Sustaining agriculture in drought years

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Author: Jim de Quattro
Date: Jan. 1997
From: Agricultural Research(Vol. 45, Issue 1)
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,434 words

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New conservation tillage systems developed by scientists at the Agricultural Research Service in Weslaco, TX, make sustainable agriculture possible in Texas, which has been affected by a four-year drought and by insects which damaged its cotton crop. The systems, which are especially designed for the Texas environment, keep some residue of the previous crop on the soil surface and minimize the use of plows and other tillage equipment, making soil, water and other natural resources sustainable over the long term. Thus, they lead to lower costs and acceptable harvests.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A19193492