Soil Management and Tillage Practices for Growing Cotton Crop

  • Muhammad Arif AliEmail author
  • Fariha Ilyas
  • Subhan Danish
  • Ghulam Mustafa
  • Niaz Ahmed
  • Sajjad Hussain
  • Muhammad Arshad
  • Shakeel AhmadEmail author


For cultivation of crops, among all soil adaptive practices, tillage has been considered a fundamental crop-growing practice for centuries to clear and soften the soil. Due to changing climatic conditions and perturbation of resources, there is a need to implement soil adaptive practices and improve tillage practices to ensure security of food and guaranteed fiber production to achieve zero hunger. This chapter covers the influences of climate change and important soil adaptation and tillage practices especially for cotton crop. Our goal was to provide a framework regarding factors responsible for low cotton yield and soil adaptations that can improve cotton productivity. We attempt to highlight possible negative effects of climate change, i.e., high temperature, greenhouse gas emission, drought stress, salinity stress, insect/pest/disease attack, and primary techniques to mitigate climatic adverse effects on cotton crop. Keeping the current scenario, we suggest that advance research is still required to address the adverse effects of climate through better implementation of soil adaptations.


Tillage Field capacity Conventional Water use efficiency Soil water 



Air-filled porosity


Available water


Conventional tillage


Field capacity


Greenhouse gases


International Cotton Advisory Committee


Induced systemic resistance




No tillage


Nitrogen use efficiency




Permanent wilting point


Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


Water use efficiency


Water holding capacity


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Arif Ali
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fariha Ilyas
    • 1
  • Subhan Danish
    • 1
  • Ghulam Mustafa
    • 1
  • Niaz Ahmed
    • 1
  • Sajjad Hussain
    • 2
  • Muhammad Arshad
    • 3
  • Shakeel Ahmad
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  2. 2.Department of HorticultureBahauddin Zakariya UniversityMultanPakistan
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental Sciences and EngineeringNational University of Science and TechnologyIslamabadPakistan
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