those that produce a greater decrease in soil reserves, and in these cases exogenous inputs to maintain sustainability should be considered; however, in less extractive crop rotations, extractions can be restored by the edaphogenesis processes. In this work, soil organic matter, phosphorus and potassium balances were analyzed in different organic barley-based crop rotations (barley monoculture [b-b] and in rotation with vetch for hay production [B-Vh], vetch as green manure [B-Vm], sunflower [B-S], chickpea [B-C] and fallow [B-F]) in clay soils under a semiarid environment ("La Higueruela" Experimental Farm, Santa Olalla, Toledo, central Spain) over a 16 year period. Additionally, barley monoculture in conventional farming [B-B] was included. In the organic system, the fertilization involved the barley straw in all rotations, the sunflower straw in B-S, the symbiotic nitrogen from the vetch crops and the green manure in B-Vm. In the conventional system, fertilization consisted on barley straw and chemical fertilizers at a rate of 80-60-30 kg N-P-K ha-1. Before the organic management, the whole plot was subjected to conventional practices. The highest total yields (and therefore the nutrients extractions) were obtained in B-Vh, followed in this order by B-B, B-S, B-F, B-Vm, B-C and b-b. The crop rotations with the highest yields favoured the microbial activity and the organic residues mineralization, although this caused, eventually, a small decrease in the soil organic matter content. Since the eighth year, this parameter remained more stable until the end of the study period. The highest decrease of soil organic matter took place in B-F and B-S, while the lowest ones happened in B-B, where the great amounts of barley straw incorporated into the soil compensated the organic matter losses. The conversion from conventional to organic management with the incorporation of the straw to the soil implies a re-adaptation process with a decrease of the soil phosphorus level by the increasing soil microbial biomass. A decrease of phosphorus during the first six years of the experiment and a posterior recovery and stabilization of this ratio by the solubilisation of the fixed phosphorus was observed. B-F and B-S presented the lowest soluble phosphorus losses, while B-C the highest ones. In the same way, the potassium level decreased during the first eight years and after that remained constant. The highest decreases took place in the rotations with the biggest amounts of barley straw; this decrease could be explained by the nutrient immobilization caused by the microbial biomass.

Meco, Ramón; María Moreno, Marta; Lacasta, Carlos; Moreno, Carmen

2013-04-01

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Turbulent shear flows subject to system rotation  

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Turbulent flows in rotating frame-of-reference are of considerable interest in a variety of industrial, geophysical and astrophysical applications. In these flows, the system rotation induces additional body forces, i.e. centrifugal and Coriolis forces, acting on the turbulent flow, so that the momentum mechanism becomes more complicated. The present doctoral thesis concerns the system rotation influence on turbulent shear flows. To this end, direct numerical simulations (DNSs) have bee...

Barri, Mustafa

2009-01-01

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Global crop production forecasting data system analysis  

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The author has identified the following significant results. Findings led to the development of a theory of radiometric discrimination employing the mathematical framework of the theory of discrimination between scintillating radar targets. The theory indicated that the functions which drive accuracy of discrimination are the contrast ratio between targets, and the number of samples, or pixels, observed. Theoretical results led to three primary consequences, as regards the data system: (1) agricultural targets must be imaged at correctly chosen times, when the relative evolution of the crop's development is such as to maximize their contrast; (2) under these favorable conditions, the number of observed pixels can be significantly reduced with respect to wall-to-wall measurements; and (3) remotely sensed radiometric data must be suitably mixed with other auxiliary data, derived from external sources.

Castruccio, P. A. (principal investigator); Loats, H. L.; Lloyd, D. G.

1978-01-01

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Cropping System to Limit Blast Disease in Upland Rice  

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Cropping system is an essential aspect to take into account to manage blast disease (caused by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae). In addition to the selection of resistant cultivars, studies report opportunities to limit blast incidence by managing mineral amendment (N, Si, P, etc.), cultivar mixtures or other cropping system adaptations. In Madagascar, rice is the staple crop and food. Farmers traditionally grow irrigated or rainfed lowland rice wherever possible. In the mid-1980s, CIRAD and FO...

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Microbial Community Composition as Affected by Dryland Cropping Systems and Tillage in a Semiarid Sandy Soil  

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This study evaluated microbial communities of soil (0–10 cm) as affected by dryland cropping systems under different tillage practices after 5 years. The soil type was an Olton sandy loam with an average of 16.4% clay, 67.6% sand and 0.65 g kg?1 of organic matter (OM). The cropping systems evaluated were grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.)—cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) (Srg-Ct), cotton-winter rye (Secale cereale)-grain sorghum (Ct-Rye-Srg), and a rotation of forage (f) sorghum (Sorghum bic...

2010-01-01

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The influence of reduced spring tillage on soil properties, crop yield and profitability in a rotation  

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The goal of this research was to evaluate different reduced spring tillage methods on yielding capacity of spring sown crops, soil physical and chemical properties and to evaluate the profitability of reduced tillage methods investigated. The field experiment was set up at the Lithuanian Institute of Agriculture in 2003-2005. Spring barley, spring oil-seed rape and spring wheat were grown. Five soil tillage systems were investigated in the field trial: 1. Shallow spring-time ploughing (15-17 ...

Feiza, Virginijus; Feiziene?, Dalia; Deveikyte?, Irena

2006-01-01

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Input-output cost of agronomic production of crops under rotate growing condition for applying to Mediterranean Italian buffaloes  

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Forage availability with low cost of production is the main farmer requisite for obtaining a competitive husbandry dairy product in the market. Cropping system for silage consumption differently impact the cost of Milk Feeding Unit (MFU) and sustainable agronomic cultivation of herbage production. The experiment aimed to assess the analytical cost of MFU per hectare in four forage cropping system models based on two crops per year bred under irrigated and rainfed condition in a Mediterranean ...

Martiniello, P.; Gesualdo, G.; Sabia, E.; Terzano, G. M.; Pacelli, C.; Berardo, N.

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Avaliação do potencial de coberturas verdes e de sitemas de rotações de cultura na supressão do nematoide anelado (Mesocriconema xenoplax) em pré-plantio ao pessegueiro / Evaluation of green covering potential and crop rotation systems in the suppression of the ring nematode (Mesocriconema xenoplax) in peach pre-planting  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Em uma área naturalmente infestada com o nematoide anelado (Mesocriconema xenoplax), coberturas verdes foram testadas quanto a sua hospedabilidade, em cultivos de inverno e verão, comparativamente às parcelas mantidas sob pousio. Três sistemas de rotação de culturas, com as mesmas espécies vegetais [...] (aveia-preta/feijão-de-porco/milheto/nabo-forrageiro; nabo-forrageiro/milheto/aveia-branca/milho, e aveia-branca/mucuna-anã/trigo/sorgo), foram avaliados quanto ao potencial supressor do nematóide de M. xenoplax por dois anos, utilizando-se, como testemunhas, de parcelas mantidas sob pousio e alqueive. Os experimentos foram conduzidos a campo, em blocos ao acaso, com seis repetições. Antes e após o estabelecimento de cada cultivo, as populações do nematoide foram avaliadas quanto ao número de M. xenoplax/100cm³ de solo e fator de reprodução (FR= população final/população inicial) do nematoide anelado, onde FR1,00, favorecimento da reprodução. A maioria das culturas testadas foi hospedeira desfavorável (FR Abstract in english In a field naturally infested with ring nematode (Mesocriconema xenoplax), green covering were tested for their hostel in winter and summer crops comparing to plots kept in fallow lands. Tree crop rotation system with the same plant species (black oat/pig bean/ millet/forage radish; forage radish/ m [...] illet/white oat/corn; and white oat/mucuna deeringiana/wheat/sorghum) were evaluated for suppression potential to nematode M. xenoplax for two years, using as witness plots that were kept in fallow lands. The experiments were conducted in the field in a randomized block design with six repetitions. Before and after the establishment of each plot, the nematode populations were evaluated on the number of M. xenoplax/100cm³ of soil and the reproduction factor (RF= final population/initial population) of the ring nematode, where RF 1,00, favoring of the reproduction. Most of the crops analyzed were unfavorable host (RF

Cesar Bauer, Gomes; Flávio Luiz Carpena, Carvalho; João Guilherme, Casagrande Júnior; Elizete Beatriz, Radmann.

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Generic occurrence of rings in rotating systems  

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In rotating scattering systems, the generic saddle-center scenario leads to stable islands in phase space. Non-interacting particles whose initial conditions are defined in such islands will be trapped and form rotating rings. This result is generic and also holds for systems quite different from planetary rings.

Benet, L.; Seligman, T. H.

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Linking N Cycling to Microbial Function Within Soil Microenvironments in Cover Crop Systems  

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Cover crops have emerged as a crop management strategy to achieve agricultural sustainability and maintain environmental quality. Thus, fundamental knowledge of microbial-mediated C and N cycling is vital to understanding soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics in cover cropped agroecosystems. We investigated the effects of short-term cover crop-C input on N processing by microbial communities within SOM microenvironments and in bulk soil, across a gradient of organic to conventional crop management. We hypothesized that cover crop C and N inputs promote soil aggregation, which increases the abundance of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and stimulates greater microbial cycling of N within soil microenvironments, thereby leading to potential increases in N stabilization coupled with decreases in N loss. Our hypothesis was tested on the long-term organic, low-input, and conventional maize-tomato rotations at the Center for Integrated Farming Systems experiment (Davis, CA). We collected soil samples (0-15cm) across the cover crop and subsequent maize growing seasons and then isolated three SOM fractions soil: coarse particulate organic matter (cPOM; >250um), microaggregates (53-250um), and silt-and-clay (nosZ, were employed to quantify AOB and denitrifier population sizes, respectively. We also measured gross ammonification and nitrification rates in short-term 15N-incubations of the bulk soil to link cover crop induced N cycling to N-transforming bacteria. Total soil C and N concentrations and soil aggregation were higher in the organic than conventional and low-input systems. The amoA and no Z copy numbers g-1 dry soil were highest in the microaggregate fraction and similar between the cPOM and silt-and-clay fractions, among all cropping treatments. Abundances of AOB and denitrifiers were lower in bulk soil from the conventional and low- input than organic system. Our study indicates that long-term, annual cover crop inputs to the organic system lead to greater aggregation and development of microaggregate structures. Consequently, the abundance of nitrifiers and denitrifiers as well as the rates of ammonification and nitrification are augmented in the organic system compared to the conventional, which does not receive a cover crop, and the low-input system, which receives cover crops only in alternate years. These results shed light on the specific mechanisms governing short-term N stabilization versus losses under long-term crop management.

Kong, A. Y.; Scow, K. M.; Hristova, K.; Six, J.

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The crop assessment subsystem: System implementation and approaches used for the generation of crop production reports  

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The primary responsibility of the crop assessment subsystem (CAS) during the three phases of LACIE was to produce crop reports that included estimates of wheat area, yield, and production, as well as a specified set of associated statistical descriptors. The operations of CAS are described with emphasis on sampling strategy, input/output data, evolution of aggregation/reporting system capabilities, and CAS aggregation procedures.

Mcallum, W. E.; Hatch, R. E.; Boatwright, S. M.; Liszcz, C. J.; Evans, S. M. (principal investigators)

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Assessment of Carbon Sequestration in German Alley Cropping Systems  

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Alley cropping systems (ACS) are agroforestry practices in which perennial trees or shrubs are grown in wide rows and arable crops are cultivated in the alleys between the tree rows. Recently, ACS which integrate stripes of short rotation coppices into conventional agricultural sites have gained interest in Germany. These systems can be used for simultaneous production of crops and woody biomass which enables farmers to diversify the provision of market goods. Adding trees into the agricultural landscape creates additional benefits for the farmer and society also known as ecosystem services. An ecosystem service provided by land use systems is carbon sequestration. The literature indicates that ACS are able to store more carbon compared to agriculture and their implementation may lead to greater benefits for the environment and society. Moreover, carbon sequestration in ACS could be included in carbon trading schemes and farmers rewarded additionally for the provision of this ecosystem service. However, methods are required which are easy to use and provide reliable information regarding change in carbon sequestration with change of the land use practice. In this context, our aim was to develop a methodology to assess carbon sequestration benefit provided by ACS in Germany. Therefore, the change of carbon in both soil and biomass had to be considered. To predict the change in soil carbon our methodology combined the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories and the soil organic carbon balance recommended by the Association of German Agricultural Investigation and Research Centers (VDLUFA). To reflect the change in biomass carbon average annual yields were adopted. The results showed that ACS established on agricultural sites can increase the carbon stored because in the new soil-plant system carbon content is higher compared to agriculture. ACS have been recommended as suitable land use systems for marginal sites, such as post-mining areas. In such areas soil carbon usually increases at a faster initial rate compared to agricultural land which means that these areas could provide high level of carbon sequestration service in the short term. The approach will be broadened to include assessment of other ecosystem services provided by ACS in Germany which would increase the possibility to adequately compensate farmers for the supply of environmental benefits. Keywords: agroforestry, biomass production, carbon sequestration, ecosystem services, marginal sites

Tsonkova, P. B.; Quinkenstein, A.; Böhm, C.; Freese, D.

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Organic and conventional tomato cropping systems  

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Full Text Available Among several alternative agricultural systems have been developed, organic agriculture has deserved increasing interest from. The objective of this paper was comparing both organic (OS and conventional (CS tomato cropping systems for varieties Débora and Santa Clara, through an interdisciplinary study. The experiment was set up in a randomized blocks design with six replicates, in a dystrophic Ultisol plots measuring 25 ´ 17 m. Cropping procedures followed by either local conventional or organic growers practices recommendations. Fertilization in the OS was done with organic compost, single superphosphate, dolomitic limes (5L, 60 g, and 60 g per pit, and sprayed twice a week with biofertilizer. Fertilization in the CS was done with 200 g 4-14-8 (NPK per pit and, after planting, 30 g N, 33 g K and 10.5 g P per pit; from 52 days after planting forth, plants were sprayed once a week with foliar fertilizer. In the CS, a blend of insecticides, fungicides and miticides was sprayed twice a week, after planting. In the OS, extracts of black pepper, garlic, and Eucalyptus; Bordeaux mixture, and biofertilizer, were applied twice a week to control diseases and pests. Tomato spotted wilt was the most important disease in the OS, resulting in smaller plant development, number of flower clusters and yield. In the CS, the disease was kept under control, and the population of thrips, the virus vector, occurred at lower levels than in the OS. Variety Santa Clara presented greater incidence of the viral disease, and for this reason had a poorer performance than 'Débora', especially in the OS. Occurrence of Liriomyza spp. was significantly smaller in the OS, possibly because of the greater frequency of Chrysoperla. The CS had smaller incidence of leaf spots caused by Septoria lycopersici and Xanthomonas vesicatoria. However, early blight and fruit rot caused by Alternaria solani occurred in larger numbers. No differences were observed with regard to the communities of fungi and bacteria in the phylloplane, and to the occurrence of weeds.

Bettiol Wagner

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Using dual-purpose crops in sheep-grazing systems.  

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The utilisation of dual-purpose crops, especially wheat and canola grown for forage and grain production in sheep-grazing systems, is reviewed. When sown early and grazed in winter before stem elongation, later-maturing wheat and canola crops can be grazed with little impact on grain yield. Recent research has sought to develop crop- and grazing-management strategies for dual-purpose crops. Aspects examined have been grazing effects on crop growth, recovery and yield development along with an understanding of the grazing value of the crop fodder, its implications for animal nutrition and grazing management to maximise live-weight gain. By alleviating the winter 'feed gap', the increase in winter stocking rate afforded by grazing crops allows crop and livestock production to be increased simultaneously on the same farm. Integration of dual-purpose wheat with canola on mixed farms provides further systems advantages related to widened operational windows, weed and disease control and risk management. Dual-purpose crops are an innovation that has potential to assist in addressing the global food-security challenge. PMID:24323974

Dove, Hugh; Kirkegaard, John

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Efeito na produtividade da rotação de culturas de verão e crotalária no inverno The efect of crotalaria cropped in the winter and of crop rotation on the yield of summer crops  

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Full Text Available Em ensaio de rotação de culturas, conduzido em Pindorama, SP, num solo podzólico vermelho amarelo, fase arenosa, durante os anos agrícolas de 1991/92, 1992/93 e 1993/94, avaliou-se o efeito da rotação entre milho, soja e arroz, com e sem crotalária júncea de inverno, na produção das culturas, no final do terceiro ano da experimentação. Não houve diferença entre tratamentos na produção da soja. A rotação aumentou a produção de arroz e milho, comparativamente ao monocultivo dessas culturas. A boa produtividade alcançada das culturas no terceiro ano pode ser atribuída, além da rotação, à ocorrência regular de chuvas e ao uso de cultivares tolerantes à acidezThe effect of crop rotation among corn, soybean and rice as summer crops, and of crotalaria as a winter crop, was evaluated by the crop yield at the end of the third year.The experiment was established at Pindorama, SP, Brazil, on an acid soil(Red -Yellow Podzolic, sandy phase. After three years , there was no yield difference among treatments for soybeam production. Crop rotation was beneficial for rice and corn prodution when compared to monocultures. The good productivity in the third year could also be atributed to regular rainfall and acidity tolerant cultivars.

