Establishing an even distribution of crop residue while harvesting is critical in stopping soil erosion this coming fall, winter, and spring, and well into 2003, until next year's crop establishes a canopy. Any residue (straw, chaff, and even fine material) can reduce erosion by stopping rain-splash erosion, slowing and trapping runoff, and allowing for better water infiltration. But it has to be in place to do it.
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Hanna, H. Mark; Al-Kaisi, Mahdi; and Tidman, Michael J., "Equipment maintenance: time to check the combine" (2002). Integrated Crop Management News. 1745.
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