Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/1/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The winter wheat/summer fallow rotation of the Inland Pacific Northwest, developed towards the turn of the century, has increased and stabilized winter wheat yield through increased crop water and nitrate supply, and control of disease, weeds and pests. However, this system has halved soil organic matter levels, encouraged unacceptably high rates of soil erosion, and seriously degraded many watersheds, some of which provide crucial wildlife habitat. This has at times placed the diminishing farming population at odds with environmentalists, who have increasing financial and political resources. Today, new paradigms of cooperation are being fostered between these groups in an effort to find more sustainable and less environmentally harmful cropping systems.