Management to improve soil productivity and maximise lateral infiltration in permanent bed-furrow irrigation systems

Hamilton, Greg and Akbar, Ghani and Hassan, Iqbal and Raine, Steve and McHugh, Allen and Fisher, Peter and Bakker, Derk and Sheppard, Jessica (2014) Management to improve soil productivity and maximise lateral infiltration in permanent bed-furrow irrigation systems. In: National Soil Science Conference (NSS 2014): Securing Australia's Soils - for Profitable Industries and Healthy Landscapes, 23-27 Nov 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

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The practice of conservation agriculture has been accepted for some time as conventional wisdom for improving soil conditions and raising the soil organic carbon levels of cropping land. This has been complemented over the past 10 years by controlled traffic agriculture, which has further improved soil management practices by almost eliminating compaction as a form of soil degradation.
Not withstanding the improved soil conditions that result from the practice of controlled traffic conservation agriculture, soils minimally tilled by such practices are still subject to consolidation through wetting and drying cycles. In this paper we report on a technique that further improves on these conservative soil management practices. This technique loosens soil at depth without any inversion,
and we examine the consequences this has on the proliferation and distribution of roots, the contents and
distributions of soil organic carbon and total soil nitrogen, the productivity of cropping soils and the lateral
infiltration of irrigation water in permanent bed-furrow systems. Results are drawn from experimental sites in Western Australia, Queensland and Pakistan.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Soil Science Australia. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Presented poster.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2015 05:52
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 01:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: compaction; soil carbon
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils

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