Tracking water movement increases cotton yields

Outlet: SouthEastFarmPress.com

December 12, 2011

Back in the late 1970s, the U.S. was in the midst of an OPEC oil embargo and subsequent gasoline shortages, complete with long lines at the pump and in some cases alternate days in which motorists could buy fuel. That scenario was the backdrop for a series of U.S. Department of energy-sponsored tests to determine how much residue farmers could take off the soil to use for fuel. While most studies came and went, generating valuable and useful tillage information, a study at the PeeDee Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Florence, S.C., remains today and sheds some interesting light on the benefits, and lack thereof in some cases, of long-term no-till farming…

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