Developing simplified synergistic relationships to model topsoil erosion and crop yield
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Topsoil is highly enriched with organic matter, which provides a valuable source of plant nutrients as well as a favorable rooting environment. Over time, erosion processes selectively remove the organic matter-rich fine fraction which causes a measurable reduction in soil productivity. Assessments of past erosion are of little value in predicting future losses in productivity since the synergistic lowering of soil organic matter through lower residue inputs is not considered. Dynamic computer models, which simulate the plant/soil system, can project the long run future costs of soil erosion on crop yield. A simplified erosion-crop yield model was developed by first defining the most important soil productivity variables, then quantifying the effect of erosion on each variable. The model predicted a declining trend in grain yields similar to that observed on soil scalping experiments.
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