Soil Heterogeneity and Crop Growth

  • Viacheslav I. Adamchuk
  • Richard B. Ferguson
  • Gary W. Hergert


Producers around the world are considering the use of precision agriculture technologies. One of the key factors encouraging this development is the spatially varying performance of agricultural crops. In many instances, yield variability can be associated with differences in soil attributes across agricultural fields. Understanding and managing spatial variability in soils has become one of the main strategies to optimize crop production, based on local needs for fertilizer , lime, water and/or other crop production inputs. This chapter presents some basic concepts related to the formation of soil heterogeneity and discusses several ways agriculturists can account for spatial variability in soils through differentiated cultural practices and management.


Soil Organic Carbon Precision Agriculture Soil Series Soil Heterogeneity Precision Agriculture Technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viacheslav I. Adamchuk
    • 1
  • Richard B. Ferguson
    • 2
  • Gary W. Hergert
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological Systems EngineeringUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agronomy and HorticultureUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  3. 3.Panhandle Research and Extension CenterUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnScottsbluffUSA

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