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Managing soil health and crop productivity in potato: A challenging test system

Powell, SM, McPhee, JE ORCID: 0000-0002-9654-3143, Dean, G ORCID: 0000-0002-3502-2248, Hinton, S, Sparrow, LA, Wilson, CR ORCID: 0000-0001-5434-3816 and Tegg, RS ORCID: 0000-0001-7668-7927 2020 , 'Managing soil health and crop productivity in potato: A challenging test system' , Soil Research, vol. 58, no. 8 , pp. 697-712 , doi: 10.1071/SR20032.

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Abstract

Maintaining the health, and therefore productivity, of agricultural soils is vital for continued sustainable agricultural production to support the world's growing population. Potatoes are grown in a variety of agro-ecological systems and are one of the most important food crops worldwide. Potato crops are demanding on the soil with significant heavy machinery traffic, intensive tillage operations and high inputs of fertiliser, pesticides and water. Maintaining or improving soil health can therefore be challenging for growers. This review considers the different aspects of soil health in a potato production context, how to measure them and how they can be influenced by management practices. Soil health is a complex concept encompassing the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil and their role in ecosystem services and the growth of plants. Although our understanding of soil health and its impact on crop productivity has improved in the last 30 years, many knowledge gaps remain.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Powell, SM and McPhee, JE and Dean, G and Hinton, S and Sparrow, LA and Wilson, CR and Tegg, RS
Keywords: ecosystem services, land management, soil health, vegetable production
Journal or Publication Title: Soil Research
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ISSN: 1838-675X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1071/SR20032
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