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3045. Swanson, C.L., and H.G. Jacobson. 1950. Influence of cultivation and weed killers on soil structure and crop yield.. Soil Sci. 69:443-457.
Studied corn and carrots in CT. Some benefits from cultivation, particularly with soil crusting. Measured macropores and micropores.

9884. DeVault, G.. 1987. Whipping weeds, naturally.. The New Farm, May/June 1987, p. 36-37..
Instead of chemicals, a 3,000 acre dryland grain farm in Montana, uses crop rotation and timely cultivation to control weeds. After spring rains, they go over the fields with a chisel plow and rod weeder. At planting time, minimal weeding is done again with chisel-rod weeder. They summer fallow and alternate wheat and feed grains every third year and seed clover with spring-seeded grains. They have also reduced row spacing from 10 inches to 7 inches.

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