H.A.A. MASCARENHAS

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Efeito na produtividade da rotação de culturas de verão e crotalária no inverno / The efect of crotalaria cropped in the winter and of crop rotation on the yield of summer crops  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Em ensaio de rotação de culturas, conduzido em Pindorama, SP, num solo podzólico vermelho amarelo, fase arenosa, durante os anos agrícolas de 1991/92, 1992/93 e 1993/94, avaliou-se o efeito da rotação entre milho, soja e arroz, com e sem crotalária júncea de inverno, na produção das culturas, no fin [...] al do terceiro ano da experimentação. Não houve diferença entre tratamentos na produção da soja. A rotação aumentou a produção de arroz e milho, comparativamente ao monocultivo dessas culturas. A boa produtividade alcançada das culturas no terceiro ano pode ser atribuída, além da rotação, à ocorrência regular de chuvas e ao uso de cultivares tolerantes à acidez Abstract in english The effect of crop rotation among corn, soybean and rice as summer crops, and of crotalaria as a winter crop, was evaluated by the crop yield at the end of the third year.The experiment was established at Pindorama, SP, Brazil, on an acid soil(Red -Yellow Podzolic, sandy phase). After three years , [...] there was no yield difference among treatments for soybeam production. Crop rotation was beneficial for rice and corn prodution when compared to monocultures. The good productivity in the third year could also be atributed to regular rainfall and acidity tolerant cultivars.

H.A.A., MASCARENHAS; S.S.S., NOGUEIRA; R.T., TANAKA; A.L.M., MARTINS; Q.A.C., CARMELLO.

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Nematode infestation and N-effect of legumes on soil and crop yelds in legume-sorghum rotations  

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The effects of cowpea (Vignaunguiculata) and-groundnut (Arachis hypogea) on succeeding sorghum yields, soil mineral N and nematode infestationwere studied during five cropping seasons (2000 to 2004) in a weakly acid Ultisol of the agronomy research station of Farakô-Ba lo-cated in the Guinean zone of Burkina Faso, West Africa. A factorial 5x5 design of five crop rotations with five fertilizer treatments in a split-plot arrangement with four replications was used.Sorghum yields were affected ...

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Rotations with Coastal Bermudagrass and Fallow for Management of Meloidogyne incognita and Soilborne Fungi on Vegetable Crops  

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The efficacy of fallow and coastal bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) as a rotation crop for control of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita race 1) and soilborne fungi in okra (Hibiscus esculentus cv. Emerald), squash (Cucurbita pepo cv. Dixie Hybrid), and sweet corn (Zea mays cv. Merit) was evaluated in a 3-year field trial. Numbers of M. incognita in the soil and root-gall indices were greater on okra and squash than sweet corn and declined over the years on vegetable crops following fal...

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YIELD AND CHOSEN QUALITY TRAITS OF OAT GROWN IN THE PERIOD OF CONVERSION TO ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEM  

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In the period of 2004-2005 researches were done at the Agricultural Experimental Station in Ba?cyny (53o35’ N; 19o51’ E) of the University of Warmia and Mazury to determine the results of conversion of oat growing from the conventional system to the organic one. In the first crop rotation it was cultivated according to the principles of the conventional cropping system, applying mineral fertilizers and pesticides. In the second one, a two-year period of conversion of crops to the organic...

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Lentil production in Germany : testing different mixed cropping systems, sowing dates and weed controls  

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As a kind of legume crop, lentils (Lens culinaris Medik.) with their high nutritional value are grown mainly for human consumption in many regions of the world. The crop has benefits in crop rotation due to its symbiotic N-fixation, which is important especially in organic farming, and it can also increase crop biodiversity in arable land. In Europe, lentils are considered one of the popular leguminous food crops. However, the cultivation and scientific research on lentils were neglected in G...

Wang, Lina

2012-01-01

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Stem Weight Ratios of Siberian Elm (Ulmus Pumila L.) Grown as a Short Rotation Crop  

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Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila L.) is a fast growing tree which has not been studied extensively for short rotation crop (SRC) purposes. Seedlings were planted in Madrid (Spain) in the year 2000 at a density of 1 plant/m{sup 2}. Trials were carried out in order to evaluate the biomass production in high-density plantations. The plantation was cut after the fourth growing season and evaluated for height, diameter, and dry weight. The same measurements were repeated for the sprouts of the 1st and 2nd year that followed. The mean biomass yield after 4 years was 101.6 g dw/m{sup 2} year-1; 269 g dw /m{sup 2} for 1-year-old sprouts and 480.4 g dw /m{sup 2} for 2-year-old sprouts. Correlations between height and basal diameter with dry weight were calculated for each year. There was a close correlation between the 4th year original plant weight and the 1-year-old sprouts but less than with the 2nd year. Water efficiency for biomass production was higher during the 2nd sprouting cycle.

Iriarte, Leyre; Fernandez, Jesus [Univ. Politecnica de Madrid (Spain). Dept. de Produccion Vegetal

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Eucalyptus and Populus short rotation woody crops for phosphate mined lands in Florida USA  

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Our short-rotation woody crops (SRWC) research in central and southern Florida is (1) developing superior Eucalyptus grandis (EG), E. amplifolia (EA), and cottonwood (Populus deltoides, PD) genotypes, (2) determining appropriate management practices for and associated productivities of these genotypes, and (3) assessing their economics and markets. Reclaimed clay settling areas (CSA) and overburden sites in phosphate mined areas in central Florida are a potential land base of over 80,000ha for SRWC production. On CSAs, PD grows well in the absence of cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) but is not as productive as the non-invasive EG and EA. SRWC establishment on CSAs requires strict implementation of the following cultural practices: thorough site preparation through herbiciding/disking and bedding, superior trees, watering/packing seedlings, fertilization with ammonium nitrate at planting and annually thereafter as feasible, high planting density possibly including double row planting, and winter harvesting so that coppice regeneration suppresses weeds. PD cultural requirements, that may require post-planting weed control to suppress herbaceous competition, exceed those of the eucalypts. EG SRWCs on CSAs are at risk of blowdown 3-4 years after planting or coppicing; younger PD, EG, and EA SRWCs appear much less susceptible to wind damage. Genetic improvement must continue if EG, EA, and PD are to increase in commercial feasibility. SRWC cost competitiveness will depend on establishment success, yield improvements, harvesting costs, and identifying/using incentives. Strong collaboration among public and private partners is necessary for commercializing SRWCs in Florida. (author)

Rockwood, D.L.; Carter, D.R.; Langholtz, M.H. [The School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Box 110410, Gainesville, FL 32611 0410 (United States); Stricker, J.A. [Polk County Extension Service, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (United States)

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Chromolaena odorata fallow in food cropping systems. An agronomic assessment in South-West Ivory Coast.  

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In tropical Africa, traditional shifting cultivation can no longer provide sufficient food for the rapidly increasing population, whereas it threatens the remaining forests. An alternative is a fallow system based on the shrub Chromolaena odorata. Food crop cultivation in rotation with this fallow type in Ivory Coast was analysed and options for efficient and sustainable land use were identified. Farmers obtained 1.8 t ha -1maize without external inputs in a three-year fallow-cropp...

Slaats, J. J. P.

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Performance and sustainability of short-rotation energy crops treated with municipal and industrial residues  

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The sustainability of short-rotation willow coppice (SRWC) as a multifunctional system for phytoremediation—the use of plants for treatment of contaminated air, soil or water—and for producing energy biomass, was studied. SRWC is grown commercially in Sweden to produce energy biomass, nutrient-rich residues being applied as cost-efficient fertiliser to increase production. The principal residues used are municipal wastewater, landfill leachate, industrial wastewater (e.g. log-yard runoff)...

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Rotating Cylinder Treatment System Demonstration (Presentation)  

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In August 2008, a rotating cylinder treatment system (RCTSTM) demonstration was conducted near Gladstone, CO. The RCTSTM is a novel technology developed to replace the aeration/oxidation and mixing components of a conventional lime precipitation treatment s...

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Crop candidates for the bioregenerative life support systems in China  

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The use of plants for life support applications in space is appealing because of the multiple life support functions by the plants. Research on crops that were grown in the life support system to provide food and oxygen, remove carbon dioxide was begun from 1960. To select possible crops for research on the bioregenerative life support systems in China, criteria for the selection of potential crops were made, and selection of crops was carried out based on these criteria. The results showed that 14 crops including 4 food crops (wheat, rice, soybean and peanut) and 7 vegetables (Chinese cabbage, lettuce, radish, carrot, tomato, squash and pepper) won higher scores. Wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.), rice ( Oryza sativa L.), soybean ( Glycine max L.) and peanut ( Arachis hypogaea L.) are main food crops in China. Chinese cabbage ( Brassica campestris L. ssp. chinensis var. communis), lettuce ( Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia Lam.), radish ( Raphanus sativus L.), carrot ( Daucus carota L. var. sativa DC.), tomato ( Lycopersicon escalentum L.), squash ( Cucurbita moschata Duch.) and pepper ( Capsicum frutescens L. var. longum Bailey) are 7 vegetables preferred by Chinese. Furthermore, coriander ( Coriandum sativum L.), welsh onion ( Allium fistulosum L. var. giganteum Makino) and garlic ( Allium sativum L.) were selected as condiments to improve the taste of space crew. To each crop species, several cultivars were selected for further research according to their agronomic characteristics.

Chunxiao, Xu; Hong, Liu

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Atributos físicos de um Latossolo Vermelho e produtividade de culturas cultivadas em sucessão e rotação / Physical properties of an Oxisol and crops yield under succession and rotation  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Este estudo objetivou avaliar os efeitos da sucessão e rotação de culturas nos atributos físicos e na produtividade dos cultivos agrícolas de um Latossolo Vermelho sob plantio direto, localizado no Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Os tratamentos contaram de quatro seqüências de culturas cultivadas de 19 [...] 98 a 2001: 1) sucessão trigo / soja; 2) rotação milho / aveia / milho+guandu anão / trigo / soja / trigo; 3) rotação guandu anão / trigo / soja / trigo / soja / aveia; e 4) rotação Crotalária / trigo / soja / aveia / milho / trigo. Em outubro de 2000 e de 2001, foram coletadas amostras de solo para determinar os atributos físicos do solo. Em todas as safras foi medida a produtividade das culturas. O Latossolo Vermelho cultivado com plantio direto apresenta um grau de compactação elevado, com densidade do solo acima e volume de macroporos abaixo do limite crítico para a classe textural muito argiloso. As maiores limitações ocorrem abaixo da camada de 0 a 0,03m, pois na camada mais superficial, apesar das pressões exercidas, a mobilização do solo nas operações de semeadura e adubação em linha aumenta a porosidade e reduz a densidade do solo. Nessa camada, houve maior volume de poros entre a saturação e a capacidade de campo, responsáveis pela aeração do solo, e entre a capacidade de campo e o ponto de murcha permanente, responsáveis pelo armazenamento da água disponível para as plantas. A introdução de plantas de cobertura a cada três anos não foi eficiente para reduzir a compactação. A produtividade das culturas foi influenciada positivamente na rotação com Crotalária, enquanto os demais sistemas não diferiram da sucessão de culturas. Abstract in english This study had as objective to evaluate the effects of crops succession and rotation on physical properties and crops yield on an Oxisol (clayey Haplortox) under no tillage system, in Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. The treatments included four cropping sequences, used from 1998 to 2001: 1) success [...] ion wheat / soybean, 2) rotation corn / oat / corn+ Cajanus cajan L. Millsp / wheat / soybean / wheat, 3) rotation Cajanus cajan L. Millsp / wheat / soybean / wheat / soybean / oat, and 4) rotation Crotalaria juncea L. / wheat / soybean / oat / corn / wheat. In October of 2000 and 2001, soil samples were collected to determine physical properties. In all years, the crops yield was measured. The Oxisol cultivated under no-tillage had a high compaction degree, with soil bulk density greater and macroporosity smaller than the critical limit for clay texture. The largest limitations were observed below the layer of 0 to 0,03m, because in the uppermost layer soil mobilization by successive operations of fertilization and sowing increases soil porosity and reduces soil density. Thus, greater volume of pores is observed between soil saturation and field capacity, responsible for soil aeration, and between field capacity and wilting point, responsible for storage of plant available water. The use of cover crops once every three years was not efficient to reduce soil compaction. The yield of the subsequent crops was influenced positively in the rotation with Crotalaria juncea, while the other cropping systems did not differ from crop succession.

Silvio Aymone, Genro Junior; Dalvan José, Reinert; José Miguel, Reichert; Jackson Adriano, Albuquerque.

 
 
 
 
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The effect of different crop rotation on the fungi compound of pea roots (Pisum sative L. cv. "Fidelia" and their healthiness  

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Full Text Available Over the years 1991-1993 research was conducted on the effect of three different types of crop rotation (monoculture, 3-year rotation and 5-year rotation on the fungi compound of pea roots and their healthiness. It was found that I~isarium oxysporum. occured more frequentl~'. F. solani and Rhizoctonia, solani were frequently isolated from plant cultivated in monoculture. On thy contrary in a 5-year rotation fungi belonging to the genus Trichoderma and Gliocladum occerd more frequently. Infestation of roots in monoculture was nearly twice as high as that in crop rotation and the yield was six time lower. In 3-year and 5-year crop rotation difference was not found in the micoflora compound, root rot degree, and seed yield.

Stanis?aw Sadowski

1998-12-01

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Feature Recognition System for Rotational Features  

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Full Text Available This study presents the development of a knowledge-based features recognition system for mechanical parts. The main aim of the research was to concentrate on recognition of rotational features, namely, blind hole, through hole and slanting hole to be used in automatic process planning system. The rule-based technique was applied to recognize rotational features. The recognition criteria were based upon geometrical data from Standard for Exchange of Product data file (STEP of Computer-aided Design (CAD system. The system consists of several modules, namely, pre-processing module, inference engine module and user interface module. The developed system succeeds the design activities in manufacturing industries.

S.S.S. Ranjit

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Modelling of nitrogen leaching under a complex winter wheat and red clover crop rotation in a drained agricultural field  

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The European Water Framework Directive requires conformity of water management structures all over Europe to pursue a good water quality for all water bodies. The highest nitrate concentrations in the water were measured in regions with well-drained soils, ploughed pastures and high nitrogen inputs. The objective of this study was to calculate the nitrate nitrogen leaching out of a subsurface drainage system under organic farming conditions, especially for the seepage period in winter. Water and nitrogen fluxes between soil and vegetation were simulated with the soil-vegetation-atmosphere-transfer model CoupModel using data from an 8 years lasting monitoring programme on a field in Northern Germany. Modelling was focused on a crop rotation sequence consisting of winter wheat with undersown red clover followed by two years of red clover used as temporary grassland. Measured soil temperature in a depth of 15 cm was reproduced very well (Nash-Sutcliffe-efficiency NSE = 0.95; R2 = 0.98). Results also indicated that CoupModel accurately simulated drainage discharge and nitrate N loss under winter wheat from 2001 to 2002 with a NSE of 0.73 for the drainage discharge and a NSE of 0.49 for the nitrate N leaching. For the following red clover period the accordance between simulated and measured drainage discharge (NSE = 0.01) and nitrate N loads in the drainage (NSE = 0.31) was much lower. The inaccuracy in the modelling results in November 2002 seems to origin from an inadequate description of soil covering and thus the interception of the hibernating red clover. Secondly, the high nitrogen leaching in February 2004 could not be matched due to poorly adapted nitrogen dynamics in the model. The reason could be that common single parameter values in the mineralization part of the model were not suitable to reproduce an abrupt, short-term N leaching. In general, the results demonstrate the potential of CoupModel to predict water and nitrate N fluxes under complex crop rotations including bicropping and legumes.

Conrad, Y.; Fohrer, N.

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Input-output cost of agronomic production of crops under rotate growing condition for applying to Mediterranean Italian buffaloes  

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Full Text Available Forage availability with low cost of production is the main farmer requisite for obtaining a competitive husbandry dairy product in the market. Cropping system for silage consumption differently impact the cost of Milk Feeding Unit (MFU and sustainable agronomic cultivation of herbage production. The experiment aimed to assess the analytical cost of MFU per hectare in four forage cropping system models based on two crops per year bred under irrigated and rainfed condition in a Mediterranean site with intensive buffaloes breeding pressure.

N. Berardo

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Rotating sphaleron-antisphaleron systems  

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The configuration space of the bosonic sector of Yang-Mills-Higgs theory possesses non-trivial topology, giving rise to unstable classical solutions such as the Klinkhamer-Manton sphaleron. Representing a saddlepoint of the energy functional between two topologically inequivalent vacua, its existence permits baryon number changing processes. In Weinberg-Salam theory, the coupling to the abelian gauge field allows elektroweak sphalerons to carry a nonvanishing angular momentum, being proportional to their electric charge. We here present new classical solutions, representing rotating sphaleron-antisphaleron pairs, chains and vortex rings. In these stationary axially symmetric solutions, the Higgs field vanishes on isolated points on the symmetry axis, or on rings centered around the symmetry axis.

