Special Issue "Integrated Crop Management in Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mubshar Hussain
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Guest Editor
Department of Agronomy, Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan 60800, Pakistan
Interests: crop production under stressful environments; seed priming; biochar; allelopathy;cropping systems; conservation agriculture; crop nutrition and agronomic biofortification
Dr. Sami Ul-Allah
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Guest Editor
College of Agriculture, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan Bahadur Sub Campus Layyah, Multan 31200, Pakistan
Interests: crop improvement; cropping systems; yield and nutritional quality; abiotic stress tolerance
Dr. Shahid Farooq
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Guest Editor
Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Harran University, Şanlıurfa 63050, Turkey
Interests: climate change; cropping systems; agronomic biofortification; abiotic stress tolerance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapidly increasing global population has led to the establishment of new residential colonies on productive agricultural lands, resulting in a significant reduction in the cropped area. Furthermore, rapid changes in the regional and global climates are resulting in multiple stresses, making crop production more challenging. These factors necessitate sustainable agricultural production from the existing cropped areas. Numerous strategies are being used to sustain agricultural production, including development of climate-resilient genotypes, integrated soil and crop management, etc. Integrated crop management involves several eco-friendly measures put together for sustaining production. These may include a combination of any of the options, i.e., seed priming, application of organic and inorganic amendments, use of rhizobacteria, application of macro and micronutrients, biofortification, good management practices, etc. Integration of these management practices leads to improved soil health and crop productivity. However, the benefits of integrated crop management are largely influenced by environment, soil type and fertility, and crop type. Mono-cropping systems or the use of the same crop rotation lead to reduced soil quality, favoring insect pests’ infestation and reducing farm profits. Combination of exhaustive and restorative crops in rotation as well as in intercropping and relay cropping improves soil quality, crop nutrition, sustains crop production and ultimately leads to higher net returns. Therefore, the benefits of integrated crop management should be considered on a long-term basis not for the short-term yield response.

This Special Issue will focus on the impacts of integrated crop management practices on soil health, crop productivity, and a reduction in the impacts of expected climate changes on crop production in a sustainable manner. Research and review articles focusing on any of the above-described aspects will be gladly considered in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Mubshar Hussain
Dr. Sami Ul-Allah
Dr. Shahid Farooq
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • integrated crop management
  • intercropping
  • relay cropping
  • crop rotation
  • soil quality
  • climate change
  • biotic and abiotic stresses
  • seed priming
  • seed inoculation
  • beneficial microbes
  • climate-resilient crop varieties
  • biochar
  • sowing time
  • planting density
  • canopy cover

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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