A definitive work illustrating how forages can sustain tropical cropping systems and be used to combat environmental problems of deteriorating soils and declining crop yield. It discusses the advantages of mixed farming with animals and crops, and shows how different systems are managed. It covers the management of tropical plant-soil-animal systems in one volume; incorporates the latest research from Australia, Asia, Africa and Latin America; comprehensive list of around 800 references, including the most up-to-date research available; illustrates principles through detailed case studies; emphasises resource management and the development of sustainable systems, both key areas of current research in tropical agriculture.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part 1 - Objectives of Crop-Pasture-Animal Interactions: The maintenance of soil fertility I. Nitrogen and organic matter; The maintenance of soil fertility II. soil structure and erosion; Efficiency of resource use; Crop protection systems; Outputs from animal production in farming systems. Part 2 - Management of crop-pasture systemss: Tree crops with pastures; Shrub legumes with annual crops; Pastures with annual crops; Annual crops with forage crops; Conclusions; References; Index of scientific names; Subject index.