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Record number 495521
Title Reduced tillage for silage maize on sand and clay soils: effect on yield and soil organic matter
Author(s) Deru, J.G.C.; Schooten, H.A. van; Huiting, H.F.; Weide, R.Y. van der
Source In: Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems. - European Grassland Federation EGF (Grassland Science in Europe ) - ISBN 9789090289618 - p. 398 - 400.
Event 18th EGF Symposium on Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems, Wageningen, 2015-06-15/2015-06-17
Department(s) LR - Animal Nutrition
Team Schimmels, Onkruiden en Plagen
Team Acrres
Publication type Chapter in scientific book
Publication year 2015
Abstract Maize (Zea mays) cultivation for silage has negative impacts on soil and water quality: reduced soil organic matter, nitrate leaching, soil-biota decline, etc. These problems can be caused partly by intensive soil tillage, like ploughing. The suitability of less-intensive tillage alternatives for farmers, in terms of
effects on yield and soil quality, is unknown. On three field experiments, two on sandy soils and one on marine clay soil, we compared ‘full-field inversion tillage’ with two reduced tillage systems: ‘full-field non-inversion tillage’ and ‘strip-cutter’. Reducing tillage intensity in silage maize cropping influenced both yields and soil quality: at two locations yields tended to be reduced, and at two locations soil organic matter content was lower in inversion tillage compared to reduced tillage. The possible implications of reduced soil organic matter mineralisation for nitrogen dynamics are discussed
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