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Conservation tillage or residue conservation? An evaluation of residue management in Mexico

Author: Erenstein, O.
Year: 1997
ISSN: 1405-3748
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/535
Abstract: The key to conservation tillage is the use of crop residues as mulch. However, there is some confusion over the term conservation tillage, among other things, because too much emphasis has been placed on tillage. Since tillage is only one of many factors that affects residue availability in the tropics, residue conservation would seem a more appropriate term in those environments. In Mexico, the emphasis of conservation tillage campaigns has been on no burning and no soil inversion (no plowing). In fact, burning and soil inversion are imcompatible with retaining enough residue to form an effective mulch. However, it should be noted that all uses of crop residues have to be taken into account to practice effective residue conservation, i.e., not only burning or plowing, but also residue extraction, overall incorporation, and weathering, as well as the amount of residue produced. All alternative uses and total residue production should be factored in to the residue balance, which is specific to each locality.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
Serie: CIMMYT NRG Reprint Series
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Type: Book
Country focus: Mexico
Region: North America
Place of Publication: Mexico
Pages: 10 pages
Serie Number: 97-02 En
Country of Focus: Mexico
Agrovoc: CROP MANAGEMENT
Agrovoc: INNOVATION ADOPTION
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: METHODS
Agrovoc: ZEA MAYS
Agrovoc: CROP RESIDUES
Agrovoc: CONSERVATION TILLAGE
Agrovoc: CROP MANAGEMENT
Agrovoc: INNOVATION ADOPTION
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: METHODS
Agrovoc: ZEA MAYS
Agrovoc: CROP RESIDUES
Agrovoc: CONSERVATION TILLAGE


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    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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