Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Review article
 | Highlight paper
04 Jan 2023
Review article | Highlight paper |  | 04 Jan 2023

Soil and crop management practices and the water regulation functions of soils: a qualitative synthesis of meta-analyses relevant to European agriculture

Guillaume Blanchy, Gilberto Bragato, Claudia Di Bene, Nicholas Jarvis, Mats Larsbo, Katharina Meurer, and Sarah Garré


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-270', Anonymous Referee #1, 10 Jun 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Sarah Garré, 25 Jul 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-270', Anonymous Referee #2, 23 Jun 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Sarah Garré, 25 Jul 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (07 Aug 2022) by Jose Alfonso Gomez
AR by Sarah Garré on behalf of the Authors (02 Sep 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (17 Oct 2022) by Jose Alfonso Gomez
ED: Publish as is (20 Oct 2022) by John Quinton (Executive editor)
AR by Sarah Garré on behalf of the Authors (25 Oct 2022)  Manuscript 
Executive editor
I think the paper contains some important messages for the management of soil water that have widespread implications
Short summary
European agriculture is vulnerable to weather extremes. Nevertheless, by choosing well how to manage their land, farmers can protect themselves against drought and peak rains. More than a thousand observations across Europe show that it is important to keep the soil covered with living plants, even in winter. A focus on a general reduction of traffic on agricultural land is more important than reducing tillage. Organic material needs to remain or be added on the field as much as possible.