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Pursuing Conservation Tillage Systems for Organic Crop Production



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By George Kuepper

Published: 2001

Updated: 2001

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IP183

28 pages


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Introduction

This publication takes a brief look at conservation tillage as it may be applied to organic cropping systems. A number of the most promising strategies and technologies are described, and abstracts of recent research are provided. The focus is on annual cropping systems. Both agronomic and vegetable cropping systems are discussed.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Organic Farming & the Tillage Dilemma
Mulch Tillage
Ridge Tillage
Killed Mulch Systems
Mowing
Undercutting
Rolling & Roll-Chopping
Weather-Kill
Cover Crops for Killed Mulch Systems
The Challenges of Killed Mulches
Resources & Research on Killed Mulches
Living Mulches
Cover Crop Selection for Living Mulches
Living Mulch Suppression
Resources & Research on Living Mulches
Zone Tillage
Cover Crop Technologies
Selected Abstracts
Summary
References
Further ATTRA Resources
Acknowledgements

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