Conservation agriculture: Concept, brief history and impacts on agricultural systems

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Conservation agriculture (CA) is characterized by minimal soil disturbance,
diversified crop rotations, and surface crop residue retention to reduce soil
and environmental degradation while sustaining crop production. CA involves
changing many conventional farming practices as well as the mindset of farmers
to overcome the conventional use of tillage operations. Although adoption of CA is increasing globally, in some regions it is either slow or nonexistent. The adoption of CA has both agricultural and environmental benefits but there is a lack of information on the effects and interactions of key CA components which affect yield and hinder its adoption. In this chapter, we discuss the basic concepts and brief history of CA, and its impacts on agricultural systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConservation Agriculture
EditorsM. Farooq, K.H.M Siddique
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319116198
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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