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Acta Scientiarum. Agronomy

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SCHIMANDEIRO, Adriana; KANTELHARDT, Jochen  and  WEIRICH NETO, Pedro Henrique. Characterization of major crop management in the buffer zone of Vila Velha State Park, state of Paraná, Brazil. Acta Sci., Agron. [online]. 2008, vol.30, n.2, pp.225-230. ISSN 1807-8621.

The objective of this paper is to contribute to the implementation of less-impacting farming practices in environmentally sensitive areas. Vila Velha State Park is located in Campos Gerais, a region of high-technology agriculture. Typical farming systems in the park's buffer zone were identified in visits, and characterized in consultations with experts, agronomists, retailers and stakeholders. Three major systems (A, B and C) were described, considering the most common practices in crop rotation, choice of products and machinery operations for soybean and corn production. Systems A and B are characterized by high investment and technology level, though System A has more capital for investment. System C is typified by the use of service packages offered by commissioned retailers. Alternatives to mitigate environmental impact could potentially arise in experiments conducted in association with Farmers A and B, and through economic studies with Farmer C.

Keywords : corn; soybean; production systems.

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