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The growing of a cultivated crop, such as cotton, and a cover or forage crop, such as alfalfa, in alternating strips following the contour of the land, in order to minimize erosion.
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Among the legumes, the highest protein content (10.31%) was recorded in strip-cropping of pearlmillet with cowpea in 6:3 ratio.
In a similar vein, using data from a later period, Fleming (2014) finds that cost sharing of cover crops in Maryland reduces acreage on which strip-cropping and contour plowing are used.
In a crash program to save its soils, the United States returned large areas of eroded cropland to grass, adopted strip-cropping, and planted thousands of miles of tree shelterbelts.
THE 1930s Dust Bowl that threatened to turn America's Great Plains into a vast desert was a traumatic experience that led to revolutionary changes in the nation's agricultural practices, including the planting of tree shelterbelts (rows of trees planted beside fields) and strip-cropping (the planting of wheat on alternate strips with fallowed land each year).
This makes it possible to compare rotations, strip widths, and tillage practices for the climate, soil, and topography of interest to determine an optimum strip-cropping system.
The family's farm, located in the Coon Valley watershed area, was one of the first farms to participate in a pioneering strip-cropping conservation project in the 1930s.
In determining the effect of erosion control practices, or the P factor, two hypothetical scenarios, contouring alone and contouring in combination with strip-cropping, were compared to the cross-slope farming currently implemented in the Lawyers Creek Watershed.
Strip-cropping slows runoff water by alternating bands of different crops across the slope (figure 8-8).
P compares the effect of contour tillage and contour strip-cropping with the test plot.
Strip-cropping or strip-intercropping systems may provide additional manure management alternatives.
An economic analysis compared contour tree buffer strips with rowcropping, terracing, conventional tillage, contour strip-cropping, and the Conservation Reserve Program.