No Tillage Seeding in Conservation Agriculture (2nd Edition)

Edited by C J Baker, K E Saxton, W C T Chamen, D C Reicosky, F Ribeiro, S E Justice and P R Hobbs 
CABI  November 2006  

Hardback  352 pp  ISBN 9781845931162      £90.00
This book is a much-expanded and updated edition of a previous volume, published in 1996 as "No-tillage Seeding: Science and Practice". The base objective remains to describe, in lay terms, a range of international experiments designed to examine the causes of successes and failures in no-tillage. The book summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of no tillage. It highlights the pros and cons of a range of features and options, without promoting any particular product.

Topics added or covered in more detail in the second edition include: · soil carbon and how its retention or sequestration interacts with tillage and no-tillage · controlled traffic farming as an adjunct to no-tillage · comparison of the performance of generic no-tillage opener designs · the role of banding fertilizer in no-tillage · the economics of no-tillage · small-scale equipment used by poorer farmers · forage cropping by no-tillage · a method for risk assessment of different levels of machine sophistication

Of interest to professional and academic workers in agronomy, soil science and agricultural engineering.


  • The 'What' and 'Why' of no-tillage farming, C J Baker and K E Saxton
  • The benefits of no-tillage, D R Reicosky and K E Saxton
  • The nature of risk in no-tillage, C J Baker, W (Bill) R Ritchie and K E Saxton
  • Seeding openers and slot shape, C J Baker
  • The role of slot cover, C J Baker
  • Drilling into dry soils, C J Baker
  • Drilling into wet soils, C J Baker
  • Seed depth, placement and metering, C J Baker and K E Saxton
  • Fertilizer placement, C J Baker
  • Residue handling, C J Baker, F Ribeiro, Instito Agronômico do Paraná (IAPAR), Ponta Grossa, Parana, Brazil and K E Saxton
  • Comparing surface disturbance and low-disturbance disc openers, C J Baker
  • No-tillage for forage production, C J Baker, W (Bill) and R Ritchie
  • No-tillage drill and planter design - large-scale machines, C J Baker
  • No-tillage drill and planter design - small-scale machines, F Ribeiro, S E Justice, P Hobbs and C J Baker
  • Managing a no-tillage seeding system, W (Bill) R Ritchie and C J Baker
  • Controlled traffic farming as a complementary practice to no-tillage, W C T Chamen
  • Reduced environmental emissions and carbon sequestration, D C Reicosk and K E Saxton
  • Some economic comparisons, C J Baker
  • Procedures for development and technology transfer, C J Baker
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