Conservation systems: Benefits in managing drought and mitigating yield loss by improving soil quality
Soil conservation is essential to sustain soil quality and improve crop productivity. Soil quality indicators include improved water infiltration and storage, and adequate levels of available soil nutrients for plants and soil carbon. Droughts result from a deficiency of precipitation from statistically normal amounts that when extended makes precipitation inadequate to meet the demands for crop production. Therefore, agriculture is the first economic sector that is visibly impacted by drought because of lack of soil moisture, which affects soil nutrient cycling and crop productivity.