Agricultural soil and crop practices
Nichols, Mark L. Formerly, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Auburn, Alabama.
Bruhn, Hjalmar D. Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
Hall, Carl W. College of Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Reganold, John P. Land Management and Water Conservation Research Unit, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pullman, Washington.
Papendic, Robert I. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Parr, J. F. Biological Waste Management and Organic Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
DeVay, James E. Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, California.
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The techniques and methods used in plowing, harrowing, planting, tilling, harvesting, drying, storing, and processing of agricultural crops. Agricultural soil and crop practices seek to keep the quality and fertility of soils at high levels so as to ensure the maximal productivity of crops. Various methods and approaches have been developed, starting at the advent of agricultural domestication by humans and continuing with modern technologies into the present day (Fig. 1). Farmers, agricultural engineers, agronomists, and plant biologists are all involved in the conception and implementation of agricultural soil and crop practices. See also: Agricultural engineering; Agricultural machinery; Agricultural science (plant); Agriculture; Agronomy; Domestication (anthropology); Farm crops; Precision agriculture; Soil; Soil ecology; Soil fertility
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