Soil physical properties and infiltration after long-term no-tillage and ploughing on the Chinese Loess Plateau

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He, Jin, Wang, Qingjie, Li, Hongwen, Tullberg, J. N., McHugh, A. D., Bai, Yuhua, Zhang, Xuemin, McLaughlin, Neil and Gao, Huanwen. 2009. "Soil physical properties and infiltration after long-term no-tillage and ploughing on the Chinese Loess Plateau." New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science. 37 (3), pp. 157-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/01140670909510261
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Soil physical properties and infiltration after long-term no-tillage and ploughing on the Chinese Loess Plateau

ERA Journal ID5320
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHe, Jin (Author), Wang, Qingjie (Author), Li, Hongwen (Author), Tullberg, J. N. (Author), McHugh, A. D. (Author), Bai, Yuhua (Author), Zhang, Xuemin (Author), McLaughlin, Neil (Author) and Gao, Huanwen (Author)
Journal TitleNew Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science
Journal Citation37 (3), pp. 157-166
Number of Pages10
Year2009
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISSN0114-0671
0301-5521
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01140670909510261
Abstract

Water is the most limiting factor for crop production in dryland farming. A better understanding of the long-term impact of tillage and residue management systems on soil structure and water infiltration is necessary for the further development of conservation tillage practice to improve water use efficiency. The objectives of this study were to assess the influence of no-till with residue retention (NT) and conventional (plough) tillage with residue removal (CT) on soil properties and soil water transmission characteristics in a winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) monoculture system in Shanxi, on the Chinese Loess Plateau. Soil physical parameter measurements were made in the top 30 cm depth in September 2007 after 16 years under the two tillage treatments. Compared with CT treatment, NT significantly (P < 0.05) reduced soil bulk density (7.1%) in the 20-30 cm soil layer, and increased
macroporosity (>60 μm, 17.0%) and saturated hydraulic conductivity (249%) in the 15-30 cm soil layer. There were no significant differences in these soil physical properties between tillage systems in the 0-15 cm layer. In addition, plant available water and water infiltration rate were greater in the NT treatment. The improved soil quality parameters and water infiltration from this long-term experiment indicate that no-tillage with residue retention is a promising farming system for the dryland farming
areas of northern China.

Keywordsconservation tillage; soil water retention characteristics; saturated hydraulic conductivity; soil aggregates; soil porosity; infiltration
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300299. Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
410699. Soil sciences not elsewhere classified
410601. Land capability and soil productivity
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Byline AffiliationsChina Agricultural University, China
National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
South China Agricultural University, China
Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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