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Agricultural & Environmental Letters
Near-surface soil water content (SWC) and its spatial patterns are important for landscape hydrological responses to precipitation as well as our ability to remotely sense and model such responses. Our objective was to measure and evaluate near-surface SWC semivariograms of agricultural fields with newly imposed (i.e., <2 yr) side-by-side soil and residue management practices (i.e., reduced tillage systems and cover crops) in the midwestern United States. Range parameters were consistently smaller when cover crops were planted (20–25 m less) and tillage area and/or intensity was reduced (12–27 m less) compared with no cover crop and chisel plowing, respectively, except in a clayey Vertisol. Nugget and sill parameters did not have consistent trends across soil management practices or sites. These data, although brief and preliminary in scope, provide clear proof of concept that spatial pattern shifts can be clearly detected in newly imposed soil-management systems even though differences in SWC means are not always evident.
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American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America
Daigh, Aaron L. M.; Ghosh, Upasana; DeJong-Hughes, Jodi; and Horton, Robert, "Spatial Response of Near-Surface Soil Water Contents to Newly Imposed Soil Management" (2018). Agronomy Publications. 520.