Evaluation of soil physical properties in a forage-corn intercropping in succession with soybean in the cerrado region

The intensive use of Cerrado soils for agricultural production coupled with an inadequate management has resulted in soil degradation. This created the need for the introduction of more sustainable systems such as no-tillage and crop-livestock integration. This study analyzed the effect of succession of corn+forage and soybean on soil physical properties. For this purpose, four forages (Brachiaria brizantha, B. ruziziensis, Panicum maximum cv. Tanzânia, and P. maximum cv. Áries), were sown in an intercropping trial with maize in three modalities (in the corn row mixed with fertilizer; broadcast at corn sowing; and broadcast in corn stage V4) and corn without intercropping (control), in the experimental area of UNESP, campus Ilha Solteira. Summer soybean was sown on the crop remains of previous treatments. To determine macro and microporosity, total porosity and bulk density soil was sampled twice, after the maize and after the soybean harvest. From the results, it was concluded that in Cerrado region, the crop succession improved soil macroporosity, total porosity and bulk density, regardless of the use of forages intercropped with maize.

conservation systems; tillage; crop succession; soil physics

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