Effects of Cropping Systems on Soil Health and Sustainability

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Soils".

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College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: soil ecology; nutrient cycling; greenhouse gases; carbon sequestration; microbial community; straw management; cropping system

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College of Agronomy, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, China
Interests: greenhouse gases emission; carbon sequestration; soil biodiversity; nutrient cycling; climate change; cropping system

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Dear Colleagues,

Alongside the growing world population, climate change and other influencing factors, agriculture is currently facing significant challenges related to environmental degradation and food security. Consequently, the achievement of sustainable agriculture development has become a global concern. Cropping systems, defined by cropping sequences, types, and management practices related to residues and fertilization, shape soil’s biological activities and the environment in the soil micro-biotic habitat and play a pivotal role as a core component of agricultural production, strongly influencing soil health and sustainability. Therefore, in-depth studies and the evaluation of appropriate cropping systems, such as crop diversification, crop rotation and intercropping, soil amendment, and related agronomic practices, are important. This Special Issue welcomes original research articles, reviews, meta-analyses, and perspective articles that focus on improving soil health, ecological benefits, and agricultural productivity through sustainable soil and crop management practices. The contributions to this issue will provide a theoretical foundation for the further development of cropping systems and sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Yuan Wen
Dr. Gong Wu
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  • cropping systems
  • soil health
  • crop productivity
  • agricultural sustainability
  • soil management
  • carbon sequestration
  • nutrient cycling
  • microbial community
  • greenhouse gas emissions

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Perspectives on Effective Long-Term Management of Carbon Stocks in Chernozem under Future Climate Conditions
by Ilshat Husniev, Vladimir Romanenkov, Stanislav Siptits, Vera Pavlova, Sergey Pasko, Olga Yakimenko and Pavel Krasilnikov
Agriculture 2023, 13(10), 1901; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13101901 - 28 Sep 2023
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Arable Chernozems with high SOC contents have the potential to be significant sources of GHGs, and climate change is likely to increase SOC losses, making the issue of carbon sequestration in this region even more important. The prospect of maintaining SOC stock or [...] Read more.
Arable Chernozems with high SOC contents have the potential to be significant sources of GHGs, and climate change is likely to increase SOC losses, making the issue of carbon sequestration in this region even more important. The prospect of maintaining SOC stock or increasing it by 4‰ annually under planned management practice modifications for the period up to 2090 was evaluated using a long-term experiment on Haplic Chernozem in the Rostov Region, Russia. In this study, we used the RothC model to evaluate SOC dynamics for three treatments with mineral and organic fertilization under two adaptation scenarios vs. business-as-usual scenarios, as well as under two climate change scenarios. The correction of crop rotation and the application of organic fertilizers at high rates are essential tools for maintaining and increasing SOC stocks. These methods can maintain SOC stock at the level of 84–87 Mg∙ha−1 until the middle of the 21st century, as the first half of the century is considered to be the most promising period for the introduction of adaptation measures for the additional accumulation of SOC on Chernozems. Part of the additional accumulated SOC is expected to be lost before 2090. Full article
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