Sustainable Agriculture

Overcoming compaction limitations on cabbage growth and yield in the transition to reduced tillage

  Vegetable producers are increasingly interested in adopting conservation tillage practices to maintain or enhance productivity and soil health, but reducing tillage may reduce yields in cool climates. Strategies to transition from full-width tillage to zone tillage systems for cabbage (...
M.J. Mochizuki
A. Rangarajan
R.R. Bellinder
T. Björkman
H. M. van Es

Sustainable Land Management in Tropical Tree-Crop Ecosystems

  Soil erosion is a major process of land degradation. Effective soil erosion management is therefore a vital part of the quest for sustainable agricultural production. In tree-crop ecosystems in the humid tropics, the processes of soil erosion operating under the tree canopy are associated...
Ghulam M. Hashim
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center

Soil and Nutrient Conservation Oriented Practices in the Philippines

The paper discusses several upland farming systems in the Philippines which are based on nutrient recycling and soil conservation. Some are traditional practices developed by farmers themselves, while others have been introduced in modern development programs. Their impact on soil and water loss...
Reynaldo A. Comia
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center

Crop Rotation

  Crop rotation is the predetermined sequence of crops that one grows on a certain field. An example is growing corn in Year 1, soybean in Year 2, wheat and alfalfa in Year 3, alfalfa in Years 4 and 5, and then back to corn. Typically, producers use cropping systems on their farms that include...
Kristine Moncada
Craig Sheaffer
University of Minnesota

Biopreparados para el manejo sostenible de plagas y enfermedades en la agricultura urbana y periurbana

  La Guía “Biopreparados para el manejo sostenible de plagas y enfermedades en la agricultura urbana y periurbana” se centra en el uso de una gran diversidad de bioestimulantes / enraizadores, biofungicidas, bioinsecticidas, biorepelentes / biofertilizantes elaborados con...
Raúl Terrile
Juan Izquierdo
Tania Santivañez

Saline Soils

  The Agrobrief 6 ‘Saline Soils’ deals with the causes and the prevention of saline soils. It describes the salt tolerance of different crops and gives strategies for controlling the salinity in irrigated lands. The Agrobrief is accompanied by a list of literature sources and...
Helena Posthumus

Lombrices de tierra como agentes mejoradores de las propiedades físicas del suelo en huertos frutales

  Para solucionar el problema que acarrea la compactación, se puede señalar las labores mecánicas y biológicas. La primera alternativa implica el subsolado del suelo, con el uso de maquinaria de alta potencia para la ruptura de las capas compactadas, proceso que...
Gabriel Selles Van S.
Raul Ferreyra E.
Rodrigo Ahumada B.
Monica Santelices S.
Jorge Garcia-Huidobro P. de A.
Rafael Ruiz S.
INIA Chile

The Impact of Intercropping Squash with Non-Crop Vegetation Borders on the Above-Ground Arthropod Community

  The influence of intercropping strips of non-crop vegetation on the above-ground arthropod community was assessed, including natural enemy populations and interference with pest colonization in an adjacent yellow squash crop (Cucurbita pepo L.). Four non-crop border treatments were evaluated...
Heidi N. HansPetersen
Robert McSorley
Oscar E. Liburd
Florida Entomologist

Soil Nutrient Management for Sustained Food Crop Production in Upland Farming Systems in the Tropics

  Most soils in the tropical region are highly weathered and infertile. A sustainable crop production system must adopt an ecological approach, using balanced nutrient inputs from inorganic, organic and biological sources. Achieving food security for a rapidly expanding population in the...
Lloyd R. Hossner
Anthony S.R. Juo
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center, Taiwan

Soil Management for the Conservation of Soil Nitrogen

It is impossible simply to quantify soil nitrogen fertility. Soil nitrogen fertility should be recognized as the integrated function of various processes in the nitrogen cycle in a soil-plant system, and of the environmental factors affecting them. Nitrogen mineralization is the most important...
Masanori Saito
Food & Fertilizer Technology Center