Special Issue "The Future of Farming – Profitable and Sustainable Farming with Conservation Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Interests: environmental science; soil science; agriculture; conservation agriculture; soil; agronomy; sustainable agriculture; soil fertility; environment farming
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Interests: no-tillage/conservation agriculture systems; carbon sequestration; sustainability of farming systems; farming and land use systems
Interests: cereals; potato; conservation agriculture; breeding; pathology; agronomy
Interests: conservation tillage; cover crops; residue decomposition; application technology; field spraying olive tree
Conservation agriculture (CA) is an alternate paradigm of agriculture production and land use that is applicable to all land-based agricultural production systems in rainfed and irrigated farming, including annual, perennial, and mixed systems; orchards; agroforestry and plantation systems; crop–livestock systems; and pasture and rangeland systems. According to the FAO (http://www.fao.org/conservation-agriculture), CA is described as an ecosystem approach to regenerative sustainable agriculture and land management based on the practical application of context-specific and local adaption of three interlinked principles, namely:
- Continuous no or minimum mechanical soil disturbance. This principle is implemented by the practice of no-till seeding or broadcasting of crop seeds through direct placement of planting material into untilled soil and no-till weeding, resulting in minimal possible soil disturbance from any cultural operation, harvest operation, or farm traffic.
- Permanent maintenance of a vegetative mulch cover on the soil surface. This principle is implemented by retaining crop biomass, root stocks and stubbles, and biomass from cover crops and other forms of biomass from ex situ sources.
- Diversification of species in cropping system. This principle is implemented by adopting economically, environmentally, and socially adapted crops in rotations and/or sequences and/or associations involving annual and perennial crops, including a balanced mix of legume and nonlegume crops and cover crops.
This Special Issue focuses on the role of conservation agriculture in climate change adaptation and mitigation. A wide range of manuscripts can be accepted. Some examples of interesting topics are as follows: assessments of agricultural soils as a carbon sink; GHG emissions in CA systems, including CO2 and N2O; energy balance of CA compared to conventional tillage and organic agriculture; irrigation and rainfed CA crops; productivity in CA; review and meta-analysis papers; and models assessing the impact of CA in global warming.Prof. Dr. Emilio J. Gonzalez-Sanchez
Prof. Dr. Amir Kassam
Prof. Dr. Gottlieb Basch
Prof. Dr. Hafiz Muminjanov
Prof. Dr. Antonio Rodríguez Lizana
Dr. Rosa María Carbonell-Bojollo
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- soil organic carbon
- carbon storage
- direct drilling
- carbon sequestration
- climate change
- global warming
- energy balance
- energy productivity
- greenhouse gas
- irrigated crops
- rainfed crops
- carbon sink
- organic matter
- carbon flux
- cover crops
- international agreements