Ibadov, Rustam [Department of Theoretical Physics and Computer Science, Samarkand State University, Samarkand (Uzbekistan); Kleihaus, Burkhard; Kunz, Jutta; Leissner, Michael [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Oldenburg, D-26111 Oldenburg (Germany)

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Productivity and nutrient cycling in bioenergy cropping systems  

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One of the greatest obstacles confronting large-scale biomass production for energy applications is the development of cropping systems that balance the need for increased productive capacity with the maintenance of other critical ecosystem functions including nutrient cycling and retention. To address questions of productivity and nutrient dynamics in bioenergy cropping systems, we conducted two sets of field experiments during 2005-2007, investigating annual and perennial cropping systems designed to generate biomass energy feedstocks. In the first experiment we evaluated productivity and crop and soil nutrient dynamics in three prototypical bioenergy double-crop systems, and in a conventionally managed sole-crop corn system. Double-cropping systems included fall-seeded forage triticale (x Triticosecale Wittmack), succeeded by one of three summer-adapted crops: corn (Zea mays L.), sorghum-sudangrass [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench], or sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.). Total dry matter production was greater for triticale/corn and triticale/sorghum-sudangrass compared to sole-crop corn. Functional growth analysis revealed that photosynthetic duration was more important than photosynthetic efficiency in determining biomass productivity of sole-crop corn and double-crop triticale/corn, and that greater yield in the tiritcale/corn system was the outcome of photosynthesis occurring over an extended duration. Increased growth duration in double-crop systems was also associated with reductions in potentially leachable soil nitrogen relative to sole-crop corn. However, nutrient removal in harvested biomass was also greater in the double-crop systems, indicating that over the long-term, double-cropping would mandate increased fertilizer inputs. In a second experiment we assessed the effects of N fertilization on biomass and nutrient partitioning between aboveground and belowground crop components, and on carbon storage by four perennial, warm-season grasses: big bluestem (Andropogon geradii Vitman), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), indiangrass [ Sorghastrum nutans (L.) Nash], and eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides L.). Generally, the optimum rate of fertilization for biomass yield by the grasses was 140 kg N ha-1. Nitrogen inputs also had pronounced but grass-specific effects on biomass and nutrient partitioning, and on carbon storage. For big bluestem and switchgrass, 140 kg N ha -1. maximized root biomass, favored allocation of nutrients to roots over shoots, and led to net increases in carbon storage over the study duration. In contrast, for indiangrass and eastern gamagrass, root biomass and root nutrient allocation were generally adversely affected by N fertilization and carbon storage increased only with 0 or 65 kg N ha-1. For all grasses, 220 kg N ha -1 tended to shift allocation of nutrients to shoots over roots and resulted in no net increase in carbon storage. Optimal nitrogen management strategies for perennial, warm-season grass energy crops should take into consideration the effects of N on biomass yield as well as factors such as nutrient and carbon balance that will also impact economic feasibility and environmental sustainability.

Heggenstaller, Andrew Howard

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A Rotative Electrical Impedance Tomography Reconstruction System  

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Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a powerful tool for mapping the conductivity distribution of estimated objects. The EIT system is entirely implemented by electrical technique, so it is a relatively cheap system and data can be collected very rapidly. But it has few commercially medical EIT systems available. This is because impedance image unable to achieve the essential spatial resolution and this technique has an intrinsically poor signal to noise ratio. In this paper, we have developed a high performance rotative EIT system (REIT) for expanding the independent measurements. By rotate the electrodes successive, REIT could change the position of electrodes and acquire more measurement data. This rotative measurement method not only can increase the resolution of impedance images, but also reduce the complexity of measurement system. We hope the improvement of REIT will bring some help in electrical impedance tomography.

Yu, Fang-Ming; Huang, Chen-Ning; Chang, Fang-Wei; Chung, Hung-Yuan

2006-10-01

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A Rotative Electrical Impedance Tomography Reconstruction System  

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Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a powerful tool for mapping the conductivity distribution of estimated objects. The EIT system is entirely implemented by electrical technique, so it is a relatively cheap system and data can be collected very rapidly. But it has few commercially medical EIT systems available. This is because impedance image unable to achieve the essential spatial resolution and this technique has an intrinsically poor signal to noise ratio. In this paper, we have developed a high performance rotative EIT system (REIT) for expanding the independent measurements. By rotate the electrodes successive, REIT could change the position of electrodes and acquire more measurement data. This rotative measurement method not only can increase the resolution of impedance images, but also reduce the complexity of measurement system. We hope the improvement of REIT will bring some help in electrical impedance tomography

2006-10-01

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Nitrous oxide emissions from crop rotations including wheat, oilseed rape and dry peas  

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Approximately 65% of anthropogenic emissions of N2O, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), originate from soils at a global scale, and particularly after N fertilisation of the main crops in Europe. Thanks to their capacity to fix atmospheric N2 through biological fixation, legumes can reduce N fertilizer use, and possibly N2O emissions. Nevertheless, the decomposition of crop organic matter during the crop cycle and residue decomposition, and possibly the N fixation...

Jeuffroy, M. H.; Baranger, E.; Carroue?e, B.; Chezelles, E.; Gosme, M.; He?nault, C.; Schneider, A.; Cellier, P.

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MODELIMG CROP PATTEN SYSTEM USING LINEAR PROGRAMMING  

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Full Text Available In agricultural situations, farmers usually faced with the problem of how to allocate their limited production resources among cropping and livestock activities. Farmer's planners can offer effective techniques, such as linear programming (lp to address the problem and produce optimal solution. In this paper we have demonstrated that how a farmer who has limited resources such as farmers availability ,storage capacity and availability of land can be formulated as a linear programming having linear objective function with three constraints. The objective is to develop an understanding of utility of farmer's availability resources and then maximization of total profit. In our case we have selected two crops rice and corn, formulate the (lp problem and after solving through LINGO, the results showed that farmer obtained maximum profit using his resources.

Mushtaq A. Lone

2014-06-01

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Crop-livestock systems: old wine in new bottles  

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Many farmers in tropical and temperate countries manage a mix of crops and animals. In these systems crop residues can be used to feed the animals and the excreta from the animals as nutrients for the crops. Other forms of mixing take place where grazing under fruit-trees keeps the grass short, where manure from pigs is used to 'feed' fish in a pond or where young animals bred in remote areas are fattened near urban centres with high demands for meat. In addition, inclusion of livestock alter...

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Abundance, diversity and prospecting of culturable phosphate solubilizing bacteria on soils under crop–pasture rotations in a no-tillage regime in Uruguay  

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Phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB) abundance and diversity were examined during two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008, in a crop/pasture rotation experiment in Uruguay. The study site comprised five treatments with different soil use intensity under a no-tillage regime. In the first year of sampling, abundance of PSB was significantly higher in natural prairie (NP) and permanent pasture (PP) than in continuous cropping (CC); rotation treatments harbored populations that did not differ signi...

Azziz, Gasto?n; Bajsa, Natalia; Haghjou, Tandis; Taule?, Cecilia; Valverde, A?ngel; Igual, J. M.; Arias, Alicia

2012-01-01

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Infiltração de água no solo sob escarificação e rotação de culturas / Water infiltration in soil as influenced by chiseling and crop rotations  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Nos solos com restrições físicas e, ou, físico-hídricas ao crescimento de raízes, aumentar o potencial de armazenagem de água por meio de melhorias na infiltração pode ser uma estratégia viável para aumento da produtividade das culturas. Nesse sentido, este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a infi [...] ltração de água em um Nitossolo Vermelho distrófico, com três sistemas de rotação de culturas sob semeadura direta com e sem escarificação inicial. O sistema de rotação de culturas constou de: (1) milheto/soja/sorgo/milho/sorgo (M/S/So/Mi/So), (2) milheto/soja/Brachiaria ruziziensis/milho/Brachiaria ruziziensis (M/S/B/Mi/B) e (3) milheto/soja/Brachiaria ruziziensis + mamona/milho/Brachiaria ruziziensis + mamona (M/S/B+Ma/Mi/B+Ma). A infiltração de água no solo foi avaliada em campo com anéis concêntricos instalados na superfície, a 0,10 e 0,20 m de profundidade, em 2006 e 2007. Após o primeiro ano, o manejo com escarificação inicial do solo apresentou a maior infiltração de água. A rotação Brachiaria ruziziensis + mamona proporcionou maior infiltração da água no solo. A atividade do sistema radicular das espécies nas parcelas sem escarificação inicial aumentou a velocidade de infiltração da água no solo. Abstract in english In soils with physical and/or physical hydric restrictions for root growth, it may be a viable strategy to increase crop productivity by increasing water storage potential through improvements in water infiltration. Accordingly, the objective of this study was to determine water infiltration in a Ha [...] pludult in three crop rotations under no-tillage, with and without initial chiseling. Crop rotations consisted of: millet/soybean/sorghum/maize/sorghum; millet/soybean/Brachiaria ruziziensis/corn/Brachiaria ruziziensis; and millet/soybean/Brachiaria ruziziensis + castor bean/corn/Brachiaria ruziziensis + castor bean. Water infiltration in soil was evaluated in the field, using concentric discs at the soil surface and at depths of 0.10 and 0.20 m, in 2006 and 2007. After the first year, chiseling led to increased infiltration of water into the soil. Water infiltration was greatest in the crop rotation system with Brachiaria ruziziensis + castor bean. The activity of root systems of crops in the plots without chiseling increased the rate of water infiltration into the soil.

Prando, Maryara Buriola; Olibone, Dácio; Olibone, Ana Paula Encide; Rosolem, Ciro Antonio.

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ROMANIA’S IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND CROPPING TENDENCIES  

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Full Text Available Irrigation facilities play an important role in the development of agriculture inRomania. Over the years, there have been consistent investments in irrigation systems, which occupied 22% of the agricultural area in late 2011. However, the share of irrigated area was located below 10% in most years, after 1989. The main objective of this paper was to analyze the structure and evolution of areas farmed by the main crop groups in five irrigation systems. The main conclusion that emerged was that the crop structure indicates the existence and development of intensive and professional agriculture attributes. This shows an increase in the areas under high value crops, a trend that could be a chance for poor rural communities to reduce their dependence for grain crops, and facilitate the transition from subsistence to market-oriented agriculture.

Marioara Rusu

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Using the DNDC model to compare soil organic carbon dynamics under different crop rotation and fertilizer strategies  

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Soil organic carbon (SOC) plays a vital role in determining soil fertility, water holding capacity and susceptibility to land degradation. On the Chinese Loess Plateau, a large amount of crop residues is regularly removed; therefore, this agricultural area mainly depends on fertilizer inputs to maintain crop yields. This paper aims to use a computer simulation model (DeNitrification and DeComposition, or DNDC) to estimate the changes of SOC content and crop yield from 1998 to 2047 under different cropping systems, providing some strategies to maintain the SOC in balance and to increase crop yields. The results demonstrated that: (i) single manure application or combined with nitrogen fertilizer could significantly enhance the SOC content and crop yield on the sloped land, terraced field and flat land; and (ii) in contrast to sloped land and terraced field, the SOC content and crop yield both continuously increased in flat fields, indicating that the flat field in this region is a good soil surface for carbon sequestration. These results emphasize that application of manure combined with nitrogen fertilizer would be a better management practice to achieve a goal of increasing soil carbon sequestration and food security. (Author)

Mu, L.; Liang, Y.; Xue, Q.; Chen, C.; Lin, X.

2014-06-01

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Life prediction systems for critical rotating components  

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With the advent of advanced materials in rotating gas turbine engine components, the methodologies for life prediction of these parts must also increase in sophistication and capability. Pratt & Whitney`s view of generic requirements for composite component life prediction systems are presented, efforts underway to develop these systems are discussed, and industry participation in key areas requiring development is solicited.

Cunningham, S.E.

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Climate change impact on crop rotations of winter durum wheat and tomato in southern Italy: yield analysis and soil fertility  

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Cropping systems are affected by climate change because of the strong relationship between crop development, growth, yield, CO2 atmospheric concentration and climate conditions. The increasing temperatures and the reduction of available water resources may result in negative impacts on the agricultural activity in Mediterranean environments than other areas. In this study the CERES-Wheat and CROPGRO-Tomato models were used to assess the effects of climate change on winter wheat (Triticum ...

Domenico Ventrella; Luisa Giglio; Monia Charfeddine; Raffaele Lopez; Mirko Castellini; Donato Sollitto; Annamaria Castrignanò; Francesco Fornaro

2012-01-01

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Effect of tillage, rotation and crop residues on wheat crop productivity, fertilizer nitrogen and water use efficiency and soil organic carbon status in dry area (rainfed) of north-west Pakistan  

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Full Text Available SciELO Chile | Language: English Abstract in english Crop productivity, soil organic carbon (SOC), fertilizer nitrogen and water use efficiency (WUE) in rainfed dry area is influenced by tillage, rotation and crop residues management. Field experiments were conducted during 2004-09 to study the effect of tillage, rotation and crop residues on wheat yi [...] eld, nitrogen fertilizer and water use efficiency and SOC under semi-arid condition in north-west Pakistan. The treatments consisted of three rotations: i) Wheat-fallow-wheat (farmers' practice) ii) Wheat- summer legume-wheat and iii) Wheat-summer cereal-wheat with two tillage and crop residues management treatments: i) Tillage (crop residues removed) and Tillage (crop residues retained) and ii) No-tillage (crop residues removed) and No-tillage (crop residues retained). Basal doses of N60: P60 (kg ha-1) to wheat, N90: P60 and N20: P60 (kg ha-1) to summer cereals and legumes rotation crops were applied respectively. Labeled urea having 1% 15N atom excess at 60 kg N ha-1 was applied to wheat as an aqueous solution in micro plot within each treatment plot. Changes in soil water storage were monitored with neutron moisture probe for calculation of WUE. The results revealed that the wheat grain and straw yield was not increased by the tillage treatment. Crop residues retention significantly enhanced the wheat grain and straw yield. Crop residues with no-tillage resulted in 520 kg ha-1 greater wheat grain yield than residues removed treatment. Similarly WUE, N yield and fertilizer N utilization by wheat was increased significantly by crop residues under no-tillage compared to the tillage treatment. Maximum N fertilizer utilization 24.1 %, 62.7 % and 38.0 % in wheat were obtained under no-tillage + residues treatment during 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively. The SOC in surface soil (0-15 cm) was higher in wheat-fallow-wheat and wheat-legume-wheat rotation under no-tillage + residues treatment. The results showed that no-tillage + crop residues and legume based rotation treatment were beneficial under the rainfed (dry) conditions.

Mohammad, W; Shah, S. M; Shehzadi, S; Shah, S. A.

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Influence of crop rotation and meteorological conditons on density and biomass of weeds in spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.  

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Full Text Available The paper presents the analysis of changes in weed infestation in spring barley cultivated in the years 1990-2004 in crop rotation with a 25% proportion of this cereal (potato - spring barley - sowing peas - winter triticale, when it was grown after potato, and in crop rotation with its 75% proportion (potato - spring barley - spring barley - spring barley, when it was grown once or twice after spring barley. In the experiment, no weed control was applied. Every year in the spring (at full emergence of the cereal and before the harvest, the composition of weed species and weed density of particular weed species were determined, and before the harvest also their biomass. Weed density increased linearly on all plots during the 15-year period. The average values confirm the increase in weed biomass in the case when spring barley was grown once or twice after this crop; however, those differences were influenced by the previous situation only during some seasons. Weed density and biomass showed high year-to-year variability and a positive correlation with the amount of precipitation and a negative correlation with temperature during the period of the study. A negative correlation between the yield of barley and weed biomass was shown.

Maria Wanic

2010-06-01

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Influence of Rice Rotation Systems on Soil Nematode Trophic Groups in Arkansas  

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The effects of crop rotation sequences and combinations on soil nematode populations were investigated. Tillage versus non-tillage treatments were applied to crop rotation sequences dominated by flooded rice in a split plot design. The rotated crops were rice, soybean, and corn, including a fallow for a total of eight rotation treatments. All nematode feeding groups were recovered i.e bacterial feeding-, fungal feeding-, plant feeding-, carnivorous-, and omnivorous- nematodes. A total of 24 n...

Martin Moluwa Matute; Merle Anders

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Crop protection in European maize-based cropping systems: Current practices and recommendations for innovative Integrated Pest Management  

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Maize-based cropping systems (MBCSs), with different frequency of maize in the crop sequence, are common in European arable systems. Pesticide use differs according to the type of active ingredients and target organisms in different regions. Within the EU Network of Excellence ENDURE, two expert-based surveys were conducted focusing on four European study regions where experts were asked to identify MBCSs in their region, determine the current crop protection practices, propose advanced pract...

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Effects of different cropping systems and weed management methods on free energy and content of pigments in maize  

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Full Text Available Rotation is a cropping system that has many advantages and ensures better crop growth and yielding. Its combinination with other cropping measures can ensure optimal crop density for maximal growth and photosynthesis efficiency. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of different cropping systems: monoculture and two rotations, including maize, wheat and soybean (MSW and MWS, and different weed management methods (weed removal by hoeing, application of a full recommended herbicide dose (RD and half that dose (0.5 RD, and weedy check on weed biomass and maize growth parameters - leaf area index (LAI, free energy, contents of chlorophyll and carotenoids, grain yield, and their possible relationships in two fields of the maize hybrids ZP 677 (H1 and ZP 606 (H2. The lowest LAI and grain yield were found in monoculture, particularly in weedy check, which had relatively high weed infestation. Higher weed biomass was also observed in herbicide treated plots in monoculture. Such high competition pressure indicates a stress reflected on reduced LAI and chlorophyll content, and increased free energy and content of carotenoids. On the other hand, rotation, particularly if it is combined with the application of herbicides or hoeing, had a positive impact on yielding potential by increasing LAI and the contents of chlorophyll and carotenoids, and decreasing free energy.

Igor Spasojevi?

2014-03-01

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Effects of different potato cropping system approaches and water management on soilborne diseases and soil microbial communities.  

