Conservation Tillage and Cropping Innovation: Constructing by C. Milton Coughenour

By C. Milton Coughenour

A research of the sociology of conservation tillage within the usa and Australia, answering questions on the awesome traits, together with what led as much as the alterations. Discusses in basic terms the sociological features of those agricultural developments, leaving different vital features to different stories. DLC: Conservation tillage.

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Topographically, the county is divided between a gently rolling, fertile plain in the South and a more broken, hilly, and less fertile northern section. Temperature and rainfall are favorable to crops, and agriculture is important in the county and surrounding area. For comparative purposes, the authors conducted in-depth interviews in 1992 with five innovators of no-tillage located in southwest and central Kentucky (fig. 6). ’s innovation of no-tillage is compiled from published sources and interview data from John Young, Reeves Davie, and Shirley Phillips.

5. Conservation tillage innovators in Queensland. Conceptualizing System Innovation 39 • significant event(s) causing initial change in tillage. • information and information source(s). • goals and experiences with new tillage practices. • subsequent events leading to further change in tillage. • difficulties encountered with new tillage system. • revised goals, experimentation, and development of knowledge. • current situation, practices, problems, and attitudes as to future practice of conservation tillage.

In this case, the high plains environment forced a substantial revision in plow culture. In the semiarid environment, the goal and strategy of husbanding moisture for cropping were as important as the preparation of the plant bed itself. The initial adaptive strategy, widely advocated by a successful South Dakota farmer, was deep plowing, a packed subsoil, harrowing to kill weeds and create a dust mulch, and a one-year fallow to build moisture (Hargreaves 1993; Adelman 1992). Before planting, a field might be rolled, or packed, to enable moisture to come closer to the surface.

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