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Cropping Systems
Trends and Advances

ISBN 9781560221074
Published February 13, 2004 by CRC Press
726 Pages

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Book Description

Learn the fundamentals as well as in-depth details of agricultural cropping systems from around the globe!

Cropping Systems: Trends and Advances is a comprehensive review of past and present research efforts in North America and other parts of the world. It brings together biological, economic, sociological, and technical aspects of cropping systems in a single source to provide a reference unlike any other on the subject that is available today. This valuable book also points to future directions that cropping systems research needs to take in order to increase sustainable agriculture and feed the growing world population. Charts, tables, and illustrations make the information easy to access and understand.

An ideal textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses in agronomy as well as a comprehensive reference for professionals involved in cropping systems research, Cropping Systems: Trends and Advances is a book you’ll refer to again and again. Topics covered in this well-referenced and thoughtfully indexed book include:

  • emerging trends in cropping systems research
  • designing resource-efficient cropping systems
  • soil quality and fertility
  • tillage
  • root dynamics
  • water quality concerns
  • nitrogen use efficiency
  • precision agriculture
  • agricultural biotechnology
  • weed biology and management
  • integrated pest management
  • the important role that cover crops can play
  • key indicators for assessing nitrogen use efficiency in cereal-based agroecosystems
  • the implications of elevated carbon dioxide-induced changes in agroecosystem productivity
  • and a great deal more!

Table of Contents

  • Emerging Trends in Cropping Systems Research
  • Advances in the Design of Resource-Efficient Cropping Systems
  • Cropping Systems and Soil Quality
  • The Role of Cover Crops in North American Cropping Systems
  • Advances in Tillage Research in North American Cropping Systems
  • The Importance of Root Dynamics in Cropping Systems Research
  • Key Indicators for Assessing Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Cereal-Based Agroecosystems
  • Forage Legumes for Sustainable Cropping Systems
  • Implications of Elevated CO2-Induced Changes in Agroecosystem Productivity
  • Weed Biology, Cropping Systems, and Weed Management
  • Cropping Systems and Integrated Pest Management: Examples from Selected Crops
  • Conceptual Model for Sustainable Cropping Systems in the Southeast: Cotton System
  • Cropping Systems and Water Quality Concerns
  • The Role of Precision Agriculture in Cropping Systems
  • Trends in Decision Support Systems for Cropping Systems Analysis: Examples from Nebraska
  • A Framework for Economic Analysis of Cropping Systems: Profitability, Risk Management, and Resource Allocation
  • Conceptual Framework for Evaluating Sustainable Agriculture
  • From Chemical Ecology to Agronomy: Cropping Systems in the Humid Northeast
  • Current and Potential Role of Transgenic Crops in U.S. Agriculture
  • Problems and Perspectives of Yam-Based Cropping Systems in Africa
  • Crop Technology Introduction in Semiarid West Africa: Performance and Future Strategy
  • Brazilian Agriculture: The Transition to Sustainability
  • Cropping Systems in Eastern Europe: Past, Present, and Future
  • Socioeconomic and Agricultural Factors Associated with Mixed Cropping Systems in Small Farms of Southwestern Guatemala
  • The Future of Cereal Yields and Prices: Implications for Research and Policy
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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