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Four different potato cropping systems, designed to address specific management goals of soil conservation, soil improvement, disease suppression, and a status quo standard rotation control, were evaluated for their effects on soilborne diseases of potato and soil microbial community characteristics. The status quo system (SQ) consisted of barley underseeded with red clover followed by potato (2-year). The soil-conserving system (SC) featured an additional year of forage grass and reduced tillage (3-year, barley/timothy-timothy-potato). The soil-improving system (SI) added yearly compost amendments to the SC rotation, and the disease-suppressive system (DS) featured diverse crops with known disease-suppressive capability (3-year, mustard/rapeseed-sudangrass/rye-potato). Each system was also compared with a continuous potato control (PP) and evaluated under both irrigated and nonirrigated conditions. Data collected over three potato seasons following full rotation cycles demonstrated that all rotations reduced stem canker (10 to 50%) relative to PP. The SQ, SC, and DS systems reduced black scurf (18 to 58%) relative to PP; SI reduced scurf under nonirrigated but not irrigated conditions; and scurf was lower in DS than all other systems. The SQ, SC, and DS systems also reduced common scab (15 to 45%), and scab was lower in DS than all other systems. Irrigation increased black scurf and common scab but also resulted in higher yields for most rotations. SI produced the highest yields under nonirrigated conditions, and DS produced high yields and low disease under both irrigation regimes. Each cropping system resulted in distinctive changes in soil microbial community characteristics as represented by microbial populations, substrate utilization, and fatty acid methyl-ester (FAME) profiles. SI tended to increase soil moisture, microbial populations, and activity, as well result in higher proportions of monounsaturated FAMEs and the FAME biomarker for mycorrhizae (16:1 ?6c) relative to most other rotations. DS resulted in moderate microbial populations and activity but higher substrate richness and diversity in substrate utilization profiles. DS also resulted in relatively higher proportions of FAME biomarkers for fungi (18:2 ?6c), actinomycetes, and gram-positive bacteria than most other systems, whereas PP resulted in the lowest microbial populations and activity; substrate richness and diversity; proportions of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated FAME classes; and fungal, mycorrhizae, and actinomycete FAME biomarkers of all cropping systems. Overall, soil water, soil quality, and soilborne diseases were all important factors affecting productivity, and cropping systems addressing these constraints improved production. Cropping system approaches will need to balance these factors to achieve sustainable production and disease management. PMID:20839965

Larkin, Robert P; Honeycutt, C Wayne; Griffin, Timothy S; Olanya, O Modesto; Halloran, John M; He, Zhongqi

2011-01-01

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What crop rotation will provide optimal first-generation ethanol production in Ireland, from technical and economic perspectives?  

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This paper describes a technical and economic analysis of the potential ethanol production from wheat, barley and sugar beet in Ireland for three different combinations of the crops. Scenarios are investigated which include for three crop rotations: (1) wheat, barley and sugar beet; (2) wheat, wheat and sugar beet; and (3) wheat only. Ethanol production facilities typically employ either starch or sugar feedstocks which may not be optimised if both starch and sugar feedstocks are used. Thus, the scenarios which include sugar beet require two separate facilities. The study shows that technical optimisation gives a different rotation to an economic optimisation. It was found that the starch feedstocks (wheat and barley) produce more ethanol per tonne of feedstock than the sugar feedstock (sugar beet). However, on a land area basis, sugar beet produces significantly more ethanol, and hence more energy, than either wheat or barley. In order to meet the EU Biofuels Directive, it is crucial to maximise the energy return per unit of land. Thus, optimisation on the basis of minimisation of land take gives a rotation of wheat, wheat and sugar beet, as this scenario produces the greatest quantity of energy per hectare, whereas optimisation on an economic basis suggests wheat alone with the lowest production cost of EUR0.6/l. (author)

Power, N. [Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork (Ireland); Murphy, J.D.; McKeogh, E. [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)

2008-07-15

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Potato field colonization by low-density populations of Colorado potato beetle as a function of crop rotation distance.  

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Monitoring of 10 and 12 commercial potato, Solanum tuberosum L., fields in 2004 and 2005, respectively, confirmed for a low-density population of Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say), that potato fields nearest to the previous year's potato fields are significantly more colonized by this beetle than more distant fields. This pattern is partially explained by the presence of a reservoir of colonizers estimated at 35% of the season-long colonizing population in 2004 and 2005. These beetles, which emerged before potato plants broke the ground, were ready to establish themselves on nearby potato plants. The colonizing Colorado potato beetles dispersed within the maximum range of 1.5 km over a season, and the colonization risk for the new crop decreased with distance from the previous year's crop. There was no evidence that rotation distance delayed colonization. In terms of pest management, although the findings confirm that only long 1.5-km rotations can prevent Colorado potato beetle colonization, they also demonstrate that short rotations of 100 m or more can make substantial contributions to pest management programs for low-density beetle populations. PMID:18950039

Boiteau, Gilles; Picka, J D; Watmough, James

2008-10-01

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Sustainable Production of Japanese Eggplants in a Piedmont Soil in Rotation with Winter Cover Crops  

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Eggplant is a popular vegetable consumed all over the world. Cover cropping is an efficient way of recycling nutrients and reducing inorganic fertilizer requirements to maintain the sustainability of the soil without affecting productivity and profitability. Eggplants (Solanum melongena) (Japanese varieties Hansel and Kamo) were grown in a Piedmont soil with two main treatments, cover crop (CC) and no cover crop (NC), and four sub-fertilizer treatments (T1: 0-0-0, T2: 56-28-112, T3: 84-56-168...

Ramesh Ravella; Muchha Reddy; Kurt Taylor; Ahmed Elobeid

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Influence of temperate grass seed rotation systems on weed seed soil bank composition Influência de sistemas de rotação de sementes de gramíneas forrageiras temperadas na composição do banco de sementes invasoras no solo  

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Due to changing cropping practices in perennial grass seed crops in western Oregon, USA, alternative rotation systems are being considered to reduce weed infestations. Information is generally lacking regarding the effects of alternative agronomic operations and herbicide inputs on soil weed seed bank composition during this transition. Six crop rotation systems were imposed in 1992 on a field that had historically produced monoculture perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) seeds. Each system...

Renato Borges Medeiros; Steiner, Jeffrey J.

2002-01-01

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The Effect of Organic and Conventional Cropping Systems on CO2 Emission from Agricultural Soils: Preliminary Results  

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The effects of different agricultural systems on soil organic carbon content and CO2 emission are investigated in this work. In a long-term experiment a conventional system, characterized by traditional agricultural practices (as deep tillage and chemical inputs) was compared with an organic one, including green manure and organic fertilizers. Both systems have a three-year crop rotation including pea – durum wheat – tomato; the organic system is implemented with the introduction ...

Roberto Mancinelli; Enio Campiglia; Alessandra Di Tizio; Alessandra Lagomarsino; Stefano Grego

2011-01-01

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The Effect of Organic and Conventional Cropping Systems on CO2 Emission from Agricultural Soils: Preliminary Results  

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The effects of different agricultural systems on soil organic carbon content and CO2 emission are investigated in this work. In a long-term experiment a conventional system, characterized by traditional agricultural practices (as deep tillage and chemical inputs) was compared with an organic one, including green manure and organic fertilizers. Both systems have a three-year crop rotation including pea – durum wheat – tomato; the organic system is implemented with the introduction ...

Roberto Mancinelli; Enio Campiglia; Alessandra Di Tizio; Alessandra Lagomarsino; Stefano Grego

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Agregados em um Latossolo sob sistema plantio direto e rotação de culturas / Aggregates in a Rhodic Ferralsol under no-tillage and crop rotation  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a influência dos cultivos de outono-inverno e primavera, em sistema de plantio direto, nos agregados e matéria orgânica de um Latossolo. O experimento foi conduzido durante as safras 2006/2007, 2007/2008 e 2008/2009. No outono-inverno foram estabelecidas parcela [...] s principais com braquiária (Urochloa ruziziensis), sorgo granífero (Sorghum bicolor) e sorgo consorciado com braquiária. Na primavera, foram cultivados, em subparcelas, milheto (Pennisetum glaucum), 'Cober Crop' (Sorghum bicolor x Sorghum sudanense), crotalária (Crotalaria juncea) ou pousio. A soja foi cultivada como safra de verão, o que totalizou 12 tratamentos. A massa de matéria seca e o crescimento radicular das plantas de cobertura da primavera foram determinados em 2006 e 2008. Foram coletadas amostras de solo nas camadas de 0-5 e 5-10 cm, após o manejo das plantas de cobertura de primavera, no primeiro e terceiro anos agrícolas. Foram determinados o diâmetro médio ponderado, o diâmetro médio geométrico, o índice de estabilidade de agregados, os agregados maiores que 2 mm, a matéria orgânica e os teores de carbono orgânico total nas amostras coletadas no terceiro ano. O milheto e 'Cober Crop' produziram maior quantidade de massa de matéria seca e maior crescimento radicular. A estruturação do solo melhorou com a rotação dos cultivos das plantas de cobertura antecedentes à safra de verão. O cultivo de 'Cober Crop' e milheto influenciou a formação de macroagregados nas camadas superficiais Abstract in english The objective of this work was to evaluate the influence of fall-winter and spring crops, cultivated under no-tillage system, on the aggregates and organic matter of a Rhodic Ferralsol. The experiment was performed in the 2006/2007, 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 growing seasons. Congo signal grass (Urochl [...] oa ruziziensis), grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and sorghum mixed with brachiaria were cropped in the fall-winter to consist the main plots. In the spring, millet (Pennisetum glaucum), 'Cober Crop' (Sorghum bicolor x Sorghum sudanense) and Indian hemp (Crotalaria juncea) were cultivated as subplots as well as a fallow treatment. Soybean was cropped in the summer, totaling 12 treatments. Cover crop dry matter and root growth were evaluated in 2006 and 2008. Soil samples were taken from 0-5 and 5-10 cm depths, after spring cover crops managing, in the first and third years. The mean weight diameter, geometric mean diameter, aggregate stability index, aggregates larger than 2 mm, organic matter and total organic carbon levels were evaluated in the samples of the third year. Millet and 'Cober Crop' showed higher dry matter production and root growth. The soil aggregation was improved by cover crop rotations before the summer growing season. The cultivation of 'Cober Crop' and millet influenced the macroaggregate formation in the superficial layers

Rodrigo Arroyo, Garcia; Ciro Antonio, Rosolem.

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Evaluation of Carabid Beetle Diversity in Different Bioenergy Cropping Systems  

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Full Text Available Normal 0 7.8 ? 0 2 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Changes in agricultural land use as a consequence of an increased demand of energy crops have resulted in an increase of maize cropped area in many regions of Germany. The focus on maize as main biogas substrate, has led in some cases to negative ecological and environmental impacts, such as a loss of agro biodiversity reflected in a loss of field flora and fauna biodiversity. The present paper deals with the evaluation of the fauna in different bioenergy cropping systems on two sites in South-West Germany, with a special focus on the species richness of carabid beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae assemblages as an indicator for the general status of diversity. A maize field, an agroforestry system with maize and different tree species as well as different alternative biogas crops (amaranth, sunflower was investigated for their carabid beetle activity, density, and species richness using pitfall traps. Moreover, for an adequate evaluation of the carabid assemblages different common diversity indices (Shannon-Wiener diversity (H’, Simpson diversity (D and Evenness (J’ were used. In the case of the maize field on both field edges 8 and 6 carabid beetle species, respectively were trapped, while in the field centre 2 carabid beetle species were trapped. The agroforestry system indicated slightly higher crabid beetle species richness close to the tree strips. The investigation of alternative biogas crops showed no significant differences in carabid beetle diversity. Overall, the results of the different studies showed, that biodiversity of bioenergy cropping systems could be enhanced by the creation of refuge areas for carabid beetles or other animals. Refuges could be either field margins with grass and hedgerows or strips of more extensively used perennial energy crops across the field.

Benjamin Mast

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Residual Influence of Early Season Crop Fertilization and Cropping System on Growth and Yield of Cassava  

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Problem statement: In assessing fertilizer effects to sustain an intensive cropping system, the residual effects of fertilizer applied to preceding maize on the growth and yield of cassava and the effects of intercropping with soybean were studied in field experiments at Ibadan, Nigeria. Approach: Maize, established in April was fertilized using either organic manure or inorganic fertilizer or a mixture of organic manure and inor...

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Effect of Tree Prunings on Soil Fertility and Crop Yield in Alley Cropping System  

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The study was conducted to find the impact of incorporation of green prunings from Samanea saman and Dalbergia sissoo in alley cropping system on soil fertility and subsequently yields of rice and wheat. Three treatments used were, 100 kg N ha -1 from 15N ammonium sulphate, 80 kg N ha -1 provided through prunings either from D. sissoo or S. saman plus 20 kg N ha -1 from 15N ammonium sulphate. Grain and straw yields of rice were increas...

Haque, M. A.; Ali, M. I.; Khan, M. K.

2001-01-01

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Management of vegetable crop residues for reducing nitrate leaching losses in intensive vegetable rotations  

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Crop residues of field vegetables are often characterized by large amounts of biomass with a high N-content. Despite low soil temperatures during autumn, high rates of N mineralization and nitrification still occur causing important N-losses through leaching1. Crop residues pose a possible threat to maintaining water quality objectives, while at the same time being a vital link in closing the nutrient and organic matter cycle of soils. Appropriate and sustainable management is needed to obtai...

Agneessens, Laura; Vandecasteele, Bart; Sande, Tomas; Crappe?, Sara; Goovaerts, Ellen; Elsen, Annemie; Neve, Stefaan

2012-01-01

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Crop-inspection system for radioactive cesium  

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Radioactivity contained in many agricultural crops from Fukushima prefecture, Japan, has been significantly decreasing since the reactor accident of March, 2011. The main cause for this decrease is ascribable to shorter life-time (about 2 years) of Cs 134 compared to Cs 137 (about 30 years). The second possible cause is the decontamination act and soil-mixing (stirring) effect resulting in dilution of the surface soils. Otherwise, the radioactivity still remains as exemplified for the case of bamboo shoot (300-600 Bq/kg). Here, accurate measurement becomes important and the present note comments on the case of the calibration problem so often encountered with the energy- and detector efficiency-calibration of the point- and volume-sources. (S. Ohno)

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Adiabatic plasma rotations in orthogonal coordinate systems  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in english An equation for MHD stationary equilibrium of rotating plasmas in the azimuthal direction is derived in the case of an orthogonal curvilinear coordinate system. The basic assumptions we made are: (i) there is an ignorable coordinate so that surface quantities are independent of it; (ii) the entropy [...] is a surface quantity.

Ricardo L., Viana.

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Weed control in short rotation coppice crops: a review of recently published literature and current guidance for farmers  

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This review with 41 references is based on a literature review and consultation with experts, and examines the importance of effective weed control. Herbicides currently approved for use in short rotation coppice plantations are listed. Current practices and recommendations to farmers on pre-planting, post-planting, post cut-back, post-harvest, and directed herbicide applications in the growing crop are outlined, and the results of recent research on chemical and mechanical weed control, mulches, and ground cover plants are addressed. Research need relating to weed competition, herbicide evaluation, vegetation management without chemicals, and quantification of post-harvest herbicide applications are identified.

Britt, C.

2000-07-01

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Financial Analysis of the Cultivation of Short Rotation Woody Crops for Bioenergy in Belgium: Barriers and Opportunities  

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This paper analyses the financial performance of a poplar short rotation woody crop (SRWC) plantation in Belgium, from a farmer's and an investor's viewpoint, based on simulations from the newly developed model POPFINUA. The establishment, production and harvest costs were investigated to calculate the net present value (NPV) and the equivalent annual value (EAV) of the SRWC cultivation when the biomass chips were sold at a price of 40 a,not sign Mg-1 with a moisture content (m.c.) ...

El Kasmioui, Ouafik; Ceulemans, Reinhart

2013-01-01

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A Comparative Analysis of Global Cropping Systems Models and Maps  

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Agricultural practices have dramatically altered the land cover of the Earth, but the spatial extent and intensity of these practices is often difficult to catalogue. Cropland accounts for nearly 15 million km2 of the Earth's land cover - amounting to 12% of the Earth's ice-free land surface - yet information on the distribution and performance of specific crops is often available only through national or sub-national statistics. While remote sensing products offer spatially disaggregated information, those currently available on a global scale are ill-suited for many applications due to the limited separation of crop types within the area classified as cropland. Recently, however, there have been multiple independent efforts to incorporate the detailed information available from statistical surveys with supplemental spatial information to produce a spatially explicit global dataset specific to individual cropss for the year 2000. While these datasets provide analysts and decision makers with improved information on global cropping systems, the final global cropping maps differ from one another substantially. This study aims to explore and quantify systematic similarities and differences between four major global cropping systems products: the monthly irrigated and rainfed crop areas around the year 2000 (MIRAC2000) dataset, the spatial production allocation model (SPAM), the global agro-ecological zone (GAEZ) dataset, and the dataset developed by Monfreda et al., 2008. The analysis explores not only the final cropping systems maps but also the interdependencies of each product, methodological differences and modeling assumptions, which will provide users with information vital for discerning between datasets in selecting a product appropriate for each intended application.

Anderson, W. B.; You, L.; Wood, S.; Wood-Sichra, U.; Wu, W.

