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Sustainable Agriculture in the Rice-Wheat System
     

Sustainable Agriculture in the Rice-Wheat System

by Rattan Lal, Peter R. Hobbs, Norman Uphoff
 

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ISBN-10: 0824754913

ISBN-13: 9780824754914

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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-revealing new systems of rice intensification and management while illustrating the application of no-till and conservation farming to the

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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-revealing new systems of rice intensification and management while illustrating the application of no-till and conservation farming to the rice-wheat system with case studies from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824754914
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment Series
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordiii
Prefacev
I.Food Security and Natural Resources
1.Prospects for World Agriculture in the Twenty-First Century1
2.Soil and Water Resources of South Asia in an Uncertain Climate19
3.Food Security and Environmental Sustainability37
II.Challenges and Opportunities of No-Till Farming
4.Historical Development of No-Till Farming55
5.Agroecological Thoughts on Zero-Tillage: Possibilities for Improving Both Crop Components of Rice-Wheat Farming Systems with Rice Intensification83
6.Problems and Challenges of No-Till Farming for the Rice-Wheat Systems of the Indo-Gangetic Plains in South Asia101
7.Opportunities and Constraints for Reduced Tillage Practices in the Rice-Wheat Cropping System121
III.Applications of No-Till Farming in the Rice-Wheat System in South Asia
8.No-Tillage Farming in the Rice-Wheat Cropping Systems in India133
9.No-Till Option for the Rice-Wheat Cropping System in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of India: Some Experiences147
10.Principles and Practices of Tillage Systems for Rice-Wheat Cropping Systems in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of South Asia167
11.No-Till in the Rice-Wheat System: An Experience from Nepal209
12.Impact of No-Tillage Farming on Wheat Production and Resource Conservation in the Rice-Wheat Zone of Punjab, Pakistan219
13.Impact of No-Till Farming on the Rice-Wheat System in Bangladesh229
IV.Adaptation of No-Till Farming
14.Equipment for Sustainable Cropping Systems241
15.Mechanization Challenges in No-Till Rice-Wheat System for South Asia: No-Till Seeding Drills for Small Landholders255
16.No-Till Rice-Wheat Farming: The Arkansas Experience273
17.Impact of No-Till Farming in the United States283
18.No-Till Farming in Brazil and Its Impact on Food Security and Environmental Quality291
19.Potential of Tillage, Agropastoral, and Planted Fallow Systems in Low-Fertility Tropical Soils of Latin America311
20.The Raised Bed System of Cultivation for Irrigated Production Conditions337
21.Control of Rice Water Weevil in a Stale or Tilled Seedbed357
V.Social and Economic Issues
22.Social and Economic Issues in Agricultural Intensification363
23.Impact of Conservation Tillage in a Temperate Environment377
24.Policy Challenges for the Rice-Wheat Farming Systems of the Indo-Gangetic Plains389
25.Soil and Water Sustainability Issues Related to Australian Grain Cropping Systems403
26.Technology for Small Farms: The Challenge of Diversity421
27.Adapt or Adopt? Prospects for Conservation Tillage in the Indian Farming System431
28.Innovation, Degradation, and Conservation in South Asia's Rice-Wheat System: Farmers' Choices and Lessons from U.S. Experience447
VI.Networking and International Cooperation
29.Toward Promoting Conservation Agriculture for the Rice-Wheat System465
30.The Role of South Asian Conservation Agriculture Network (SACAN) in No-Till Farming in Pakistan479
VII.Conclusions
31.Reconciling Food Security with Environment Quality Through No-Till Farming495
Index513

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