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Residue handling capacity of the versatile multi-crop planter for two-wheel tractors

Haque, M.E., Bell, R.W., Jahiruddin, M., Vance, W., Islam, M.A. and Salahin, N. (2014) Residue handling capacity of the versatile multi-crop planter for two-wheel tractors. In: Proceedings of the conference on conservation agriculture for smallholders in Asia and Africa, 7 - 11 December, Mymensingh, Bangladesh pp. 13-14.

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Crop residue retention is one of the core principles of conservation agriculture (CA). However, the level of retention and residue handling characteristics depend on household use of residue, crop type, residue type (loose or anchored), freshness (or weathering status), water content in residue, soil type, soil water content in the field, type of implements used to sow the next crop, disease of previous crops, height of residue, etc. Over the last decade, innovations made to a wide range of 2-wheel tractor (2WT) seeding implements now permit reliable seeding into minimally disturbed soil and moderate levels of crop residue. This provides a window of opportunity to develop CA cropping systems for small holder farmers in Asia and Africa, not only in terms of reduced soil disturbance but also with respect to biomass cover and crop rotation. The Versatile Multi-crop Planter (VMP) was designed as multi-functional and multi-crop 2WT-based planter for smallholders with capability for seed and fertilizer application in variable row spacing (Haque et al., 2011) but its capacity for residue handling using single-pass shallow-tillage (SPST), strip tillage (ST), zero tillage (ZT), bed planting (BP), and conventional tillage (CT) has not been systematically tested.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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