Special Issue "Sustainable Tillage and Sowing Technologies"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2022.
Interests: organic and precision farming; sustainable tillage and sowing machinery and technologies; seedbed formation; soil properties; weed-crop concurrence; inter-cropping; field crop productivity and quality; biomass waste management
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Environmentally and energy-efficient farming technologies are being integrated into agricultural production as the most advanced technologies with the greatest economic, energy, and environmental benefits. The goal of these technologies is to limit the mechanical and chemical effects on soil and crops, ensure the renewal of soil productivity, protect the environment, promote a rational use of material, energy, and labour resources, produce healthy products, and guarantee the economic efficiency of the agricultural production. New environmentally friendly farming technologies are not possible without new tillage and sowing machinery, which are also subject to increased soil and environmental requirements, the most important of which are not to deplete the soil, to stop the decrease of humus and soil degradation, to reduce leaching of nutrients and the most fertile soil particles, to protect the soil from erosion and destruction of its structure, to promote natural biological processes in the soil. However, sustainable conservation tillage and sowing systems often increase the abundance of weeds, pests, and diseases.
This Special Issue will present investigations on sustainable tillage and sowing technologies (minimal, ploughless, strip, zero) and technical solutions for machinery in conditions of conservation and precision farming. Research papers, communications, and review articles are welcome. Attention will also be given to studies on the impact of sustainable tillage and sowing on the peculiarities of crop seedbed formation, soil properties (soil nutrient proportion, leaching and runoff, physical properties, erosion and degradation, health of soil biota, GHG emissions), pests, diseases and weeds infestation, development of productivity and quality of crops. Research data on the economy and energy aspects of different tillage and sowing technologies are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Kęstutis Romaneckas
Manuscript Submission Information
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- sustainable tillage
- sowing machinery and systems
- crop seedbed formation
- soil properties
- GHG emissions
- pests, diseases, and weeds
- crops productivity and quality
- energy and economy of tillage and sowing
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Crop seedbed depth ad-justment in precision farming technologies: A review
Authors: Kęstutis Rom-aneckas 1*, Dainius Steponavičius 2, Algirdas Jasin-skas 2, Egidijus Šarauskis 2, Marius Kazlauskas 2, Vilma Naujokienė 2, and Indrė Bručienė 2
Affiliation: 1 Vytautas Magnus Uni-versity, Agriculture Acad-emy, Institute of Agroe-cosystems and Soil Sci-ence, Studentu Str. 11, LT-53361, Akademija, Kaunas Distr., Lithuania. [email protected] (K.R.). 2 Vytautas Magnus Uni-versity, Agriculture Acad-emy, Institute of Agricul-tural Engineering and Safety, Studentu Str. 15A, LT-53362, Akademija, Kaunas Distr., Lithuania. [email protected] (E.S.), [email protected] (M.K.), [email protected] (V.N.), [email protected] (I.B.), [email protected] (D.S.), [email protected] (A.J.).