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1827. Elliott, L.F. and R.I.Papendick. 1986. Crop residue management for improved soil productivity.. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture 3:131-142.
Residue management is critical to maintaining soil structure and organic matter. Surface management of residue along with reduced tillage seems the best approach. A seeding drill has been developed to plant in heavy residue and to move residue away from the seed. Mating this approach with organic farming appears viable, with no or very little use of synthetic fertilizer. Row crop weed control is also viable with this system. This paper contains an excellent discussion on micro aggregate formation/stability and the importance of microbiol activity. There is also a discussion on biological activity in conventional and organically farmed soil.

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