Crop production and protection

Paraquat changed the face of farmingParaquat has been an essential tool for farmers in protecting sustainable cropping

Description

Management and conservation of the natural resource base and the use of technological and organizational change in a manner that ensures continued agricultural production from the land for present and future generations. Such practices conserve land, water, and plant and animal genetic resources. They are environmentally non-degrading, technically appropriate, economically viable, and socially acceptable. Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Therefore, stewardship of both natural and human resources is of prime importance.

Authoritative On-line References and Resources

www.nal.usda.gov Information from the USDA's Alternative Agricultural Systems Information Center.
systems for more than 50 years. Its unique properties have enabled the development of vital new crop production techniques, especially no-till

Description

Also known as conservation tillage or zero tillage is a way of growing crops from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage ie cultivating the soil usually with tractor-drawn implements.

Authoritative On-line References and Resources

No-till.com:  A portal for on-line information about no-till farming.
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This section includes in-depth features that cover topics including:
  • Paraquat's role in sustainable agriculture
  • All about weeds and weed control
  • Important crops and their production systems