Special Issue "Crop Productivity and Energy Balance in Large-Scale Fields"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2023) | Viewed by 25128
Interests: weed management; sustainable crop production; field crop production; management practices
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Special Issue in Agronomy: Crop Productivity and Energy Balance in Large-Scale Fields II
As the extent and output of agriculture still grows to new global records, so does the awareness of societies on the multiple contributions of land ecosystems to human wellbeing. Modern theories of economic growth rely on the assumption that natural resources have to be used effectively and with a higher proportion of renewable resources in the process of satisfying consumer demand. In this regard, crop productivity in the large-scale field is the main strategy in global farming systems. Currently, large-scale farming systems have led to enhancing production but also caused substantial environmental degradation; as such, this enhanced production has mostly been based on expansion onto natural areas and greater use of external inputs and other forms of intensified use. In this regard, agroecology has developed and become most successful in small-scale family farming, which contributes roughly more than half of the food consumed by humans by one estimate, farming on <30% of the agricultural land. Large scale farming, which occupies the majority of the global agricultural area, is defined here as the highly mechanized, commercial cropping and livestock keeping activities that take place in privately owned or rented land by an individual farmer, company, or family enterprise. This sector is responsible for 70% of current deforestation, the largest share of agriculture and agricultural water use, and habitat disruption, resulting in biodiversity loss.
In this Special Issue, we aim to exchange knowledge on any aspect related to crop productivity and energy balance in large-scale fields, and to take stock of the knowledge available and identify key open research questions critical for the transition of large-scale farming systems to agroecology, from the realm of agronomy, ecology, and social sciences.
Dr. Meisam Zargar
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- crop productivity
- energy balance
- farming system