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Estabilidade de agregados do solo após manejo com rotações de culturas e escarificação Soil aggregate stability after management with crop rotation and chiseling  

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Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho foi avaliar, em solo compactado, a estabilidade dos agregados influenciada pelo cultivo de espécies de cobertura em esquema de rotações de culturas, em sistema de semeadura direta, mediante o efeito da escarificação mecânica. As rotações de culturas repetidas por três anos consecutivos envolveram o cultivo de triticale e girassol, no outono-inverno, associados ao cultivo de milheto, de sorgo forrageiro e de Crotalária júncea como plantas de cobertura, antecedendo o da soja (cultura de verão. No tratamento envolvendo a escarificação mecânica, a área permaneceu em pousio entre os cultivos de outono-inverno e de verão. O experimento foi realizado na Fazenda Experimental Lageado (Botucatu-SP, nos anos agrícolas de 2003/2004, 2004/2005 e 2005/2006. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições, em esquema de parcelas subdivididas. As amostras para a análise da estabilidade de agregados foram coletadas nas profundidades de 0 a 0,05 m e de 0,05 a 0,10 m após o manejo das plantas de cobertura em dezembro de 2003 e de 2005. Logo no primeiro ano de instalação do experimento, o cultivo de triticale resultou em maior porcentagem de agregados com mais de 2 mm, maior DMG e maior DMP na camada de 0 a 5 cm, além de maior DMP na camada de 0,05 a 0,10 m. Já a escarificação do solo e a ausência do cultivo de plantas de cobertura proporcionaram menor porcentagem de agregados maiores que 2 mm e menor DMP na camada de 0,05 a 0,10 m. A estabilidade dos agregados foi influenciada pela rotação de culturas, sendo maior na camada de 0 a 0,05 m e de 0,05 a 0,10 m quando o triticale foi introduzido como espécie de outono-inverno.The objective of this study was to compare, in compacted soil condition, the aggregate stability after different crops rotations under no-tillage system and chiseling. The following crop rotations were repeated for three consecutive years under no-tillage: triticale (X Triticosecale Wittmack and sunflower (Helianthus annus as autumn-winter crops, together with pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum, forage sorghum (Sorghum bicolor and sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea in spring, preceeding soybean (summer crop. In the chiseling treatment the area was kept bare between the autumn-winter and the summer crops. The study was carried out in three growing seasons (2003/2004, 2004/2005 and 2005/2006, in Botucatu, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The experiment had a complete randomized block design with split-plot and four replications. The samples for aggregate stability analysis were collected in the layers 0-5 and 5-10 cm after cover crop desiccation, in the first and third year of the experiment. In the first year of the experiment, triticale resulted in a higher percentage of aggregates larger than 2 mm, higher Mean Geometric Diameter and Mean Weight Diameter (MWD of aggregates at the depth of 0-5 cm, and higher MWD at 5-10 cm. Chiseling and absence of cover crops reduced the percentage of aggregates larger than 2 mm and MWD values at 5-10 cm. Aggregate stability is influenced by crop rotation, and was highest in the layers 0-5 and 5-10 cm when triticale was used as autumn-winter species.

Juliano Carlos Calonego

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Estabilidade de agregados do solo após manejo com rotações de culturas e escarificação / Soil aggregate stability after management with crop rotation and chiseling  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese O objetivo desse trabalho foi avaliar, em solo compactado, a estabilidade dos agregados influenciada pelo cultivo de espécies de cobertura em esquema de rotações de culturas, em sistema de semeadura direta, mediante o efeito da escarificação mecânica. As rotações de culturas repetidas por três anos [...] consecutivos envolveram o cultivo de triticale e girassol, no outono-inverno, associados ao cultivo de milheto, de sorgo forrageiro e de Crotalária júncea como plantas de cobertura, antecedendo o da soja (cultura de verão). No tratamento envolvendo a escarificação mecânica, a área permaneceu em pousio entre os cultivos de outono-inverno e de verão. O experimento foi realizado na Fazenda Experimental Lageado (Botucatu-SP), nos anos agrícolas de 2003/2004, 2004/2005 e 2005/2006. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos ao acaso, com quatro repetições, em esquema de parcelas subdivididas. As amostras para a análise da estabilidade de agregados foram coletadas nas profundidades de 0 a 0,05 m e de 0,05 a 0,10 m após o manejo das plantas de cobertura em dezembro de 2003 e de 2005. Logo no primeiro ano de instalação do experimento, o cultivo de triticale resultou em maior porcentagem de agregados com mais de 2 mm, maior DMG e maior DMP na camada de 0 a 5 cm, além de maior DMP na camada de 0,05 a 0,10 m. Já a escarificação do solo e a ausência do cultivo de plantas de cobertura proporcionaram menor porcentagem de agregados maiores que 2 mm e menor DMP na camada de 0,05 a 0,10 m. A estabilidade dos agregados foi influenciada pela rotação de culturas, sendo maior na camada de 0 a 0,05 m e de 0,05 a 0,10 m quando o triticale foi introduzido como espécie de outono-inverno. Abstract in english The objective of this study was to compare, in compacted soil condition, the aggregate stability after different crops rotations under no-tillage system and chiseling. The following crop rotations were repeated for three consecutive years under no-tillage: triticale (X Triticosecale Wittmack) and su [...] nflower (Helianthus annus) as autumn-winter crops, together with pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), forage sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) in spring, preceeding soybean (summer crop). In the chiseling treatment the area was kept bare between the autumn-winter and the summer crops. The study was carried out in three growing seasons (2003/2004, 2004/2005 and 2005/2006), in Botucatu, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The experiment had a complete randomized block design with split-plot and four replications. The samples for aggregate stability analysis were collected in the layers 0-5 and 5-10 cm after cover crop desiccation, in the first and third year of the experiment. In the first year of the experiment, triticale resulted in a higher percentage of aggregates larger than 2 mm, higher Mean Geometric Diameter and Mean Weight Diameter (MWD) of aggregates at the depth of 0-5 cm, and higher MWD at 5-10 cm. Chiseling and absence of cover crops reduced the percentage of aggregates larger than 2 mm and MWD values at 5-10 cm. Aggregate stability is influenced by crop rotation, and was highest in the layers 0-5 and 5-10 cm when triticale was used as autumn-winter species.

Calonego, Juliano Carlos; Rosolem, Ciro Antonio.

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Efeito da rotação de culturas, da monocultura e da densidade de plantas na incidência de grãos ardidos em milho Effect of crop rotation, monoculture and plant density on the incidence of rot corn grains  

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Full Text Available Neste trabalho, avaliou-se o efeito de sistemas de rotação de culturas, de monocultura e de densidade de plantas na incidência de grãos ardidos em milho (Zea mays. A quantificação da incidência de grãos ardidos foi determinada pelo método de separação visual de grãos com sintomas de descoloração, causada pela infecção por fungos na lavoura. A maior incidência de grãos ardidos ocorreu em monocultura, com média de 10,02%, enquanto sob rotação de culturas esta foi de 4,81%. A incidência de grãos ardidos foi maior à medida que a densidade de plantas aumentou para os dois sistemas. Os principais fungos isolados dos grãos de milho nos sistemas de rotação e monocultura foram Cephalosporium spp., Diplodia spp., Fusarium graminearum, F. moniliforme e F. subglutinans.The effect of crop rotation, monoculture, and plant density on the incidence of injuried corn (Zea mays grains was evaluated in this work. Visual separation of grains showing symptoms of discoloration caused by fungi in the field was used to quantify the incidence. The highest incidence of injuried grains, an average of 10.02% was found in continuous cropping system, while in the crop rotation system the incidence average was 4.81%.The incidence of injuried grains was highest in both systems as plant density increased. The main fungi isolated from corn grains in crop rotation and monoculture were Cephalosporium spp., Diplodia spp., Fusarium graminearum, F. moniliforme and F. subglutinans.

SIMONE M. TRENTO

2002-11-01

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Long-term effects of cropping system on N2O emission potential  

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The potential for N2O emissions outside the main growing season may be influenced by long-term effects of cropping system. This was investigated by collecting intact soil cores (100 cm3, 0-4 cm depth) under winter wheat in three organic cropping systems and a conventional reference within a long-term crop rotation experiment. Average annual inputs of C in crop residues and manure ranged from 1.7 to 3.3 Mg ha-1. A simulated freeze-thaw cycle resulted in a flush of CO2 during the first 48 h, which could be mainly from microbial sources. Other samples were adjusted to approximately â??10, -30 or â??100 hPa and amended with excess 15NO3- prior to freezing and thawing. Denitrification was the main source of N2O during a 72-h incubation at 22 °C, as judged from N2O and total 15N evolution. Although the input of C in the conventionally managed cropping system was significantly less than in the organic cropping systems, it showed higher N2O evolution at all three matric potentials. Estimates of relative gas diffusivity (DP/D0) in soil from the four cropping systems indicated that C input affected soil aeration. Soil from the two cropping systems with highest C input showed N2O evolution at DP/D0 in excess of 0.02, which is normally considered a threshold for development of anaerobic sites in the soil, presumably because the oxygen demand was also high. The study shows that cropping system affects both soil gas diffusivity and C availability, and that both characteristics significantly influence the N2O emission potential.

Ambus, Per

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Implementation of dynamic crop growth processes into a land surface model: evaluation of energy, water and carbon fluxes under corn and soybean rotation  

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Full Text Available Worldwide expansion of agriculture is impacting Earth's climate by altering the carbon, water and energy fluxes, but climate in turn is impacting crop production. To study this two-way interaction and its impact on seasonal dynamics of carbon, water and energy fluxes, we implemented dynamic crop growth processes into a land surface model, the Integrated Science Assessment Model (ISAM. In particular, we implement crop specific phenology schemes, which account for light, water, and nutrient stresses while allocating the assimilated carbon to leaf, root, stem and grain pools; dynamic vegetation structure growth, which better simulate the LAI and canopy height; dynamic root distribution processes in the soil layers, which better simulate the root response of soil water uptake and transpiration; and litter fall due to fresh and old dead leaves to better represent the water and energy interception by both stem and brown leaves of the canopy during leaf senescence. Observational data for LAI, above and below ground biomass, and carbon, water and energy fluxes were compiled from two Ameri-Flux sites, Mead, NE and Bondville, IL, to calibrate and evaluate the model performance under corn (C4-soybean (C3 rotation system over the period 2001–2004. The calibrated model was able to capture the diurnal and seasonal patterns of carbon assimilation, water and energy fluxes under the corn-soybean rotation system at these two sites. Specifically, the calculated GPP, net radiation fluxes at the top of canopy and latent heat fluxes compared well with observations. The largest bias in model results is in sensible heat flux (H for corn and soybean at both sites. With dynamic carbon allocation and root distribution processes, model simulated GPP and latent heat flux (LH were in much better agreement with observation data than for the without dynamic case. Modeled latent heat improved by 12–27% during the growing season at both sites, leading to the improvement in modeled GPP by 13–61% compared to the without dynamic case.

Y. Song

2013-06-01

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Microbial soil quality indicators under different crop rotations and tillage management / Indicadores microbianos da qualidade do solo sob diferentes rotações de culturas e manejo do solo  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese Foi conduzido um experimento sob condições de campo para avaliar o efeito da forma de manejo do solo (Plantio direto - PD e plantio convencional - PC) e dos sistemas de rotação de culturas sobre o carbono da biomassa microbiana (Cmic), respiração basal do solo (RBS), quociente metabólico (qCO2), car [...] bono orgânico total (Corg) e relação carbono da biomassa microbiana: carbono orgânico total (Cmic/Corg). As amostras de solo foram coletadas em uma área cultivada com trigo como cultura de inverno e soja como cultura de verão, ambas em rotação com ervilhaca, milho e aveia preta. Amostras de solo também foram coletadas em uma floresta secundária usada com referência. Os dados de cada sistema de manejo do solo (PD e PC) foram comparados com a floresta secundária pelo teste "t" (p Abstract in english An experiment was carried out under field conditions to assess the effects of soil management (no-tillage- NT and conventional tillage- CT) and crop rotation systems on microbial biomass-C (Cmic), basal soil respiration (BSR), metabolic quotient (qCO2), soil organic carbon content (Corg) and microbi [...] al carbon to organic carbon ratio (Cmic/Corg). Soil samples were collected on an area cultivated with wheat as winter crop and soybean as summer crop, both in rotation with vetch, maize and oats. Samples were also collected in a secondary forest used as reference. Data of each management system (NT and CT) were compared to forest area by "t" test (p

Ferreira, Enderson Petrônio de Brito; Santos, Henrique Pereira dos; Costa, Janaina Ribeiro; De-Polli, Helvécio; Rumjanek, Norma Gouvêa.

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Effects of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant cropping systems on weed seedbanks in two years of following crops  

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The Farm Scale Evaluations (FSEs) showed that genetically modified herbicide-tolerant (GMHT) cropping systems could influence farmland biodiversity because of their effects on weed biomass and seed production. Recently published results for winter oilseed rape showed that a switch to GMHT crops significantly affected weed seedbanks for at least 2 years after the crops were sown, potentially causing longer-term effects on other taxa. Here, we seek evidence for similar medium-term effects on we...

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Fate of nitrogen from mineral fertilizer and liquid manure over a two-year crop rotation  

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Nitrogen-15-labelled fertilizer was used to gain a better understanding of fertilizer-N uptake by crops in the year of application, the immobilization of applied N in the soil, fertilizer N uptake by a subsequent crop, and fertilizer-N leaching to groundwater. Fertilizer-N-utilization values for winter wheat (planted in the first year) were 15 to 36%, and 27 to 63% of the applied N was immobilized in the soil. Losses of fertilizer N by leaching to groundwater were not significant. At harvest of the winter wheat, between 50% and 82% of applied fertilizer N was accounted for in total. Unaccounted-for N was probably lost by volatilization. Only a few kilograms of applied N were taken up by the succeeding cover crop and corn. (author)

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Password Based Rotational Multistory Car Parking System  

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Full Text Available Parking is a big issue in thickly populated areas and in larger cities due to heavy traffic. This intended application of rotational multistory parking system effectively minimizes this issue. It results in less space and more secure parking. ATMEL microcontroller is used as main processor while LCD and motors are as complimentary components for display and rotation The model is based on circular mechanism giving low cost, less space and optimum performance. Password locking system is used to verify the object and detects number of free spaces available in the parking lot. The world has become a global market and numbers of vehicles are also increased to an uncontrollable situation. Keeping this problem the intended model is designed. Password locking system embedded in the work has made the parking of vehicles very much secure.

Nayab Suhail Hamirani

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Consequences for weed management in crop rotations by introducing imidazolinone-tolerant oilseed rape varieties  

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OSR (Brassica napus L.) is one of the most important arable oil crops globally and is grown on an area of 31,680,945 ha as winter- and spring-sown varieties. The harvest is mainly used in human nutrition, animal feeding and as a renewable resource for the production of paints, varnishes and biodiesel. OSR can be considered a quite competitive crop but nonetheless weed control is carried out on the vast majority of the grown area. The most common treatments are done PRE-E or early POST-E, m...

Krato, Christoph

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Influence of crop rotation and meteorological conditons on biodiversity of weed communities in spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.  

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Full Text Available The paper presents the analysis of changes in weed biodiversity in spring barley cultivated in the years 1990-2004 in crop rotation with a 25% proportion of this cereal (potato - spring barley - sowing peas - winter triticale, when it was grown after potato, and in crop rotation with its 75% proportion (potato - spring barley - spring barley - spring barley, when it was grown once or twice after spring barley. In the experiment, no weed control was applied. Every year in the spring (at full emergence of the cereal and before the harvest, the composition of weed species and numbers of particular weed species were determined, and before the harvest also their biomass. On this basis, the constancy of species in particular years, Shannon-Wiener species diversity indices and diversity profiles according to Rényi were determined. Weed species richness increased linearly at all plots during the 15-year period. Chenopodium album was a constant and dominant species in terms of weed species density and biomass year after year. The quality of the plot had no clear influence on the diversity of weeds in barley. Weed density and biomass showed high year-to-year variability and a positive correlation with the amount of precipitation and a negative correlation with temperature during the period of the study. The significance of the correlation between the productivity of barley and weed diversity was not confirmed.

Marta K. Kostrzewska

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Development and application of a heuristic for flexible decisions about herbicide use in crop rotation field experiments  

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Full Text Available Weeds in agriculture are controlled indirectly by strategic management tools (crop rotation, fertilization, tillage. Herbicide use is a direct tactical management tool for weed control. However, strategic and tactical measures interact together regarding weed management and thereby influence weed infestations and herbicide use. This study investigated the impact of strategic and tactical decisions in combination. It describes the development of a heuristic, which can be applied for different weed situations. By considering weed densities and species specific loss factors flexible herbicide decisions are derived for specific weed infestations and a given herbicide intensity. The implementation of decisions based on the heuristic is shown as an example for winter wheat crops in a rotation experiment at the study sites Rostock and Göttingen (Germany. The intensity of herbicide use serves for contrasts with three degrees (high, medium and low representing three levels of target efficacy (100%, 85% and 60%. The introduced heuristic enables reproducible decisions for various weed infestations. First results show reduced herbicide use from high to the low level of herbicide intensity in terms of reduced numbers of active ingredients use.

Kunze, Thomas

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Crop rotation as a factor differentiating the intensity of the diseases of field pea (Pisum sativum L.  

