Special Issue "Smart Management of Conservative, Organic and Integrated Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 October 2019).
Interests: agricultural machinery and farm mechanization; strategies and machines for tillage; planting; crop protection; weed control in sustainable farming systems (organic, integrated and conservative)
Interests: farm machinery; non-chemical weed control; conservation agriculture; machinery for organic, integrated, and conservative management in agriculture
Interests: cover crops and green manures; organic farming; sustainable agriculture; conservation agriculture; intercropping; agroforestry; soil fertility; integrated weed management; arable crop production
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Sustainable agriculture aims to achieve the goal of food security, also maximising the socio-economic benefits and minimizing environmental drawbacks. Farming systems mostly relying on ecological processes and reduced application of external inputs (fertilizers and pesticides), such as organic farming and integrated farming, can even contribute to the mitigation of global warming and of the desertification of soils. Conservation agriculture (CA) is also widely recognized as a farming system able to preserve soils from erosion and nutrient loss, increase soil organic matter and carbon sink capacity, and improve biological and physical fertility. Nevertheless, CA systems generally rely on the large use of agrochemicals (above all, herbicides and fertilizers) in order to sustain crop production, with negative consequences in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact. This also does not enable an easy transfer of CA techniques into organic and integrated farming systems, a combination that might enhance the environmental benefits of these farming systems.
In this regard, this Special Issue will deal with the "Smart Management of Conservative, Organic, and Integrated Agriculture". We invite experts and researchers to contribute with original researches, reviews, and opinion pieces covering all topics related to organic, integrated, and conservative farming systems. Authors are welcome to submit articles and reviews on the most important aspects of these innovative systems, such as performances of farm machinery and agro-ecological strategies aiming at sustaining crop production whilst reducing the need of agrochemicals.
Prof. Andrea Peruzzi
Dr. Christian Frasconi
Dr. Daniele Antichi
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 1600 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.
- organic agriculture
- conservation agriculture
- integrated farming
- environmentally friendly agriculture
- low-input agriculture
- farm machinery for physical weed control
- farm machinery for reduced tillage and direct planting