Special Issue "Tillage and Traffic Systems for Improved Productivity and Agricultural Sustainability"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 178

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Transport and Bioenergetics, Faculty of Engineering, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra, Slovakia
Interests: precision crop management; controlled traffic farming; economic assessment of crop production technologies; proximal crop sensing; nitrogen variable rate application
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CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Interests: soil and water management; soil physics; soil conservation; soil dynamics
Department of Agriculture and Environment, Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport TF10 8NB, UK
Interests: soil and water management; traffic and tillage systems; precision farming; controlled traffic farming; soil physics; soil mechanics; soil conservation; soil and tyre interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today’s agriculture faces several challenges. While it plays a critical role in terms of food safety, the pressure on sustainability of yields, together with the importance of climate change mitigation, increases. Moreover, the economics of crop production is strongly affected by production factors, such as soil physical, biological, and chemical properties, as well as local climates, and external production factors, such as an increase in fertilizer prices or unstable fuel prices, etc. Environmental footprint is another important topic discussed when assessing different tillage and traffic systems, ranging from GHG emissions to soil erosion. Recent research shows the potential of reduced tillage and the optimization of the effect of field traffic, ranging from low-inflation tires to controlled field traffic, to meet these farming problems.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide an overview of the recent research on tillage and traffic systems, which improve productivity and agricultural sustainability. These topics fit into the scope of Land as they reflect the land–water as well as land–climate interactions and land management area.

We encourage our colleagues to submit original research papers, review papers, and short communications on themes connected to conservation tillage technologies (no tillage, reduced tillage, and strategic tillage), precision tillage (including variable depth control), soil compaction management (remediation, prevention, mitigation, and diagnostic), controlled traffic farming systems, etc. Submissions should discuss the effects of these systems on soil properties, crop responses, the economics of their implementation, the overall profitability of these systems, and their effect on the environment.

Dr. Jana Galambošová
Dr. Diogenes L. Antille
Dr. Paula A. Misiewicz
Guest Editors

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  • no tillage, reduced tillage, and minimum tillage
  • strategic tillage
  • precision tillage (including variable depth control)
  • controlled traffic farming systems
  • low-ground-pressure mobility systems (including rubber-tracked vehicles, VF/IF marked tires, and central tire inflation systems)
  • soil compaction management (remediation, prevention, mitigation, and diagnostic)
  • economics of tillage and traffic systems
  • GHG emissions and climate change mitigation
  • decarbonization of agriculture production
  • soil erosion

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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