Optimizing the soil physical environment toward greater crop yields. Edited by Daniel Hillel.

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  • Soil physics -- Congresses,
  • Plant-soil relationships -- Congresses,
  • Water in agriculture -- Congresses

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ContributionsHillel, Daniel, International Symposium on Soil-Water Physics and Technology, Hebrew University, 1971
LC ClassificationsS592.3 O68 1972
The Physical Object
Number of Pages240
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18387099M

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Description Optimizing the Soil Physical Environment Toward Greater Crop Yields contains the proceedings of an invitational panel convened during the International Symposium on Soil-Water Physics and Technology held at The Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Israel, August 29 to September 5, Criteria for determining the aims and directions of research in soil physics and technology --Efficient management of water in agriculture --Soil temperature and crop growth --Improving the water properties of sand soil --Improvement of soil structure by chemical means --Root development in relation to soil physical conditions --The field water.

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Tech. Paper. Washington, DC, World Bank. Hillel, D. & Guron, Y. Evapotrans-piration and the yield. Soil Science– Cook DF, Nelson SD () Effect of seedling emergence in crust forming soils. Soil Science– De Boodt M () Improvement of soil structure by chemical means.

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Moran et al. (), however, in a study of a soil in a wet-and-dry environment, show that a soil treated with minimum tillage had more pores, identified directly by image analysis, and higher hydraulic conductivity, measured in the field, than did a similar soil traditionally cultivated (Figure 14).

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A soil test is important for several reasons: to optimize crop production, to protect the environment from contamination by runoff and leaching of excess fertilizers, to aid in the diagnosis of plant culture problems, to improve the nutritional balance of the growing media and to save money and conserve energy by applying only the amount of.

The rate of yield increase is much greater regardless of topsoil thickness compared with till-derived soils. This increase can be attributed to better soil conditions under loess-derived soils for high water and nutrient availability compared with till-derived soils. The addition of N fertilizer to soil greatly increases yield.

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(Ed. D Hillel) pp. 43–   1. Introduction [2] Irrigation water demands depend on farmers' decisions on when and which crops to produce, how much water to apply, and which irrigation technologies to use.

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crop varieties and modest amounts of mineral fertilizer may improve crop yields but at a relatively low agronomic efficiency (AE) of nutrient use.

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The organic matter aids in stabilizing soil.

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