Soil functions and agricultural productivity are closely linked. The application of soil improving techniques is crucial to maintain soil functions, long-term productivity and the broad range ecosystem services provided by soils. these techniques include tillage, crop diversity, crop management, cover crops and the use of organic amendments. The effectiveness of soil management practices will vary with soil type, farming systems and agro-climatic zones. Management practices should be practical and economically viable to encourage uptake by farmers. Equally, important is the development of land use policies to secure the wider societal benefits provided by soils.
Papers are invited with a perspective on management to improve soil functioning. Management strategies will include, for example:
• Use of organic materials
• Precision farming
• Cover cropping
• Crop diversification
• Decision support tools
Research can consider the impact on: soil biological, chemical and physical quality, crop productivity, economic and practical implications and also approaches for measuring and monitoring soil improvement.
- Lizzie Sagoo (ADAS)
- Elizabeth Stockdale (Newcastle University)