Sustainable Agriculture and the International Rice-Wheat System

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Rattan Lal, Peter R. Hobbs, Norman Uphoff
CRC Press, May 24, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 450 pages
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Addressing a topic of major importance to the maintenance of world food supplies, this reference identifies knowledge gaps, defines priorities, and formulates recommendations for the improvement of the rice-wheat farming system. The book reveals new systems of rice intensification and management and illustrates the application of no-till and conservation farming to the rice-wheat system. With contributions from 65 international experts, and case studies from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, Sustainable Agriculture and the International Rice-Wheat System focuses on seeding equipment and residue management, weed control, water and nutrient efficiency, and integrated pest management.

  

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Contents

Food Security and Natural Resources
1
Soil and Water Resources of South Asia in an Uncertain
19
Food Security and Environmental Sustainability
37
Challenges and Opportunities of NoTill Farming
55
RiceWheat Systems of the IndoGangetic Plains in South
101
Applications of NoTill Farming in the RiceWheat System
130
NoTill Option for the RiceWheat Cropping System in
147
Principles and Practices of Tillage Systems for RiceWheat
167
Impact of NoTill Farming in the United States
283
Potential of Tillage Agropastoral and Planted Fallow Systems
311
The Raised Bed System of Cultivation for Irrigated Production
337
Control of Rice Water Weevil in a Stale or Tilled Seedbed
357
Impact of Conservation Tillage in a Temperate Environment
377
Soil and Water Sustainability Issues Related to Australian
403
The Challenge of Diversity
421
Innovation Degradation and Conservation in South Asias
447

An Experience from Nepal
209
Impact of NoTillage Farming on Wheat Production
219
Impact of NoTill Farming on the RiceWheat System
229
Adaptation of NoTill Farming
241
Mechanization Challenges in NoTill RiceWheat System
255
Toward Promoting Conservation Agriculture for
465
The Role of South Asian Conservation Agriculture Network
479
Conclusions
492
Index
513
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School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus.

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