Wednesday, 23 January 2013
No-till systems improve soil in Laos (#journal)
Pascal Lienhard, Florent Tivet, André Chabanne, Samuel Dequiedt and Mélanie Lelièvre, et al.
Tested a three year rotation of rice, corn and soybean in a no- till system with a variety of cover crops on newly cultivated land. The no-till systems produced better soil physiochemcial characteristics and more soil microbial activity than were found in either a conventionally tilled system or in non cultivated land. The study recommends no-till systems to improve the physical, chemical, and microbial properties of tropical acid soils to contribute to the sustainability of agriculture in these ecosystems.