Best land management practices are sets of methodologies designed to maximize production efficiency while minimizing environmental impact from crop production. They can include methods of minimizing dust production, use of non-conventional practices (such as application of biochar to farmland), irrigation management programs focus on quantifying crop water needs and developing efficient water delivery systems, and crop production programs to establish nutrient requirements. In the Southwest, it's critical to consider remediated mines or other disturbed areas for land management, as they require special attention for the presence of contaminants and heavy metals.

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Paul W. Brown

Emeritus Professor

Assistant Dean, Cooperative Extension

Associate Director, Programs

Research Scientist

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Karletta Chief

Full Professor and Specialist

Extension Specialist

Randy Norton

Director, Safford Agricultural Center

Associate Research Specialist

  • I focus on crop production and agricultural land management in our work in extension and outreach.

  • I focus on crop production, agricultural land management and irrigation management in our work in extension and outreach.
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