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Individual study: Impact of conventional and minimum tillage on soil hydraulic conductivity in typical cropping system in Southern Italy

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Castellini M. & Ventrella D. (2012) Impact of conventional and minimum tillage on soil hydraulic conductivity in typical cropping system in Southern Italy. Soil and Tillage Research, 124, 47-56


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Water: Use reduced tillage in arable fields Mediterranean Farmland

A controlled study in 1990–2007 in a rainfed wheat field in southern Italy found similar amounts of water in soils with reduced tillage or conventional tillage. Water availability: Similar amounts of water were found in soils with reduced tillage or conventional tillage (0.19–0.38 vs 0.20–0.36 cm3 water/cm3 soil). Methods: A mouldboard plough (40–45 cm depth) was used on one plot (conventional tillage), and a disc harrow (20–25 cm depth) was used on another plot (reduced tillage), from 1990–2007. Each plot was 23 x 10 m. Water content was measured in soil samples (5 cm height, 5 cm diameter, six samples/plot), during the growing season (March 2005, June 2006, May 2007).