Conservation agriculture farming systems in rainfed annual crop production in South Africa

Show simple item record Van Antwerpen, R. Laker, Michiel Christiaan Beukes, D.J. Botha, J.J. Collett, A. Du Plessis, M. 2022-12-01T08:20:06Z 2022-12-01T08:20:06Z 2021
dc.description.abstract South Africa is, relative to the rest of the world, a water scarce country with a limited amount of arable land, especially land with a long-term sustainable agricultural production potential. Agriculture should therefore focus on the implementation of soil and water conservation systems. Soil conservation is administered in the South African legislation under the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act 43 of 1983. The objective of this paper is to summarise Conservation Agriculture (CA) systems practiced in South Africa. These include measures to control wind and water erosion as well as soil compaction through implementation of rip on the row, vertical mulching, controlled traffic, crusting control, mulching, water harvesting and crop rotation. No-tillage is not in the scope of this paper, although aspects of reduced and minimum tillage are covered. Integrating these with existing farming systems could be complex and should be considered with great care. It is proposed that CA specialists should be trained to assist farmers in the selection, adoption and implementation of appropriate CA systems. en_US
dc.description.department Plant Production and Soil Science en_US
dc.description.librarian hj2022 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation R. van Antwerpen, M.C. Laker, D.J. Beukes, J.J. Botha, A. Collett & M. du Plessis (2021) Conservation Agriculture farming systems in rainfed annual crop production in South Africa, South African Journal of Plant and Soil, 38:3, 202-216, DOI: 10.1080/02571862.2020.1797195. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0257-1862 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2167-034X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/02571862.2020.1797195
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited and NISC (Pty) Ltd en_US
dc.rights © 2021 Southern African Plant and Soil Sciences Committee. This is an electronic version of an article published in South African Journal of Plant and Soil, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 202-216, 2021. doi : 10.1080/02571862.2020.1797195. South African Journal of Plant and Soil is available online at : en_US
dc.subject Conservation agriculture en_US
dc.subject Rainfed agriculture en_US
dc.subject Farming systems en_US
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_US
dc.title Conservation agriculture farming systems in rainfed annual crop production in South Africa en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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