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Impact of Integrated and Conventional Plant Production on Selected Soil Parameters in Carrot Production

Anna Szeląg-Sikora (), Jakub Sikora (), Marcin Niemiec (), Zofia Gródek-Szostak (), Joanna Kapusta-Duch (), Maciej Kuboń (), Monika Komorowska () and Joanna Karcz ()
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Anna Szeląg-Sikora: Faculty of Production and Power Engineering, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 116B, 30-149 Kraków, Poland
Jakub Sikora: Faculty of Production and Power Engineering, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 116B, 30-149 Kraków, Poland
Marcin Niemiec: Faculty of Faculty of Agriculture and Economics, University of Agriculture in Krakow, al. Mickiewicza 21, 31-121 Kraków, Poland
Zofia Gródek-Szostak: Department of Economics and Enterprise Organization, Cracow University of Economics, ul. Rakowicka 27, 31-510 Krakow, Poland
Joanna Kapusta-Duch: Faculty of Food Technology, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 122, 30-149 Kraków, Poland
Maciej Kuboń: Faculty of Production and Power Engineering, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 116B, 30-149 Kraków, Poland
Monika Komorowska: Faculty of Biotechnology and Horticulture, University of Agriculture in Krakow, al. Mickiewicza 21, 31-121 Kraków, Poland
Joanna Karcz: Faculty of Production and Power Engineering, University of Agriculture in Krakow, ul. Balicka 116B, 30-149 Kraków, Poland

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 20, 1-13

Abstract: Currently, the level of efficiency of an effective agricultural production process is determined by how it reduces natural environmental hazards caused by various types of technologies and means of agricultural production. Compared to conventional production, the aim of integrated agricultural cultivation on commercial farms is to maximize yields while minimizing costs resulting from the limited use of chemical and mineral means of production. As a result, the factor determining the level of obtained yield is the soil’s richness in nutrients. The purpose of this study was to conduct a comparative analysis of soil richness, depending on the production system appropriate for a given farm. The analysis was conducted for two comparative groups of farms with an integrated and conventional production system. The farms included in the research belonged to two groups of agricultural producers and specialized in carrot production.

Keywords: soil fertility; integrated agricultural production; conventional agricultural production; management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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