Agricultural soil and crop practices
Reganold, John P. Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Papendick, Robert I. Retired, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
Parr, J. F. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland.
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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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