It is a good time to measure crop residue, or the stems and stalks remaining from last year's crop. Crop residue provides a very important cover for the soil during this time of year, shielding soil particles from heavy rainfalls and erosion until crops can produce a protective canopy.
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Al-Kaisi, Mahdi; Hanna, H. Mark; and Tidman, Michael J., "Methods for measuring crop residue" (2002). Integrated Crop Management News. 1804.
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