publication . Article . Other literature type . 2006

Effects of irrigation and plastic mulch on soil properties on semi-arid abandoned fields

E. S. van der Meulen; L. Nol; L. H. Cammeraat;
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  • Published: 01 May 2006 Journal: Soil Science Society of America Journal, volume 70, pages 930-939 (issn: 0361-5995, Copyright policy)
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
The Guadalentín Basin in Spain is one of the driest areas of Europe and has problems with high evaporation rates, and high risks of desertification exist including soil quality loss and soil erosion. Farmers in this semi-arid region use polyethylene covers on their irrigated croplands to reduce evaporation in order to enhance crop yield. When farmers abandon the acres, they leave the plastic covers on the fields. Up to now research has been concentrating on the effects of plastic covers on crop yield and microclimate under these covers but there is little known about the effects of plastic covers and irrigation on soil quality, erosion susceptibility and hydrolo...
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free text keywords: Soil Science, Environmental science, Soil biodiversity, Soil structure, Soil conservation, Plastic mulch, Soil retrogression and degradation, No-till farming, Soil quality, Soil management, Hydrology
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