Special Issue "Cover Crops"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019)
Across the globe, the simplification of cropping systems due to the inadequate use of agrochemicals and heavier mechanization has contributed to the increase of environmental issues. Therefore, there is a growing need for agricultural management that is more environmentally friendly and capable of striking a balance between human and agro-ecosystems needs. The recent interest in cover crop adoption is due to the increase of agrochemical costs and to the decline of soil fertility associated with various farming systems’ management. Indeed, the adoption of cover crops could be a suitable strategy for improving crop yield, soil organic matter, and microbial activity, and reducing soil erosion. Furthermore, cover crops could contribute to weed control, maintaining a balance in weed flora composition. Recently, researchers have also started paying attention to cover crop residue management after their suppression, in order to manage nutrient supply to the next main crop by organic residue mineralization.
The main objective of the Special Issue is the publication of original research, modeling approaches, and review papers addressing how cover crop management affects cropping systems across different environments, soils, and geographic locations. To achieve this goal, Agriculture is encouraging researchers to submit relevant articles to this Special Issue. Therefore, manuscripts evaluating how cover crops support sustainable agriculture, improving crop productivity, weed management, nutrient dynamic, soil physical, and biochemical properties, as well as carbon sequestration and management strategies, are welcome.
Prof. Roberto Mancinelli
Dr. Sara Marinari
Dr. Emanuele Radicetti
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- Sustainable cropping systems
- Soil characteristics and management
- Biomass production
- Crop yield
- Nutrient dynamic
- Carbon sequestration
- Weed control