Managing Crop Residues to Optimize Crop/Livestock Production Systems for Dryland Agriculture

  • R. I. Papendick
  • J. F. Parr
  • R. E. Meyer
Part of the Advances in Soil Science book series (SOIL, volume 13)


An important conclusion of the recent International Conference on Dryland Farming was that dryland agriculture must play an increasingly important role in meeting future world needs for food and fiber (International Conference on Dryland Farming, Executive Summary, 1989). Improvements in crop and livestock production in the dryland regions is constrained not only by the limited supply of available water but also by the low and declining soil productivity. As a result of improper soil management and overgrazing, the soils in many areas have been severely degraded by wind and water erosion and loss of soil organic matter. Water conservation must be regarded as the essential first step in improving the production capability of these lands whether the soils have been degraded or not. Little can be gained from various technological inputs such as fertilizers, improved crop varieties, pesticides, and better sowing methods unless the available water supply is maximized for crop production.


Crop Residue Water Conservation Wheat Yield Conventional Tillage Conservation Tillage 
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  • R. I. Papendick
  • J. F. Parr
  • R. E. Meyer

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