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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Crop Residue Effects on Surface Radiation and Energy Balance - Review

item Horton, Robert - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
item Bristow, Keith - CSIRO, AUSTRALIA
item Kluitenberg, Gerard - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
item Sauer, Thomas

Submitted to: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Climatology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: March 28, 1995
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Crop residues alter the surface properties of soils. Albedo and emissivity are affected. A primary feature is the effect of residue on surface evaporation and water content. Water content influences soil physical properties and surface energy partitioning. Crop residue is to soil what clothing is to people. Compared to bare soil, crop residues can reduce extremes of heat and mass fluxes at the soil surface. Managing crop residues can result in more favorable agronomic soil conditions. This paper reviews research results of the quantity, quality, architecture, and surface distribution of crop residues on soil surface radiation and energy balances, soil water content, and soil temperature.

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