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6919. Unger, P.W.. 1975. Role of mulches in dryland agriculture. p. 239-258.. IN: U.S. Gupta (ed.). Physiological Aspects of Dryland Farming..

10128. Greb, B.W., D.E. Smika and A.L. Black. 1967. Effect of straw mulch rates on soil water storage during summer fallow in the Great Plains.. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. Proc. 31:556-559..
A soil water storage experiment was conducted in the Great Plains by tilling in known amounts of wheat straw. Net gains in soil water storage during fallow varied from 1.0 to 4.3 cm at Sydney, MT, from 2.1 to 4.1 cm at Akron, CO, and from 3.1 to 3.3 cm at North Platte, NE. Average amounts of straw at each site were 2,600, 3,800, and 6,000 kg/ha, respectively. The soil water gains were primarily during the spring months of the 14-month fallow season. The water gained by straw mulches tended to improve the soil water content throughout the soil profile.

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