Submitted to: Soil Conservation Needs for the World Symposium Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/3/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Surface crop residue management is a complex area because of the variation in the residue throughout the year and among crops. The response of crop residue to tillage equipment is difficult to understand. The primary benefit of residue is the reduction in erosion and technology for effective residue management must be transferred to developing countries to help protect fragile soils. Nutrient management is important in residue management, and the increase of the organic matter content in the surface layer increases the nutrient availability. Surface residue management increases the economic advantage over conventional systems through yield increases and reductions in machinery, labor, and fuel costs. There has been an increase in the acceptance of surface crop residue management through various education and farmer exchange programs. The educational efforts will continue to increase the understanding of the limitations and adoption of surface residue management strategies.