Soil moisture during the growing season is essential to obtain optimal yield. Optimal yield is affected by the availability of moisture as stored water in the soil profile or timely recharge during rain events. Soil texture, tillage practices, residue cover, drainage and weed control can play a significant role in soil moisture availability. Generally, the no-till system is the most effective practice in conserving soil moisture among other tillage systems, especially during dry periods in rain-fed agricultural areas.
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Al-Kaisi, Mahdi; Taylor, S. Elwynn; and Elmore, Roger W., "Soil Moisture Conditions and Crop Water Use" (2012). Integrated Crop Management News. 218.
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