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Estimating the value of crop residues

Description

Crop residues - straw plus chaff - are the byproducts of harvesting annual grain crops. Retaining crop residues on a field improves or maintains soil quality and moisture. The economic value of retaining or removing crop residues from the field depends on the following: present level of soil organic matter; field's soil erosion risk; nutrient levels in the residues and soil; soil's moisture content; value of using the residues for other purposes such as bedding, coarse feed or industrial uses such as fibreboard; effects of any problems caused by poorly spread or heavy residues (such as the need for extra field operations)

Tags
crop residue direct seeding field crops seeding and planting soil management soils stubble

Title and publication information

Type
Fact Sheet
Series Title

Direct seeding

Extent

8 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture and Rural Development (2008-2015)

Contributor

Hartman, Murray

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Subject Information

Topic
Agriculture

Resource Dates

Date Created

1999-01-01

Date Added

2016-01-13T16:34:42.800715

Date Modified

2008-08-01

Date Issued

1999-01-01

Audience information

Identifiers

AGDEX number

519-25

NEOS catalogue key

4213945

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Agriculture and Forestry

Contact Email

duke@gov.ab.ca