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The control of soil erosion on the many farms where it is still a problem would not be difficult if it required only an understanding of the critical physical relationships between climate, topography, plant cover, water and soil as well as an ability to prescribe the proper engineering and agronomic measures for each situation. Soil losses, when greatly in excess of those produced by natural geological processes, result from the use of particular farming practices and cropping systems. While an understanding of the physical conditions which produce this erosion is essential, so is an understanding of the reasons that farmers choose the methods of farming which expose their soil to the hazard of heavy erosion losses.

Publication Date:

8-1962

Publisher:

Iowa State University. Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station

City:

Ames, IA

Disciplines:

Agriculture | Home Economics | Sociology

Soil erosion and some means for its control

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