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Full Text Available The research was conducted in the years 1998-2001. The aim of the research was to determine the health of the field pea cv. Kormoran grown in four various crop rotations and to determine the patogens causing the root-rot. On the pea plants the following diseases were found: root rot (complex of fungi, ascochyta blight (Ascochyta pisi, Phoma pinodella, Mycospaerella pinodes and fusarium foot rot (Fusarium spp.. All the diseases occurred in the highest intensity on the pea cultivated in three-field crop rotation without manure. The weather conditions affected the intensity of the diseases. From the roots of seedlings with the symptoms of root rot 44,7% of fungi with pathogenic potential in relation to pea were obtained. The most commonly isolated were Fusarium oxysporum (26,7% of all isolates, Rhizoctonia solani (10,7%, F.solani (3,3%, F.avenaceum (2,7% and F.equiseti (1,3%. From the infected root necks, 55,3% of potential pathogens of field pea were obtained. Among the isolates the most commonly found was F.oxysporum (31,1% of all isolates. Other fungi of the Fusarium genus constituted 15,4% of isolates, R.solani 7,0%, and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum 1,8%.

Tomasz P. Kurowski

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Soil water retention and s index after crop rotation and chiseling Retenção de água no solo e índice s influenciados por rotação de culturas e escarificação  

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Full Text Available Soil compaction can be minimized either mechanically or biologically, using plant species with vigorous root systems. An experiment was carried out with soybean (Glycine max in rotation with triticale (X Triticosecale and sunflower (Helianthus annuus in fall-winter associated with pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum, grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor or sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea in spring. Crop rotation under no-till was compared with mechanical chiseling. The experiment was carried out in Botucatu, São Paulo State, Brazil. Soil quality was estimated using the S index and soil water retention curves (in the layers of 0-0.05, 0.075-0.125, 0.15-0.20, 0.275-0.325, and 0.475-0.525 m deep. Crop rotation and chiseling improved soil quality, increasing the S index to over 0.035 to a depth of 20 cm in the soil profile. The improved soil quality, as shown by the S index, makes the use of mechanical chiseling unnecessary, since after 3 years the soil physical quality under no-tilled crop rotation and chiseling was similar.A compactação do solo pode ser corrigida mecanicamente ou usando espécies vegetais com sistema radicular vigoroso. Um experimento foi conduzido com soja (Glycine max em rotação com triticale (X Triticosecale e girassol (Helianthus annuus cultivados no outono/inverno, associados com milheto (Pennisetum glaucum, sorgo (Sorghum bicolor ou crotalária (Crotalaria juncea cultivados na primavera. Rotações sob semeadura direta foram comparadas com um tratamento com escarificação no início do experimento. A qualidade do solo foi estimada usando-se o índice S e as curvas de retenção de água do solo nas profundidades de 0-0,05, 0,075-0,15, 0,15-0,20, 0,275-0,325 e 0,475-0,525 m. As rotações de culturas e a escarificação melhoraram a qualidade do solo, aumentando o índice S acima de 0,035 até 0,20 m no perfil do solo. Entretanto, a melhoria na qualidade do solo, conforme determinada por meio do índice S, não justifica o uso de escarificação mecânica, uma vez que as parcelas sob rotação de culturas em semeadura direta mostraram qualidade física do solo semelhante após três anos.

Juliano Carlos Calonego

2011-12-01

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Soil water retention and s index after crop rotation and chiseling / Retenção de água no solo e índice s influenciados por rotação de culturas e escarificação  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in portuguese A compactação do solo pode ser corrigida mecanicamente ou usando espécies vegetais com sistema radicular vigoroso. Um experimento foi conduzido com soja (Glycine max) em rotação com triticale (X Triticosecale) e girassol (Helianthus annuus) cultivados no outono/inverno, associados com milheto (Penni [...] setum glaucum), sorgo (Sorghum bicolor) ou crotalária (Crotalaria juncea) cultivados na primavera. Rotações sob semeadura direta foram comparadas com um tratamento com escarificação no início do experimento. A qualidade do solo foi estimada usando-se o índice S e as curvas de retenção de água do solo nas profundidades de 0-0,05, 0,075-0,15, 0,15-0,20, 0,275-0,325 e 0,475-0,525 m. As rotações de culturas e a escarificação melhoraram a qualidade do solo, aumentando o índice S acima de 0,035 até 0,20 m no perfil do solo. Entretanto, a melhoria na qualidade do solo, conforme determinada por meio do índice S, não justifica o uso de escarificação mecânica, uma vez que as parcelas sob rotação de culturas em semeadura direta mostraram qualidade física do solo semelhante após três anos. Abstract in english Soil compaction can be minimized either mechanically or biologically, using plant species with vigorous root systems. An experiment was carried out with soybean (Glycine max) in rotation with triticale (X Triticosecale) and sunflower (Helianthus annuus) in fall-winter associated with pearl millet (P [...] ennisetum glaucum), grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) or sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea) in spring. Crop rotation under no-till was compared with mechanical chiseling. The experiment was carried out in Botucatu, São Paulo State, Brazil. Soil quality was estimated using the S index and soil water retention curves (in the layers of 0-0.05, 0.075-0.125, 0.15-0.20, 0.275-0.325, and 0.475-0.525 m deep). Crop rotation and chiseling improved soil quality, increasing the S index to over 0.035 to a depth of 20 cm in the soil profile. The improved soil quality, as shown by the S index, makes the use of mechanical chiseling unnecessary, since after 3 years the soil physical quality under no-tilled crop rotation and chiseling was similar.

Juliano Carlos, Calonego; Ciro Antonio, Rosolem.

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The impacts of land-use change from grassland to bioenergy Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) Willow on the crop and ecosystem greenhouse gas balance  

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The aim of this research is to better understand the greenhouse gas balance of land-use transition to bioenergy cropping systems in a UK context. Given limited land availability, addressing the food-energy-water nexus remains a challenge, and it is imperative that bioenergy crops are sited appropriately and that competition with food crops is minimized. Here we present the results of a years' worth of soil and GHG data for a conversion from ex-set aside grassland to short rotation coppice (SRC) willow for bioenergy on a commercial scale. Initial results indicate that willow was a net sink for CO2 in comparison to grassland which was a net source of CO2. This provides evidence that the GHG balance of transitions to SRC bioenergy crops will potentially result in increased soil carbon. The empirical findings from this study have been combined with modelled estimates for the site to both test and validate the ECOSSE model. Initial comparisons show that the model is able to accurately predict the respiration occurring at the field site, suggesting that it is a valuable approach for up-scaling from point sites such as this to wider geographical areas and for considering future climate scenarios. The modelling output will also provide a user-friendly tool for land owners which will determine the GHG and soil carbon effects of changing land to bioenergy for UK. This work is based on the Ecosystem Land Use Modelling & Soil Carbon GHG Flux Trial (ELUM) project, which was commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). This work was also jointly funded by the Carbo Biocrop Project.

Harris, Zoe M.; Alberti, Giorgio; Dondini, Marta; Smith, Pete; Taylor, Gail

2014-05-01

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Energy crops for biogas plants. Bavaria; Energiepflanzen fuer Biogasanlagen. Bayern  

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For agriculturists in Bavaria (Federal Republic of Germany), the brochure under consideration provides recommendations on alternative crop rotation systems. With the help of these alternative cultivation systems, crop rotation with high yields in combination with high diversity, diversification and sustainability can be realized. Subsequently to the presentation of energy crops for the production of biogas, recommendations for the design of crop rotation are given. Other chapters of this booklet deal with ensilage and gas yields as well as the economics of energy crop cultivation.

Aigner, A.; Biertuempel, A.; Conrad, M. (and others)

2012-08-15

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Present and potential weed infestation of spring cereals in different cropping system  

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Full Text Available This paper presents the results of investigations on the weed infestation and vertical distribution of weed seed bank in rendzina under spring cereals cultivation in crop rotations and monoculture. Used herbicides (MCPA and fenoxaprop-P-etylu decreased the number of weeds and species composition in comparison with harrowing. In the soil layer of 0-25 cm used in the monoculture there was found about 22,9% weed seeds more than in crop rotation. In the canopy of spring cereals the following weeds dominated: in crop rotation - Chenopodium album, Echinochloa crus-galli and Veronica persica; and in monoculture - Stellaria media, Galium aparine and Chenopodium album. In the soil layer of 0-25 cm used in crop rotation and monoculture the following weed seeds dominated : Amaranthus retroflexus, Chenopodium album and Stellaria media.

Andrzej Weso?owski

2001-06-01

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Perturbation theory approach to rotational tunneling systems  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in english Diagrammatic perturbation theory is used to consider the problem of the coupling of a molecular group libration to the lattice vibrations in solids exhibiting rotational tunneling detected by inelastic neutron scattering. The technique is applied to a molecular group of symmetry C3 in presence of th [...] e hindering potential of the solid. The spectral density for transitions between rotational tunneling states in the ground librational level is obtained as a function of temperature. Low temperature results are presented for di erent phonon spectrum parameters. They are used to check the assumption that this coupling is the origin of the peculiar behaviour of the line shifting and broadening as a function of temperature in the INS spectra of such systems.

Peixoto, Luciano T..

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The impact of the cropping system management on soil erosion and fertility in Northeastern Romania  

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The mass of total carbon from Cambic Chernozem in the Moldavian Plain has recorded significant increases at higher than N{sub 1}40 P{sub 1}00 rates, in organo-mineral fertilization and in 4-year crop rotation, which included melioration plants of perennial grasses and legumes. In maize continuous cropping and wheat-maize rotation, very significant values of the carbon content were found only in the organo-mineral fertilization, in 4-year crop rotations + reserve field cultivated with perennial legumes and under N{sub 1}40 P{sub 1}00 fertilization. In comparison with 4-year crop rotations, in wheat-maize rotation with melioration plants (annual and perennial legumes and perennial grasses), the mean carbon content from soil has diminished from 18.6 to 16.4 C, g.Kg{sup -}1 and the content in mobile phosphorus decreased from 51.6 to 36.8 P-Al, mg.kg{sup -}1. The 40 year use of 3 and 4-year crop rotations has determined the increase in total carbon mass and mobile phosphorus from soil by 10% (1.7 C g-kg{sup -}1) and 31%, respectively (11.8 P-Al mg.kg{sup -}1), against maize continuous cropping. (Author) 6 refs.

Jitareanu, G.; Ailincai, C.; Bucur, D.; Raus, L.; Filipov, F.; Cara, M.

2009-07-01

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The impact of the cropping system management on soil erosion and fertility in Northeastern Romania  

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The mass of total carbon from Cambic Chernozem in the Moldavian Plain has recorded significant increases at higher than N140 P100 rates, in organo-mineral fertilization and in 4-year crop rotation, which included melioration plants of perennial grasses and legumes. In maize continuous cropping and wheat-maize rotation, very significant values of the carbon content were found only in the organo-mineral fertilization, in 4-year crop rotations + reserve field cultivated with perennial legumes and under N140 P100 fertilization. In comparison with 4-year crop rotations, in wheat-maize rotation with melioration plants (annual and perennial legumes and perennial grasses), the mean carbon content from soil has diminished from 18.6 to 16.4 C, g.Kg-1 and the content in mobile phosphorus decreased from 51.6 to 36.8 P-Al, mg.kg-1. The 40 year use of 3 and 4-year crop rotations has determined the increase in total carbon mass and mobile phosphorus from soil by 10% (1.7 C g-kg-1) and 31%, respectively (11.8 P-Al mg.kg-1), against maize continuous cropping. (Author) 6 refs.

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Effects of Crop Rotation and Irrigation on Verticillium dahliae Microsclerotia in Soil and Wilt in Cauliflower.  

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ABSTRACT Experiments were conducted in field plots to evaluate the effects of broccoli residue on population dynamics of Verticillium dahliae in soil and on Verticillium wilt development on cauliflower under furrow and subsurface-drip irrigation and three irrigation regimes in 1994 and 1995. Treatments were a factorial combination of three main plots (broccoli crop grown, harvested, and residue incorporated in V.dahliae-infested plots; no broccoli crop or residue in infested plots; and fumigated control plots), two subplots (furrow and subsurface-drip irrigation), and three sub-subplots (deficit, moderate, and excessive irrigation regimes) arranged in a split-split-plot design with three replications. Soil samples collected at various times were assayed for V. dahliae propagules using the modified Anderson sampler technique. Incidence and severity of Verticillium wilt on cauliflower were assessed at 7- to 10-day intervals beginning a month after cauliflower transplanting and continuing until harvest. Number of propagules in all broccoli plots declined significantly (P subsurface-drip irrigation were not significant, but incidence and severity were significantly (P irrigation regime compared with the other two regimes. Abundance of microsclerotia of V. dahliae on cauliflower roots about 8 weeks after cauliflower harvest was significantly (P irrigation methods or regimes followed on the susceptible crops. PMID:18944816

Xiao, C L; Subbarao, K V; Schulbach, K F; Koike, S T

1998-10-01

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Soil/plant nutrition in lowland cropping systems  

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Farming system approaches have led to rapid changes in agricultural systems in Asia and the Pacific. They have increased food and other agricultural commodities as well as developing awareness of scarcity of natural resources, environmental degradation and dissemination of new agricultural technology. This paper reviews and summarizes recent research and technology on soil/plant nutrition with emphasis on nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulphur in rice-based lowland cropping systems in Asia and the Pacific region. It mainly focuses on the application of isotopes 15N, 32P and 35S in such studies, but some current research using conventional methods is also covered. A search of the literature shows that technology studies have mostly concentrated on identifying improved varieties for short duration rice, improving tillage practices, pest and weed management. Research in soil/plant nutrition in rice-based cropping systems particularly using isotopes, is limited. (author). 51 refs, 2 tabs

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Maize Yield Response in a Long-term Rotation and Intercropping Systems in the Guinea Savannah Zone of Northern Ghana  

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Full Text Available To sustain crop production, cowpea, groundnut, soybean, sorghum and cassava were compared for their potential in crop rotation or as an intercropping partner to maize over an eleven-year period in Northern Ghana. The trial in each year consisted of 12 treatments arranged in an RCBD with five replicates. There was a gradual decline in maize yield for groundnut-maize, soybean-maize and cassava-maize as compared to a rapid decline in the other rotation combinations over the years. The best combination was maize-groundnut rotation with grain yields above 3.0 t ha-1. Intercropping advantage for most combinations in the first two years was not sustained in later years, except for sorghum-maize and cassava-maize systems. Sorghum-maize combination was the best in terms of crop yield, based on Land Equivalent Ratio (LER. Cassava-maize and soybean-maize systems were the best in terms of energy value and protein yield respectively. Maize yields obtained were comparatively better in rotation than intercrops, underlining the superiority of rotation to intercropping in the long-term, consequently its potential to improve on household food security. The results so far indicate that good cropping system and proper agronomic practices can sustain maize production on the same piece of land for more than 10 years.

W.A. Agyare

2006-01-01

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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity and species dominance in a temperate soil with long-term conventional and low-input cropping systems.  

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The aim of this work was to study the effect of long-term contrasting cropping systems on the indigenous arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) spore populations in the soil of a field experiment located in western Finland. Conventional and low-input cropping systems were compared, each with two nutrient management regimes. The conventional cropping system with a non-leguminous 6-year crop rotation (barley-barley-rye-oat-potato-oat) was fertilized at either full (rotation A) or half (rotation B) the recommended rate. In the low-input cropping system, plant residues were returned to the plots either as such (rotation C) or composted (rotation D). In the rotation of this system, 1 year with barley was replaced by clover, and oat was cultivated mixed with pea. Thus, the 6-year rotation was barley-red clover-rye-oat + pea-potato-oat + pea. Each rotation was replicated three times, starting the 6-year rotation in three different years, these being designated point 1, point 2, and point 3, respectively. In the low-input system, biotite and rock phosphate were used to compensate for K and P in the harvested yield, while animal manure was applied at the start only. After 13 years, rotation points 1 and 3 were studied. Barley was the standing crop in all plots of rotation point 1, while oat and oat + pea were grown in rotations C and D, respectively. AMF spores were studied by direct extraction and by trapping, sampled on 15 June and 15 August. In addition, a special assay was designed for isolation of fast colonizing, dominating AMF. The cropping system did not significantly affect AMF spore densities, although the low-input cropping system with composted plant residues had the highest density with 44 spores on average and the conventional system with full fertilization 24 spores per 100 cm(3) soil in the autumn samples. Species richness was low in the experimental area. Five Glomus spp., one Acaulospora, and one Scutellospora were identified at the species level. In addition to these, three unidentified Glomus spp. were found. Species richness was not affected by cropping system, rotation point, or their interactions. The Shannon-Wiener index of AMF spore distributions was significantly higher in the fully fertilized than in the half-fertilized conventional plots. Glomus claroideum was the most commonly identified single species in the experimental area. It occurred in all the cropping systems and their various rotation points, representing about 30% of the total number of identified spores. In August, G. claroideum accounted for as much as 45-55% of the total numbers of spores identified in the conventional system with halved fertilization. In contrast, Glomus mosseae occurred more commonly in June (26%) than in August (9%). A bioassay using roots as inoculum for isolation and culture of dominating AMF was successfully developed and yielded only G. claroideum. This indicates a high probability of being able to more generally identify, isolate, and culture fast colonizing generalist AMF for use as inoculants in agriculture and horticulture. PMID:21085998

Vestberg, Mauritz; Kahiluoto, Helena; Wallius, Esa

2011-07-01

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ROMANIA’S IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND CROPPING TENDENCIES  

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Irrigation facilities play an important role in the development of agriculture inRomania. Over the years, there have been consistent investments in irrigation systems, which occupied 22% of the agricultural area in late 2011. However, the share of irrigated area was located below 10% in most years, after 1989. The main objective of this paper was to analyze the structure and evolution of areas farmed by the main crop groups in five irrigation systems. The main conclusion that emerged was t...

