Submitted to: American Society of Agronomy Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2004
Publication Date: 11/4/2004
Citation: Huggins, D.R., Wandschneider, P., Pierce, F.J., Wu, J.Q., Stockle, C.O., McCool, D.K., Rossi, R.E., and Kemanian, A. 2004. Resource conservation and precision agriculture: an agroecologic synthesis of the erosive Palouse. Abstract. ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2004 Annual Meetings Abstracts (Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2004, Seattle, WA). Paper No. 5691. American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI. CDROM.
Technical Abstract: Defining site-specific relationships between profits and ecosystem services will advance the assessment of conservation practices and aid resource management decisions. Toward this end, we propose the concept of Precision Agroecology that recognizes the following premises: (1) agroecologic (socioeconomic and environmental) determinants are inherently variable, both spatially and temporally; (2) site-specific agroecologic information and technologies are required to optimize resource conservation decisions and practices; and (3) synthesis of agroecologic determinants will lead to definition, evaluation and application of scale-appropriate resource management units and practices. We apply concepts of Precision Agroecology to the dryland cropping systems of the Palouse to: (1) evaluate the site-specific impacts of resource conservation practices on agroecosystem services and profitability; and (2) synthesize scale-dependent agroecologic determinants to inform and improve resource conservation management.