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Principles of Agronomy for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Francisco J. Villalobos
  • Elias Fereres

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Elias Fereres, Francisco J. Villalobos
    Pages 1-12
  3. The Crop Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Antonio Delgado, José A. Gómez
      Pages 15-26
    3. Francisco J. Villalobos, José Paulo De Melo-Abreu, Luciano Mateos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 27-41
    4. Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres, Luca Testi
      Pages 43-53
    5. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos, Luca Testi, Elias Fereres
      Pages 55-67
    6. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luca Testi, Luciano Mateos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 69-77
    7. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luca Testi, Luciano Mateos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 79-90
    8. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos, Francisco Orgaz, Elias Fereres
      Pages 91-105
    9. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luca Testi, Elias Fereres
      Pages 107-118
    10. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luca Testi, Elias Fereres
      Pages 119-137
  4. Crop Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Victor O. Sadras, Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 141-158
    3. Francisco J. Villalobos, Victor O. Sadras, Elias Fereres
      Pages 159-168
    4. Victor O. Sadras, Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 169-188
    5. Victor O. Sadras, Francisco J. Villalobos, Francisco Orgaz, Elias Fereres
      Pages 189-204
    6. Victor O. Sadras, Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 205-213
  5. Crop Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Francisco J. Villalobos, Francisco Orgaz, Elias Fereres
      Pages 217-227
    3. José A. Gómez, Francisco Orgaz, Helena Gómez-Macpherson, Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 229-239
    4. Helena Gómez-Macpherson, José A. Gómez, Francisco Orgaz, Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 241-254
    5. Luciano Mateos
      Pages 255-267
    6. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 269-279
    7. Elias Fereres, Francisco J. Villalobos
      Pages 281-294
    8. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos, Miguel Quemada, Antonio Delgado, Elias Fereres
      Pages 295-320
    9. Antonio Delgado, Miguel Quemada, Francisco J. Villalobos
      Pages 321-339
    10. Miguel Quemada, Antonio Delgado, Luciano Mateos, Francisco J. Villalobos
      Pages 341-368
    11. Miguel Quemada, Antonio Delgado, Luciano Mateos, Francisco J. Villalobos
      Pages 369-380
    12. Antonio Delgado, Miguel Quemada, Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos
      Pages 381-405
    13. Francisco J. Villalobos, Miguel Quemada, Antonio Delgado
      Pages 407-424
    14. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luca Testi, Luciano Mateos
      Pages 425-441
    15. José Paulo De Melo-Abreu, Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos
      Pages 443-457
    16. Francisco J. Villalobos, Luciano Mateos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 459-469
    17. Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 471-485
    18. Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 487-501
    19. Pablo J. Zarco-Tejada, Luciano Mateos, Elias Fereres, Francisco J. Villalobos
      Pages 503-514
    20. Helena Gómez-Macpherson, Francisco J. Villalobos, Elias Fereres
      Pages 515-525
    21. Elias Fereres, Francisco J. Villalobos
      Pages 527-542
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 543-555

About this book

Introduction

This textbook explains the various aspects of sustainable agricultures to undergraduate and graduate students. The book first quantifies the components of the crop energy balance, i.e. the partitioning of net radiation, and their effect on the thermal environment of the canopy. The soil water balance and the quantification of its main component (evapotranspiration) are studied to determine the availability of water to rain fed crops and to calculate crop water requirements. Then it sets the limitations of crop production in relation to crop phenology, radiation interception and resource availability (e.g. nutrients). With that in mind the different agricultural techniques (sowing, tillage, irrigation, fertilization, harvest, application of pesticides, etc.) are analyzed with special emphasis in quantifying the inputs (sowing rates, fertilizer amounts, irrigation schedules, tillage plans) required for a given target yield under specific environmental conditions (soil & climate). For all techniques strategies are provided for improving the ratio productivity/resource use while ensuring sustainability. The book comes with online practical focusing on the key aspects of management in a crop rotation (collecting weather data, calculating productivity, sowing rates, irrigation programs, fertilizers rates etc).

Keywords

Sustainable Agriculture Crop Management Irrigation schedules Fertilizers schedules Soil and water conservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Francisco J. Villalobos
    • 1
  • Elias Fereres
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (CSIC) & Universidad de Cordoba, SpainCordobaSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (CSIC) & Universidad de Cordoba, SpainCordobaSpain

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