Marioara Rusu

2013-01-01

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Cultivation of energy crops with low-input factors short rotation forestry  

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This paper concentrates on the cultivation of wood solely for energy purposes in the form of Short Rotation Forestry including the possibility of cultivating with the use of less fertiliser, irrigation and pesticides. Short rotation forestry is a type of forest cultivation which depends on the fast juvenile growth of a few broad-leaved tree species and their ability to cut reproduction and formation of stump shoots. Through intensive cultivation, these characteristics are exploited with the aim of producing biomass which is used for production of energy. (author)

1994-05-01

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Control of the Soybean Cyst Nematode by Crop Rotation in Combination with a Nematicide  

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An experiment to evaluate the control of soybean cyst nematodes compared 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year nonhost rotations with continuous soybeans (Glycine max) in 0.2-ha plots. In a second 1-year rotation, the plots were planted to soybean or corn (Zea mays) after fumigation in the spring with a split application of 1,3-dichloropropene (748.2 liters/ha). The effects of the nematicide were apparent the first year. Soybean yield was 1,482 kg/ha compared to 233 kg/ha in the untreated plots. In the ...

Sasser, J. N.; Uzzell, Grover

1991-01-01

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Qualidade fisiológica de sementes de soja cultivada em rotação com milheto Seed quality of soybean cropped in rotation with pearl-millet  

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Full Text Available Para o sucesso do plantio direto há necessidade de que a cultura antecessora à principal seja boa produtora e mantenedora de cobertura vegetal. O milheto tem-se constituído em boa opção de cultivo no outono/inverno para rotação com soja, porém não há estudos avaliando o efeito do sistema na qualidade das sementes. O objetivo do trabalho foi estudar o efeito de três épocas de semeadura e cinco manejos com ceifas do milheto sobre a qualidade fisiológica de sementes de soja cultivada em sucessão, por plantio direto, na mesma área, por três ciclos de rotação (1999/2000; 2001/2002 e 2002/2003. As épocas de semeadura constituíram três experimentos (E1, E2 e E3, em delineamento experimental de blocos ao acaso com cinco tratamentos (M1 = ceifa a cada florescimento e retirada da massa vegetal; M2 = ceifa a cada florescimento e permanência da massa vegetal; M3 = ceifa no florescimento e retirada da massa vegetal; M4 = ceifa no florescimento e permanência da massa vegetal e M5 = sem ceifa até a produção de grãos, quando foi cortada a panícula, permanecendo o restante da massa vegetal, e quatro repetições. Os experimentos de milheto foram semeados em 1999: E1 = 05/03, E2 = 25/03 e E3 = 19/04; em 2001 = E1 = 17/04, E2 = 07/05 e E3 = 27/05, e em 2002: E1 = 25/04, E2 = 15/05 e E3. = 05/06. Em cada ciclo de rotação, a soja foi implantada nos três experimentos na mesma data após o manejo final do milheto com dessecação química; as colheitas foram realizadas na mesma data, também. As sementes de soja, cv. Embrapa-48, foram avaliadas quanto ao tamanho, massa de 100 sementes, teor de água, germinação e vigor. Sementes de soja com melhor qualidade fisiológica foram obtidas, nos três ciclos de sucessão, quando cultivada após a primeira época de semeadura do milheto, independentemente do manejo com ceifas do milheto, cujo efeito foi pouco evidente.A successful no-tillage system requires high mass production in the preceding to the main crop that and its crop residues remain in the soil. Pearl-millet was shown to be a good option as an autumn-winter crop before soybean, in rotation, but there are no studies of this system on soybean seed quality. The effects were investigated of three sowing times and five types of crop cut management of pearl-millet on seed quality of soybean cropped in sucession, in no-tillage system, for three crop rotation cycles (1999-2000, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. Each pearl-millet sowing time was a trial with five treatments (M1 = cut at each flowering and no residues; M2 = cut at each flowering with residues; M3 cut at flowering and no residues; M4 = cut at flowering with residues; M5 = not cut until mature panicle harvest, then with residues and four replications, arranged in randomized blocks. The pearl-millet trials were sown in 1999: E1 = 5 March, E2 = 25 March and E3 = 19 April; in 2001: E1 = 17 April, E2 = 7 May and E3 = 27 May; and in 2002: E1 = 25 April, E2 = 15 May and E3 = 05 June. The soybean was sown at the same time for the three trials in each crop rotation cycle, after chemical dessecation of the pearl-millet; the soybean was also harvested at the same time. The soybean seeds, cv. Embrapa-48, were evaluated by its size, weight of 100 seeds, water content, germination and vigor. Soybean seeds with better physiological quality were obtained when cropped in sucession on residues of the first pearl-millet sowing for three cycles of crops rotation, regardless of the pearl millet harvest management, whose effect was not clear.

João Nakagawa

2006-04-01

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Changes in grass-weed seedbanks in relation to crops and rotations  

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Forage, chikpea, medics, wheat, oilseed rape, and sunflower were cultivated during four years as part of ten different types of rotation which always included wheat. Grass-weed seedbanks were evaluated annually before seeding. The single most important reason for the control of grass-weed seedbanks or its failure seems to be the effectiveness of above-groud grass-weed control.

Belo, A. F.; Dias, L. S.

1998-01-01

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Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L. Short-Rotation Crops under Marginal Site Conditions  

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Full Text Available The improvement of the reliability of renewable resources and the decline in reserves offossile raw material in the coming decades will lead to increasing demands for wood material andconsequently to a greater role of short rotation forestry (SRF. Particular efforts have been made inEurope to substitute fossils with renewables, in this context the proportion of renewable energy shouldbe increased to 20% by 2020. SRF can be provide relatively high dendromass (biomass incrementrates if the short rotation tree plantations are grown under favourable site conditions and for anoptimum rotation length. However, in many countries only so-called marginal sites are available forsetting up tree plantations for energy purpose. For SRF under marginal site conditions black locust(Robinia pseudoacacia L. can be considered as one of the most promising tree species thanks to itsfavourable growing characteristics. According to a case study presented in the paper black locust canproduce a Mean Annual Increment (MAI of 2.9 to 9.7 oven-dry tons ha–1 yr–1 at ages between 3 and7 years using a stocking density of 6667 stems ha–1. On the base of the presented results and accordingto international literature the expected dendromass volume shows great variation, depending upon site,species, their cultivars, initial spacing and length of rotation cycle.

RÉDEI, Károly

2011-01-01

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Soil Carbon Changes in Transitional Grain Crop Production Systems in South Dakota  

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Corn-C (Zea Mays L.), soybean-S (Glycine max L.) and spring wheat-W (Triticum aestivum L.) crops were seeded as a component of either a C-S, S-W, or C-S-W crop rotation on silt-loam textured soils ranging from 3.0-5.0% organic matter. Conservation tillage(chisel plow-field cultivator) was applied to half of the plots. The other plots were direct seeded as a no-till (zero-tillage) treatment. Grain yield and surface crop residues were weighed from each treatment plot. Crop residue (stover and straw) was removed from half of the plots. After four years, soil samples were removed at various increments of depth and soil organic carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) was measured. The ranking of crop residue weights occurred by the order corn>>soybean>wheat. Surface residue accumulation was also greatest with residue treatments that were returned to the plots, those rotations in which maize was a component, and those without tillage. Mean soil organic carbon levels in the 0-7.5cm depth decreased from 3.41% to 3.19% (- 0.22%) with conventional tillage (chisel plow/field cultivator) as compared to a decrease from 3.19% to 3.05% (-0.14%) in plots without tillage over a four year period. Organic carbon in the 0-7.5cm depth decreased from 3.21% to 3.01% (- 0.20%) after residue removed as compared to a decrease from 3.39% to 3.23% (-0.17%) in plots without tillage applied after four years. The soil C:N ratio (0-7.5cm) decreased from 10.63 to 10.37 (-0.26 (unitless)) in the tilled plots over a four-year period. Soil C:N ratio at the 0-7.5cm depth decreased from 10.72 to 10.04 (-0.68) in the no-till plots over a four year period. Differences in the soil C:N ratio comparing residue removed and residue returned were similar (-0.51 vs. -0.43 respectively). These soils are highly buffered for organic carbon changes. Many cropping cycles are required to determine how soil carbon storage is significantly impacted by production systems.

Woodard, H. J.

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Long-term rice-based cropping system effects on near-surface soil compaction  

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Full Text Available Irrigated rice (Oryza sativa L. production is as-sociated with frequent cycling between anaero-bic and aerobic conditions, which can lead to a greater rate of soil organic matter (SOM de-composition, thus potentially increasing soil bulk density (BD over time. A study was con-ducted in the Mississippi River Delta region of eastern Arkansas, USA to evaluate the long-term effects of rice-based crop rotations, tillage [conventional tillage (CT and no-tillage (NT], soil fertility regime (optimal and sub-optimal, and soil depth (0-10 and 10-20 cm after 10 years of consistent management on near-surface soil compaction, as measured by BD. Soil BD was greater under NT than CT in the top 10 cm, but was similar between NT and CT in the 10- to 20-cm depth interval. Soil BD differed among common rice-based cropping systems with corn, soybean, and winter wheat, but few consistent trends were evident. It appears that, even after 10 years of continuous CT or NT rice production on a silt-loam soil, substantially increased near-surface soil BD has not occurred to the point where soil compaction would be a likely culprit responsible for a reduced early season stand establishment or crop yield differences among rice-based copping systems.

Kristofor R. Brye

2011-05-01

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Soil Erodibility Parameters Under Various Cropping Systems of Maize  

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For four years, runoff and soil loss from seven cropping systems of fodder maize have been measured on experimental plots under natural and simulated rainfall. Besides runoff and soil loss, several variables have also been measured, including rainfall kinetic energy, degree of slaking, surface roughness, aggregate stability, soil moisture content, crop cover, shear strength and topsoil porosity. These variables explain a large part of the variance in measured runoff, soil loss and splash erosion under the various cropping systems. The following conclusions were drawn from the erosion measurements on the experimental plots (these conclusions apply to the spatial level at which the measurements were carried out). (1) Soil tillage after maize harvest strongly reduced surface runoff and soil loss during the winter; sowing of winter rye further reduced winter erosion, though the difference with a merely tilled soil is small. (2) During spring and the growing season, soil loss is reduced strongly if the soil surface is partly covered by plant residues; the presence of plant residue on the surface appeared to be essential in achieving erosion reduction in summer. (3) Soil loss reductions were much higher than runoff reductions; significant runoff reduction is only achieved by the straw system having flat-lying, non-fixed plant residue on the soil surface; the other systems, though effective in reducing soil loss, were not effective in reducing runoff.

van Dijk, P. M.; van der Zijp, M.; Kwaad, F. J. P. M.

1996-08-01

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In vitro mutation system for crop improvement  

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Biotechnology based on plant tissue culture is complementary to conventional breeding technologies, not a substitute for them. Effective incorporation of new biotechnologies into plant breeding programmes is dependent on the plant species and the breeding objectives. Tissue culture techniques that ensure genetic stability (e.g. shoot tip and nodal cultures) are particularly useful for in vitro mutation induction and mutant plant regeneration. Direct organogenesis of adventitious buds and/or somatic embryogenesis on cultured explants offers a unique potential to dissolve chimerism and to produce homohistont mutants. In mutation breeding, non-heritable somaclonal variation should be avoided in order to minimize complications in the selection and genetic stability of mutants. Application of mutagens during in vitro culture requires certain modification, depending on the explant and the mutagen used. The advantages are large populations of individuals (propagula, cells and tissue) which can be treated before regeneration into intact plants. Experience with plant tissue culture shows several disadvantages in this system of mutation breeding. The main limitations are inadequate techniques for early screening and in vitro selection. Too little is known about the plant developmental processes and host-pathogen interaction to permit the breeder to design an effective means of selecting desirable mutants. (author). 25 refs, 9 figs

1990-06-18

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Prototype Geographic Information Systems Mapping of Crop Products Featured Local  

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Full Text Available Local featured program in Indonesia cannot be separated entirely from commodity strategic bases. Until in 2006, agricultural development formulation showed indicative targets for featured crops commodity production. The problem of food security is forming of farmer’s independence to protect local resources in efficiently and optimally, so these resources can be more utilized. It can be achieved by assist of information technologies and communication in forming of Geographic Information System (GIS to support consistency of food security in Indonesia. This research designs prototype geographic information system in order to conduct the accurate mapping and to know the local featured crops production in Indonesia. This level is conducted for documentation and mapping of agricultural products which is the local featured production. This documentation requires the usage of potential physical, economic, social and cultural environment by the utilization of information technology and communication, which have the ability of relevancy and accessibility of reliable information.

Teddy Oswari

2013-06-01

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On Rotating Reference Systems in Einsteins Theory of Gravitation.  

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Solutions to the equations of motion of a mass point, solving (in Einstein's linear approximation) for the gravitational field created by a rotating shell, in order to determine if the centrifugal and coriolis forces are relativistic in rotating systems o...

L. Pietronero

1971-01-01

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Nematode Numbers and Crop Yield in a Fenamiphos-Treated Sweet Corn-Sweet Potato-Vetch Cropping System  

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Nematode population densities and yield of sweet corn and sweet potato as affected by the nematicide fenamiphos, in a sweet corn-sweet potato-vetch cropping system, were determined in a 5-year test (1981-85). Sweet potato was the best host of Meloidogyne incognita of these three crops. Fenamiphos 15G (6.7 kg a.i./ha) incorporated broadcast in the top 15 cm of the soil layer before planting of each crop increased (P ? 0.05) yields of sweet corn in 1981 and 1982 and sweet potato number 1 grad...

Johnson, A. W.; Dowler, C. C.; Glaze, N. C.; Chalfant, R. B.; Golden, A. M.

1992-01-01

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Population Dynamics of Heterodera glycines in Conventional Tillage and No-Tillage Soybean/Corn Cropping Systems  

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The effects of no-tillage (NT), conventional tillage (CT), and crop rotation on soybean yield and population dynamics of Heterodera glycines were compared during a 7-year study in a silty clay loam soil with 6% organic matter. Either H. glycines-resistant 'Linford' soybean or susceptible 'Williams 82' soybean was rotated with corn and grown on 76-cm-wide rows in both tillage systems. Soybean was planted in 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Yield of Linford was significantly greater than Willi...

Noel, G. R.; Wax, L. M.

2003-01-01

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An Ultrasonic System for Weed Detection in Cereal Crops  

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Site-specific weed management requires sensing of the actual weed infestation levels in agricultural fields to adapt the management accordingly. However, sophisticated sensor systems are not yet in wider practical use, since they are not easily available for the farmers and their handling as well as the management practice requires additional efforts. A new sensor-based weed detection method is presented in this paper and its applicability to cereal crops is evaluated. An ultrasonic distance ...

Andu?jar, Dionisio; Weis, Martin; Gerhards, Roland

2012-01-01

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Cotton as a Rotation Crop for the Management of Meloidogyne arenaria and Sclerotium rolfsii in Peanut  

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The value of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum cv. Deltapine 90) in rotation with peanut (Arachis hypogaea cv. Florunner) for the management of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne arenaria) and southern blight (Sclerotium rolfsii) was studied for 6 years in a field at the Wiregrass Substation in southeast Alabama. Peanut yields following either 1 or 2 years of cotton (C-P and C-C-P, respectively) were higher than those of peanut monoculture without nematicide [P(-)]. At-plant application of aldicarb to ...

Rodri?guez-ka?bana, R.; Robertson, D. G.; Wells, L.; Weaver, C. F.; King, P. S.

1991-01-01

 
 
 
 
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Counter-Rotating Tandem Motor Drilling System  

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Gas Technology Institute (GTI), in partnership with Dennis Tool Company (DTC), has worked to develop an advanced drill bit system to be used with microhole drilling assemblies. One of the main objectives of this project was to utilize new and existing coiled tubing and slimhole drilling technologies to develop Microhole Technology (MHT) so as to make significant reductions in the cost of E&P down to 5000 feet in wellbores as small as 3.5 inches in diameter. This new technology was developed to work toward the DOE's goal of enabling domestic shallow oil and gas wells to be drilled inexpensively compared to wells drilled utilizing conventional drilling practices. Overall drilling costs can be lowered by drilling a well as quickly as possible. For this reason, a high drilling rate of penetration is always desired. In general, high drilling rates of penetration (ROP) can be achieved by increasing the weight on bit and increasing the rotary speed of the bit. As the weight on bit is increased, the cutting inserts penetrate deeper into the rock, resulting in a deeper depth of cut. As the depth of cut increases, the amount of torque required to turn the bit also increases. The Counter-Rotating Tandem Motor Drilling System (CRTMDS) was planned to achieve high rate of penetration (ROP) resulting in the reduction of the drilling cost. The system includes two counter-rotating cutter systems to reduce or eliminate the reactive torque the drillpipe or coiled tubing must resist. This would allow the application of maximum weight-on-bit and rotational velocities that a coiled tubing drilling unit is capable of delivering. Several variations of the CRTDMS were designed, manufactured and tested. The original tests failed leading to design modifications. Two versions of the modified system were tested and showed that the concept is both positive and practical; however, the tests showed that for the system to be robust and durable, borehole diameter should be substantially larger than that of slim holes. As a result, the research team decided to complete the project, document the tested designs and seek further support for the concept outside of the DOE.

