Cover Crops: Cultivation, Management and Benefits


Jonah Reuter (Editor)

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003060

This book on cover crops begins with a review of management practices on cover crops, their benefits, constrains associated with their use and possible solutions as experienced in southern Africa. The following chapter aims to review the literature addressing the effect of growing different cover crops under different soil management systems on the soil P dynamics in Brazilian highly weathered soils.

Chapter three evaluates the resistance to penetration in three Oxisols under cultivation of five cover crops used for the production of grain, seeds and fodder in different sowing density per hectare, and of spontaneous vegetation, grown in rotation with soybean and corn. The final chapter highlights the impact of plant strips on soil erosion with particular focus on Mediterranean factors affecting vegetation, and its implications for soil productivity from agronomic and environmental perspective.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii-x

Chapter 1
Cover Crops in Different Production Systems of Southern Africa: Their Roles, Benefits and Constraints
(Blessing Mhlanga and Christian Thierfelder, University of Zimbabwe, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe, and others)
pp. 1-22

Chapter 2
Cover Crops Affecting Soil Phosphorus Dynamics in Brazilian Highly Weathered Soils
(Tales Tiecher, Leandro Bittencourt de Oliveira, Laurent Caner, Gustavo Brunetto, Edson Campanhola Bortoluzzi, Danilo Rheinheimer dos Santos, Carlos Alberto Casali, Mohsin Zafar and Tadeu Luis Tiecher, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missões, Frederico Westphalen, RS, Brazil, and others)
pp. 23-52

Chapter 3
Soil Penetration Resistance in Three Oxisols Under Different Cover Crops in the West of São Paulo State, Brazil
(Wander Luis Barbosa Borges, Marlene Cristina Alves, Marco Eustáquio de Sá, Agronomic Institute – IAC, University of São Paulo State – UNESP, Brazil)
pp. 53-72

Chapter 4
Plant Strips as a Sustainable Strategy in Reducing Soil Erosion in Rainfed-Tree Crops
(V. H. Durán Zuazo, C. R. Rodríguez Pleguezuelo, B. Cárceles Rodríguez, J. D. Pérez Melgares, J. R. Francia Martínez, S. Cuadros Tavira and I. F. García Tejero, IFAPA Centro “Las Torres-Tomejil”, Alcaládel Río, Sevilla, Spain, and others)
pp. 73-102

pp. 103-109

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