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Explore new concepts for maximizing crop yields!Intensive Cropping: Efficient Use of Water, Nutrients, and Tillage is a compilation of current information on the interdependence of and synergies among water, nutrients, and energy in regard to increasing crop performance. This book explains the need for intensive cropping and explores the technologies and practices necessary for proper management of water, nutrients, and energy. With Intensive Cropping you will learn how to improve the quantity of the world's most important crops using methods that will minimize harm to the environment.This essential guide is a state-of-the-art account of the concepts and practices concerning the integrated use of water, nutrients, and energy in intensive cropping. Intensive Cropping combines basic and applied aspects of soil-water, nutrients, and energy management to help you optimize your crop yields and maximize the efficiency of intensively farmed regions. In Intensive Cropping, you will explore the need for extreme farming and related concerns and concepts, including:
reducing runoff, deep seepage, and evaporation losses
supplementing irrigation with surface and ground water
understanding the process of water uptake and its effects on root dynamics and water use
reducing leaching, erosion, and gasseus losses in your fields
using combinations of organic manures, crop residues, chemical fertilizers, and biofertilizers for soil maintenance
implementing conventional and emerging tillage systems, such as conservation tillage for improving soil quality
examining case studies of contrasting edaphic requirements of rice-wheat systems Intensive Cropping brings you up-to-date on recent advances in the field, supported by relevant experimental observations on environmentally safe and effective ways to increase crop performance. By examining this new research on increasing crop production, you will be able to successfully increase crop yields in various climates and support the growing global demand for such resources.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Intensive Cropping and Related Concerns
Intensive Cropping: A Necessity
Trends in Input Use
Limitations to Input Use
Input Use Vis-à-Vis Sustainability
Optimizing Crop Production
Chapter 2. Efficient Input Use--Terminology and Requisites
Efficient Input Use Versus Input Use Efficiency
Terms Relating to Input Use Efficiency
Requisites for Efficient Input Use
Chapter 3. Toward Efficient Water Use
Conservation of Water
Integrated Water Use
Optimal Allocation of Water Supplies
Enhancing Water Utilization by Crops
Enhancing Water Use Efficiency
Chapter 4. Toward Efficient Nutrient Use
Pathways and Control of Nutrient Losses
Integrated Nutrient Use
Optimal Allocation of Nutrients
Enhancing Nutrient Utilization by Crops
Interactions with Other Inputs
Chapter 5. Toward Efficient Use of Energy in Tillage
Conventional and Emerging Tillage Systems
Edaphic Needs of Plants: A Basis for Tillage
Tillage Effects on Edaphic Environment
Tillage and Crop Yields
Energy Use in Relation to Tillage
Optimizing Tillage VIs-à-Vis Soil, Crop, and Climatic Factors
Puddling: A Special Tillage Operation
Tillage Management for Crops Following Rice
Chapter 6. Toward Sustainability of High-Production Systems
Sustainability Vis-à-Vis Production Level
Conservation and Enhancement of Soil Quality
Impacts on Hydro-Ecology
Chapter 7. Modeling for Efficient Input Use
Systems Research - A Holistic Concept
Modeling of Component Processes in Soil-Plant System
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