Rainfed Farming Systems

  • Philip Tow
  • Ian Cooper
  • Ian Partridge
  • Colin Birch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Principles and Their Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philip Tow, Ian Cooper, Ian Partridge, Colin Birch, Larry Harrington
      Pages 3-43
    3. Larry Harrington, Phil Tow
      Pages 45-74
    4. Peter Hayman, Jason Crean, Canesio Predo
      Pages 75-100
    5. Garry J. O’Leary, Sue Walker, N. L. Joshi, Jeff W. White
      Pages 101-132
    6. Vadakattu V. S. R. Gupta, Albert D. Rovira, David K. Roget
      Pages 149-184
    7. Colin Birch, Ian Cooper
      Pages 185-214
    8. Colin Birch, Ian Cooper, Gurjeet Gill, Stephen Adkins, Madan Gupta
      Pages 215-232
    9. T. James Ridsdill-Smith, H. C. Sharma, Helen Spafford
      Pages 253-270
    10. Craig Pearson
      Pages 321-337
    11. Francis C. Hoyle, Jeff A. Baldock, Daniel V. Murphy
      Pages 339-361
  3. Rainfed Farming System Worldwide - Operation and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Mark Hardy, Luthando Dziba, Willem Kilian, John Tolmay
      Pages 395-432
    3. Anthony Whitbread, Neil MacLeod, Cam McDonald, Bruce Pengelly, Kingsley Ayisi, Jeffery Mkhari
      Pages 433-449

About this book


While agriculturists need a good grasp of the many separate aspects of agriculture, it is essential that they also understand the functioning of farming systems as a whole and how they can be best managed. This book takes such a combined approach. It analyses common rainfed farming systems around the world and discusses both their strengths and ways of improving their operation and management for long term productivity, profitability and sustainability. For such desirable outcomes, the components of a system must operate together efficiently, through an understanding of the effects of external influences and inputs and of relevant interactions and other relationships. Using relevant agricultural principles and the understanding of a wide range of rainfed farming systems, this book defines principles and practices important to the effective operation and management of such systems. This is done in the context of many challenges for agriculture: climatic variability and long term climatic change; degradation of most agricultural soils; spread of diseases, pests and weeds, rapid innovations in technology and the interaction of market and political forces at both local and global levels.


AgroMicro Dryland Farming systems Sustainability Water Availability

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Tow
    • 1
  • Ian Cooper
    • 2
  • Ian Partridge
    • 3
  • Colin Birch
    • 4
  1. 1.GawlerAustralia
  2. 2.BibaringaAustralia
  3. 3.ToowoombaAustralia
  4. 4.Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural ReseLeader, Vegetable CentreBurnieAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9132-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9131-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9132-2
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