Kent Perry

2009-04-30

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Hyperspectral remote sensing analysis of short rotation woody crops grown with controlled nutrient and irrigation treatments.  

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Abstract - Hyperspectral remote sensing research was conducted to document the biophysical and biochemical characteristics of controlled forest plots subjected to various nutrient and irrigation treatments. The experimental plots were located on the Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC. AISA hyperspectral imagery were analysed using three approaches, including: (1) normalized difference vegetation index based simple linear regression (NSLR), (2) partial least squares regression (PLSR) and (3) machine-learning regression trees (MLRT) to predict the biophysical and biochemical characteristics of the crops (leaf area index, stem biomass and five leaf nutrients concentrations). The calibration and cross-validation results were compared between the three techniques. The PLSR approach generally resulted in good predictive performance. The MLRT approach appeared to be a useful method to predict characteristics in a complex environment (i.e. many tree species and numerous fertilization and/or irrigation treatments) due to its powerful adaptability.

Im, Jungho; Jensen, John R.; Coleman, Mark; Nelson, Eric

2009-04-01

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Evaluación de la macrofauna del suelo en rotaciones cultivos-pasturas con laboreo convencional / Evaluation of soil macrofauna in crop-pasture rotations with conventional tillage  

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Full Text Available SciELO Mexico | Language: Spanish Abstract in spanish Los invertebrados que habitan el suelo son actores importantes en los procesos edáficos. La fauna edáfica comprende a organismos con tamaños y estrategias adaptativas diferentes. Los de mayor tamaño, constituyen la macrofauna (ancho del cuerpo mayor a 2 mm), que se destaca porque directa o indirecta [...] mente afectan las propiedades del suelo. Las comunidades presentes son la consecuencia de las prácticas de manejo de suelo que se realizan, por lo que tienen gran potencial de uso como indicadores. Este trabajo tuvo como objetivo evaluar el efecto de diferentes sistemas de rotación cultivos-pasturas sobre las comunidades de la macrofauna del suelo. Los tratamientos evaluados fueron: agricultura continua sin (S1) y con fertilización (S2), rotación agricultura 33% - pradera 66% (S4), rotación agricultura 50% - pradera 50% (S5), y rotación agricultura 66% - pradera 33% (S7). El número de individuos varió de acuerdo a la intensidad de los usos del suelo evaluados. Los tratamientos S1 y S4 tuvieron respectivamente, las menores y mayores densidades poblacionales de la mayoría de los taxones. El análisis de Co-Inercia entre las propiedades edáficas y la densidad fue significativo. El primer eje ordenó los usos del suelo de acuerdo a su intensidad. Los taxones Oligochaeta y Coleoptera adultos estuvieron asociados a S4, sistema con mayor cantidad de carbono orgánico y nitrógeno total. La evaluación de la macrofauna del suelo conjuntamente con las propiedades del mismo, es una herramienta útil para evaluar la sustentabilidad ambiental de los distintos usos del suelo. Abstract in english Soil-inhabiting invertebrates play an important role in soil processes. Soil fauna include organisms of diverse sizes and adaptive strategies. Macrofauna, large organisms with body width greater than 2 mm, influence soil properties, both directly and indirectly. Their communities are influenced by s [...] oil management and thus, have a great potential as bioindicators. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of different crop-pasture rotations on soil macrofauna. Treatments included continuous agriculture without (S1) and with (S2) fertilization, 33% crop - 66% pasture rotation (S4), 50% crop-pasture rotation (S5), and 66% crop - 33% pasture rotation (S7). The number of organisms collected varied with land use intensity; treatments S1 and S4 had the lowest and highest population densities for most taxa, respectively. The Co-Inertia analysis between soil properties and population density was significant. The first axis ordered land uses in relation to its intensity. Oligochaeta and Coleoptera adults were associated with S4, the system with highest organic carbon and total nitrogen contents. The evaluation of soil macrofauna together with soil properties is a useful tool to assess land use sustainability.

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Microbial soil quality indicators under different crop rotations and tillage management Indicadores microbianos da qualidade do solo sob diferentes rotações de culturas e manejo do solo  

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Full Text Available An experiment was carried out under field conditions to assess the effects of soil management (no-tillage- NT and conventional tillage- CT and crop rotation systems on microbial biomass-C (Cmic, basal soil respiration (BSR, metabolic quotient (qCO2, soil organic carbon content (Corg and microbial carbon to organic carbon ratio (Cmic/Corg. Soil samples were collected on an area cultivated with wheat as winter crop and soybean as summer crop, both in rotation with vetch, maize and oats. Samples were also collected in a secondary forest used as reference. Data of each management system (NT and CT were compared to forest area by "t" test (pFoi conduzido um experimento sob condições de campo para avaliar o efeito da forma de manejo do solo (Plantio direto - PD e plantio convencional - PC e dos sistemas de rotação de culturas sobre o carbono da biomassa microbiana (Cmic, respiração basal do solo (RBS, quociente metabólico (qCO2, carbono orgânico total (Corg e relação carbono da biomassa microbiana: carbono orgânico total (Cmic/Corg. As amostras de solo foram coletadas em uma área cultivada com trigo como cultura de inverno e soja como cultura de verão, ambas em rotação com ervilhaca, milho e aveia preta. Amostras de solo também foram coletadas em uma floresta secundária usada com referência. Os dados de cada sistema de manejo do solo (PD e PC foram comparados com a floresta secundária pelo teste "t" (p<0.05 e as rotações de culturas foram comparadas pelo teste de Tukey (p<0.05. Todos os dados foram submetidos a uma análise multivariada (Análise de Componentes Principais - ACP. Foram observadas diferenças significativas (teste "t"; p<0.05 para Cmic, RBS, qCO2 e Cmic/Corg entre PD e PC, em que estes valores foram semelhantes àqueles encontrados na floresta. Entre as rotações de culturas foram observadas diferenças significativas (teste de Tukey; p<0.05 apenas para RBS e qCO2. A análise de componentes principais mostrou que o PD aproximou-se mais da floresta do que o PC, especialmente nos tratamentos em que soja e ervilhaca faziam parte da rotação de culturas antes do trigo. A formação do agrupamento entre floresta e PD ocorreu principalmente devido ao Cmic e à relação Cmic/Corg. Os resultados indicam que o PD apresenta maior sustentabilidade que o PC, podendo contribuir para o acúmulo de uma grande quantidade de carbono no solo.

Enderson Petrônio de Brito Ferreira

2010-06-01

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THE INFLUENCE OF MINIMUM TILLAGE SYSTEMS UPON THE SOIL PROPERTIES, YIELD AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN SOME ARABLE CROPS  

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Full Text Available The paper presents the influence of the conventional ploughing tillage technology in comparison with the minimum tillage, upon the soil properties, weed control, yield and energy efficiency in the case of maize (Zea mays L., soyabean (Glycine hispida L. and winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L. in a three years crop rotation. For all cultures within the crop rotation, the weed encroachment is maximum for the disc harrow and rotary harrow soil tillage, followed by the chisel and paraplow. The weed encroachment is minimum for the conventional ploughing tillage technology. The results of investigations showed that the yield is a conclusion soil tillage systems influence on soil properties, plant density assurance and on weed control.

Teodor RUSU

2006-05-01

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PREVIOUS CROP AND NITROGEN FERTILIZATION ON CORN YIELD IN IRRIGATED NO TILLAGE SYSTEM  

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Full Text Available Nitrogen is a nutrient that contributes positevely to corn productivity and is important, when planted in crop rotation associated with espécies vegetais que sejam capazes de contribuir para adição desse nutriente ao solo, que poderá ser disponibilizado para a cultura sucessora. This research was carried out at Experimental Nucleus of Agrarian Science of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, in 1998/99 crop season, in Dourados – MS. Experimental design used was randomized blocks in split plots with three replications. In plots the effect of black oat (Avena strigosa Schieb and Raphanus sativus L., var. oleiferus a Metzg and in subplots nitrogen doses (0; 60; 90 and 120 kg ha-1 as covering was applied in C-855 triple hybrid corn in irrigated no tillage system were evaluated. Previous crop and nitrogen doses did not influence stem diameter, plant height, ear index, ear length and diameter. Independent of nitrogen doses, corn sew after Raphanus sativus showed the greatest grain yield.

LUIZ CARLOS FERREIRA DE SOUZA

2003-12-01

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Vibration diagnostic system for rotating machinery  

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A new system has been developed for early detecting and analyzing mechanical abnormalities occuring in motors and pumps in nuclear power plants. It is so designed as to detect and diagnose the abnormalities by monitoring and analyzing the vibration of rotating machines. Sham examinations were performed on vertical pumps and horizontal volute pumps. Abnormalities assumed to occur practically were intentionally given to the machines; the relation between the abnormality and failures and their specific features were investigated; the results were reflected upon the algorithm for abnormality diagnosis. With the system manufactured in trial, tests were made on a pump constructed for experiments, and reliability tests were made at an actual plant. A firm belief on its practicability has been established. (author)

1981-01-01

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Vibration diagnostic system for rotating machinery  

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A new system has been developed for early detecting and analyzing mechanical abnormalities occuring in motors and pumps in nuclear power plants. It is so designed as to detect and diagnose the abnormalities by monitoring and analyzing the vibration of rotating machines. Sham examinations were performed on vertical pumps and horizontal volute pumps. Abnormalities assumed to occur practically were intentionally given to the machines; the relation between the abnormality and failures and their specific features were investigated; the results were reflected upon the algorithm for abnormality diagnosis. With the system manufactured in trial, tests were made on a pump constructed for experiments, and reliability tests were made at an actual plant. A firm belief on its practicability has been established.

Watanabe, S.; Sueki, T. (Toshiba Corp., Kawasaki, Kanagawa (Japan))

1981-04-01

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Impact of shortened crop rotation of oilseed rape on soil and rhizosphere microbial diversity in relation to yield decline.  

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Oilseed rape (OSR) grown in monoculture shows a decline in yield relative to virgin OSR of up to 25%, but the mechanisms responsible are unknown. A long term field experiment of OSR grown in a range of rotations with wheat was used to determine whether shifts in fungal and bacterial populations of the rhizosphere and bulk soil were associated with the development of OSR yield decline. The communities of fungi and bacteria in the rhizosphere and bulk soil from the field experiment were profiled using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP) and sequencing of cloned internal transcribed spacer regions and 16S rRNA genes, respectively. OSR cropping frequency had no effect on rhizosphere bacterial communities. However, the rhizosphere fungal communities from continuously grown OSR were significantly different to those from other rotations. This was due primarily to an increase in abundance of two fungi which showed 100% and 95% DNA identity to the plant pathogens Olpidium brassicae and Pyrenochaeta lycopersici, respectively. Real-time PCR confirmed that there was significantly more of these fungi in the continuously grown OSR than the other rotations. These two fungi were isolated from the field and used to inoculate OSR and Brassica oleracea grown under controlled conditions in a glasshouse to determine their effect on yield. At high doses, Olpidium brassicae reduced top growth and root biomass in seedlings and reduced branching and subsequent pod and seed production. Pyrenochaeta sp. formed lesions on the roots of seedlings, and at high doses delayed flowering and had a negative impact on seed quantity and quality. PMID:23573215

Hilton, Sally; Bennett, Amanda J; Keane, Gary; Bending, Gary D; Chandler, David; Stobart, Ron; Mills, Peter

2013-01-01

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A model for an innovative crop protection system in the future illustrated for maize  

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To show how innovative techniques for monitoring and precision spraying can be used we have developed a generic model for crop protection system for future high tech cropping systems. We have illustrated how to work with it taking maize as a model crop

Zijlstra, C.

2010-01-01

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The Controlled Ecological Life Support System Antarctic Analog Project: Prototype Crop Production and Water Treatment System Performance  

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The Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP), is a joint endeavor between the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs (NSF-OPP) and the NASA. The fundamental objective is to develop, deploy, and operate a testbed of advanced life support technologies at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station that enable the objectives of both the NSF and NASA. The functions of food production, water purification, and waste treatment, recycle and reduction provided by CAAP will improve the quality of life for the South Pole inhabitants, reduce logistics dependence, enhance safety and minimize environmental impacts associated with human presence on the polar plateau. Because of the analogous technical, scientific, and mission features with Planetary missions such as a mission to Mars, CAAP provides NASA with a method for validating technologies and overall approaches to supporting humans. Prototype systems for sewage treatment, water recycle and crop production are being evaluated at Ames Research Center. The product water from sewage treatment using a Wiped-Film Rotating Disk is suitable for input to the crop production system. The crop production system has provided an enhanced level of performance compared with projected performance for plant-based life support: an approximate 50% increase in productivity per unit area, more than a 65% decrease in power for plant lighting, and more than a 75% decrease in the total power requirement to produce an equivalent mass of edible biomass.

Bubenheim, David L.; Flynn, Michael T.; Bates, Maynard; Schlick, Greg; Kliss, Mark (Technical Monitor)

1997-01-01

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Carbon sequestration in maize and grass dominant cropping systems in Flanders  

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Sources of soil organic matter (SOM) input to the soil in agro-ecosystems are typically crop residues. The question arises how removing crop residues from a field influences soil carbon sequestration. We investigated four long-term maize and grass dominant cropping systems each with a different residue management. Under silage maize (SM) all stover is removed from the field and only a stubble remains, whereas under grain maize (GM) only the grains are harvested and all stover is returned to the soil. Fields with a history of at least 15 consecutive years of either SM (with or without a second annual crop of Italian ryegrass) or GM, and fields under permanent grass were selected from a geodatabase that covers 15 years of crop rotation for all of the ca. 500,000 agricultural fields in Flanders. For each cropping system 10 fields were sampled (40 in total) following the area-frame randomized soil sampling (AFRSS) protocol (Stolbovoy et al., 2007). For 6 out of 10 fields only the topsoil was sampled (0-30 cm), whereas for the 4 other fields both topsoil and subsoil (30-60 cm and 60-90 cm) were sampled. The total soil organic carbon (SOC) and nitrogen content and the stable carbon isotope ratio (13C/12C) were determined for each soil sample. From each field 1 topsoil sample was fractionated by the Zimmermann fractionation procedure (Zimmermann et al., 2007) which distinguishes between 5 different SOC fractions (POM, DOC, silt and clay associated SOC, chemically resistant SOC, SOC associated with sand fraction). Besides analysis of the SOC and nitrogen content of each fraction, the origin of the carbon was determined through isotope-ratio mass spectrometry. Although there was no significant difference between SM and GM regarding the total SOC stock for the upper 30 cm (ca. 75 à 80 Mg C.ha-1), fields under continuous GM contained in the 0-30 cm layer 60% more maize-derived C4-SOC as compared to fields under continuous SM (ca. 14 and 9 Mg C.ha-1 respectively). Significant differences could also be demonstrated for the carbon fractions of soils with different cropping histories. Each fraction of a GM-topsoil contained significantly more C4-SOC as compared to a SM-topsoil (with or without a second annual crop) with the sizes of the fractions being equal. The more labile POM- en DOC-fractions accounted for the biggest part of the maize C4-SOC detected in the bulk sample, whereas the silt and clay associated SOC and chemically resistant SOC consisted mainly out of old grass C3-SOC. For the deeper soil layers no significant differences could be demonstrated between GM and SM, neither for the total SOC stock nor for the C4-SOC stock. Our results suggest that the soils with maize cropping systems in Flanders are near carbon saturation, such that crop residue management does not influence the total amount, but rather the quality of the carbon sequestered. Stolbovoy, V., Montanarella, L., Filippi, N., Jones, A., Gallego, J., and Grassi, G. (2007). Soil sampling protocol to certify the changes of organic carbon stock in mineral soil of the European Union. Version 2. EUR 21576 EN/2. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg. 56p. Zimmermann, M., Leifeld, J., Schmidt, M.W.I., Smith, P., and Fuhrer, J. (2007). Measured soil organic matter fractions can be related to pools in the RothC model. European Journal of Soil Science, 58: 658-667.

Van De Vreken, Philippe; Gobin, Anne; Merckx, Roel

2014-05-01

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Wing shape and size of the western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is related to sex and resistance to soybean-maize crop rotation.  

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The western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, is a major pest of maize in the United States and more recently, Europe. Understanding the dispersal dynamics of this species will provide crucial information for its management. This study used geometric morphometric analysis of hind wing venation based on 13 landmarks in 223 specimens from nine locations in Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri, to assess whether wing shape and size differed between rotated and continuously grown maize where crop rotation-resistant and susceptible individuals are found, respectively. Before assessing differences between rotation-resistant and susceptible individuals, sexual dimorphism was investigated. No significant difference in wing (centroid) size was found between males and females; however, females had significantly different shaped (more elongated) wings compared with males. Wing shape and (centroid) size were significantly larger among individuals from rotated maize where crop-rotation resistance was reported; however, cross-validation of these results revealed that collection site resistance status was an only better than average predictor of shape in males and females. This study provides preliminary evidence of wing shape and size differences in D. v. virgifera from rotated versus continuous maize. Further study is needed to confirm whether wing shape and size can be used to track the movement of rotation-resistant individuals and populations as a means to better inform management strategies. PMID:24020261

Mikac, K M; Douglas, J; Spencer, J L

2013-08-01

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Impacts of Organic Zero Tillage Systems on Crops, Weeds, and Soil Quality  

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Organic farming has been identified as promoting soil quality even though tillage is used for weed suppression. Adopting zero tillage and other conservation tillage practices can enhance s