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By J. F. Parr, B. A. Stewart, S. B. Hornick, R. P. Singh (auth.), R. P. Singh, J. F. Parr, B. A. Stewart (eds.)

From the start of agriculture until eventually approximately 1950, elevated nutrients creation got here virtually completely from increasing the cropland base. due to the fact 1950, despite the fact that, the yield in step with unit of land zone for significant vegetation has elevated dramatically. a lot of the rise in yields was once as a result of elevated inputs of power. among 1950 and 1985, the farm tractor fleet quadrupled, international irrigated region tripled, and use of fertilizer elevated ninefold. among 1950 and 1985, the whole power utilized in international agriculture elevated 6. nine instances. Irrigation performed a very very important function within the swift bring up in meals creation among 1950 and 1985. The world's irrigated land in 1950 totaled ninety four million hectares yet elevated to a hundred and forty million via 1960, to 198 million via 1970, and to 271 million hectares in 1985. even if, the present expense of enlargement has slowed to under 1 % in line with 12 months. the realm inhabitants keeps to extend and agricultural creation through the yr 2000 must be 50 to 60% more than in 1980 to satisfy calls for. This persisted call for for nutrients and fiber, coupled with the pointy decline within the progress expense of irrigation improvement, implies that a lot of the extra agricultural creation in years yet to come needs to come from cultivated land that isn't irrigated. Agricultural creation can be accelerated within the arid and semiarid areas simply because those areas make up immense components in constructing international locations the place populations are speedily rising.

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Unger 40 Table 9. 1 aFrom Greb et al. (1967). residues (stubble-mulch, or limited-tillage, or herbicides only). The greatest gain resulted from herbicide-only treatments that permitted maximum retention of surface residues. ,The foregoing examples illustrate the influence of various residue management practices on soil water conservation and crop yields. The progressive improvement in water conservation and wheat yields at Akron, Colorado, with changing management practices during fallow is illustrated in Table 15.

1966). bWater applied at a 127-mm hour- 1 rate. S-cm depth on untilled soil. dMeasured to tillage depth. B. S. Great Plains, about 60% of the 500 mrn of average annual precipitation may be lost directly from the soil by evaporation (Bertrand, 1966). The water may evaporate from the soil surface before it infiltrates, as the surface dries, or from within the soil, especially before a plant canopy completely covers the surface. As plant canopies develop, evaporation decreases and transpiration increases (Ritchie and Burnett, 1971).

VIII. Soil Properties ............................................ A. Temperature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. Soil Aggregation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. Soil Density and Porosity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D. Other Physical Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IX. Economics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o. Drawer 10, Bushland, TX 79012.

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