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Effects of crop residue and tillage practices on water infiltration and crop production

Effects of crop residue and tillage practices on water infiltration and crop production

Cover crops for clean water: the proceedings of an international conference, West Tennessee Experiment Station, April 9-11, 1991, Jackson, Tennessee: 23-24

Studies with a sprinkling infiltrometer in the North Carolina piedmont showed that surface residues, either from cover crops or previous cereal crops, can increase infiltration. Water intake after no-tillage treatment was 25% to 50% greater than in conventionally tilled plots. Paratil and rip/bed treatments increased intake slightly. Infiltrometer measurements predict yield responses well due to water intake differences on crusting, sloping soils.

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