By now, many producers have completed a great deal of this year's planting, and that means it is a good time to measure crop residues--the stems and stalks remaining from last year's crop. Last year's crop residue provides the most important cover for the soil during this critical time of year, shielding soil particles from erosion until crops can produce a protective canopy.
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Tidman, Michael J. and Miller, Gerald A., "Measure your crop residue" (1999). Integrated Crop Management News. 2167.
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