Manure management with conservation tillage

M. F. Walter, Thomas Lehman Richard, P. D. Robillard, R. Muck

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Abstract

The connection between soil and water resources is so intimate that any change in one usually affects the other. It was assumed for many years that soil conservation practices not only protected the soil but enhanced water quality as well. This assumption was first seriously questioned in the early 1970s as environmentalists began to look for “best management practices” (BMPs) for control of agricultural nonpoint source pollution (NPS). The general notion that soil and water conservation practices (SWCPs) were good for water quality was neither specific nor substantiated enough for blanket acceptance of SWCPs as BMPs, thus a number of questions have been raised. Which soil conservation practices are candidate BMPs for which water pollutants? How specifically do the various SWCPs affect the fate, and particularly the transport of different potential water contaminants? Might not some SWCPs result in even greater use of chemicals that are potential water quality contaminants? In general, we found that when a practice is applied with a specific objective in mind, (e.g., conservation tillage for soil erosion control or reduced fertilizer use to prevent groundwater pollution) changes occur which affect the total system -including physical, economic and even social components - in complex ways. As an old axiom states, “There are many simple answers to complex questions, but most of them are wrong.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEffects of Conservation Tillage on Groundwater Quality
Subtitle of host publicationNitrates and Pesticides
PublisherCRC Press
Pages253-270
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351080071
ISBN (Print)9781315892528
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Soil conservation
conservation tillage
Manures
soil conservation
Water conservation
manure
Conservation
best management practice
Water quality
Soils
water quality
Impurities
Groundwater pollution
pollutant
groundwater pollution
nonpoint source pollution
erosion control
Fertilizers
Water resources
soil erosion

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Walter, M. F., Richard, T. L., Robillard, P. D., & Muck, R. (2018). Manure management with conservation tillage. In Effects of Conservation Tillage on Groundwater Quality: Nitrates and Pesticides (pp. 253-270). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781351071628
Walter, M. F. ; Richard, Thomas Lehman ; Robillard, P. D. ; Muck, R. / Manure management with conservation tillage. Effects of Conservation Tillage on Groundwater Quality: Nitrates and Pesticides. CRC Press, 2018. pp. 253-270
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