Properties of soil aggregates as influenced by tillage practices

  • Published source details Mbagwu J.S.C & Bazzoffi P. (1989) Properties of soil aggregates as influenced by tillage practices. Soil Use and Management, 5, 180-188.


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Change tillage practices

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Soil Fertility
  1. Change tillage practices

    A site comparison study in 1989 on clay loam soils in north-central Italy (Mbagwu & Bazzoffi, 1989) found that conventional tillage decreased soil stability and organic matter content by 81.4 mg/kg compared to untilled plots. Soil density was slightly higher (by 0.018 g cm3) and the soil less porous (by 0.52%) under conventional tillage compared to not tilled or minimum tilled land. The experiment was carried out at three locations: Vicarello (soil not tilled and conventionally tilled), Fagna (soil minimal till, conventionally tilled), Gambassi (not tilled (alfalfa Medicago sativa pasture) and conventionally tilled). Plot size was not specified. Soil samples were collected at each location. The density of soil and the number of pores, as well as soil stability were measured.


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