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Soil and crop management

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As climate change impacts the Mekong River Delta through increased saline intrusion, drought and variable weather conditions, farmers are seeking alternative crops to rice for dry season production. These upland crops are required to grow in conditions where the salinity of irrigation water can exceed 4 g/L and dry season temperatures can reach over 35 degrees Celsius. Freshwater scarcity is becoming increasingly common throughout the dry season and difficult soil conditions such as acid sulfate soils, compaction and low fertility make choosing suitable upland crops difficult. The identification and implementation of alternative crops and associated management practices to rice includes multiple research phases including a literature review, glasshouse and greenhouse trials, plant screening, field trials and agronomic optimisation. 
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