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This paper discusses an ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) project aiming at helping the poor farmers of Loess Plateau in Gansu Province, China, become more productive and profitable, increasing long-term productivity, by changing farming practices. The project team believed that improved tillage and cropping systems could reduce soil erosion, raise soil fertility and increase economic returns for wheat-based cropping. Trials were established at two regions (Dingxi and Xifeng of Gansu Province) and introduced conservation tillage, allowing new crops into the stubble left behind from the previous crop. A new approach to management called Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) and the success of the new practices are discussed.
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|Journal:||Partners in Research for Development|
agricultural production, arable soils, conservation tillage,crop production, cropping systems, development projects, erosion,erosion control, profitability, returns, soil fertility, soil types,sustainability, tillage, wheat, China, Gansu, Triticum, Triticumaestivum, Poaceae, Cyperales, monocotyledons, angiosperms,Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes, Triticum, East Asia, Asia, DevelopingCountries, North Western China, China, Kansu, soil cultivation,Agricultural Economics (EE110), Aid (EE125) (New March 2000), FieldCrops (FF005) (New March 2000), Plant Production (FF100), Plant CroppingSystems (FF150), Soil Fertility (JJ600), Soil Management (JJ900),Erosion; Soil and Water Conservation (PP400)