Special Issue "Long-Term Experiments for Sustainable Nutrient Management"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Innovative Cropping Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Javier Gonzalez
Guest Editor
United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
Interests: environment; water quality; environmental impact assessment; environmental analysis; soil fertility; soil analysis; soil; fertilizers; environmental science; water chemistry
Dr. Dexter B Watts
Guest Editor
United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory
Interests: animal waste and industrial byproducts; soil nutrient management; soil fertility water quality; greenhouse gas emissions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agricultural sustainability relies on adopting management options that are sustainable and environmentally sound. Thus, assessments of how different agricultural management practices influence soil fertility, soil health, water quality, and air quality are needed. Long-term studies can be a resource for evaluating the sustainability of these agricultural management systems. While there are numerous studies available in the literature about long-term studies, there is a need for studies evaluating agricultural management practices from a systems approach. For example, it is well known that the implementation of conservation practices, including tillage and cover crops, reduces soil erosion and improves nutrient cycling. Still, there is limited research published on how the long-term interactions of these management practices affect nutrient cycling and water quality. In this Special Issue, we are looking for studies to address the interactions of tillage, soil amendments (gypsum, manure, etc.), cover crops, and fertilization practices on nutrient management and cycling, soil health, and water quality. In this Special Issue, long-term research is considered for experiments with the same management practices for at least five years under a mono-cropping system (including permanent pasture and hayfields) or for 10 years with crop rotations.

Dr. Javier Gonzalez
Dr. Dexter B Watts
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • long-term research
  • management practices
  • nutrient management and cycling
  • soil health
  • water quality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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