No-tillage Seeding in Conservation Agriculture

No-tillage Seeding in Conservation Agriculture

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The 'what' and 'why' of no-tillage farming. The benefits of no-tillage. The nature of risk in no-tillage. Seeding openers and slot shape. The role of slot cover. Drilling into dry soils. Drilling into wet soils. Seed depth, placement and metering. Fertilizer placement. Residue handling. Comparing surface disturbance and low-disturbance disc openers. No-tillage for forage production. No-tillage drill and planter design: large-scale machines. No-tillage drill and planter design: small-scale machines. Managing a no-tillage seeding system. Controlled-traffic farming as a complementary practice to no-tillage. Reduced environmental emissions and carbon sequestration. Some economic comparisons. Procedures for development and technology transfer.Soil organic matter is particularly dynamic, with inputs of plant materials and losses by decomposition. ... Chemical developments in recent decades have made great strides in their effectiveness, environmental friendliness and economic feasibility. Supplemental techniques of mowing, rolling and crushing without soil disturbance are showing significant promise to ... health and pest problems are not likely to be avoided but may well shift to new varieties and species with the change inanbsp;...

Title:No-tillage Seeding in Conservation Agriculture
Author:C. John Baker, Keith E. Saxton
Publisher:CABI - 2007


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