The Solar Corridor Crop System

The Solar Corridor Crop System

Implementation and Impacts

1st Edition - June 12, 2019

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  • Editors: C. LeRoy Deichman, Robert Kremer
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128147924
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128147931

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The Solar Corridor Crop System: Implementation and Impacts presents a case-study format on the planning and implementation of alternative cropping systems designed to maximize incident sunlight and bio-support of all crops in a rotation system. The book describes the basic component of the system, an increased access point of incident sunlight between each row or pairs of rows that enables a more uniform vertical distribution of incident sunlight to chloroplasts within the entire corn leaf canopy. While the production environment and environment specific genetics determine the performance potential of this principle, by maximizing the principles that light is basic to crop yield, a solar corridor ultimately contributes to increased grain yield. Written by experts who were integral in the development of solar corridor systems, and providing real-world examples of the methods, challenges and future prospects, this book will be valuable for those seeking to increase yield-per-acre through both primary and cover-crops.

Key Features

  • Introduces readers to the concept of alternative row-cropping and its implementation
  • Presents real-world experience, including challenges and solutions
  • Encourages research in maximizing photosynthesis impact on crop yield


Agronomic Researchers, Students, Farmers, Consultants, Crop Input Suppliers, Extension Personnel

Table of Contents

  • 1. Crop production: Solar radiation and carbon dioxide as fundamental components for growth and economic yields
    2. Crop production: Planting arrangement, plant density, and varietal selection for high yields
    3. Water-use efficiency in cropping systems
    4. Alternative cropping systems and impacts on rural community development and food deserts
    5. The solar corridor concept and setting goals to double corn yield
    6. The solar corridor: site-specific production environment
    7. The solar corridor: varietal selection and optimum plant populations for the production environment
    8. The solar corridor: selecting and establishing floor crop cultivars
    9. Soil quality benefits of the solar corridor crop production system
    10. Fine tuning the solar corridor crop production system for production environments
    11. Solar corridor crop production and benefits to mankind and Earth
    12. A practical guide for setting up the solar corridor adaptable to any crop production system
    13. The unprecedented opportunity

Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: June 12, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128147924
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128147931

About the Editors

C. LeRoy Deichman

C. LeRoy Deichman, Interdisciplinary Corn Production Agronomist, Deichman Consulting Deichman’s primary agronomic interests lie in 1.)interactions and resulting synergies within and between the corn production environment and the phenotypes that express it, 2.) the most limiting factors in state of the art corn production and 3.) an innovative vision for what lie ahead. e.g. Deichman and Murrell and Deichman and Barrett, ‘77 and ‘78, respectively identified synergies between specific soil fertility parameters and specific genetics, setting the stage for subsequent work that has since come forth on the subject. Deichman and Warsaw, ‘88 did the same for the solar Corridor’s specific light enriched production environment. Initially with clients of Deichman Consulting, Deichmann Maize Research,Inc. and Maize Research Unlimited, respectively, Deichman directed the seminal research on the SCCS and holds the Core Patent and 4 synergistic patent applications pending submission.

Affiliations and Expertise

Interdisciplinary Corn Production Agronomist, Deichman Consulting

Robert Kremer

Robert J. Kremer is an Adjunct Professor, Environmental Soil Microbiology, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO Dr. Kremer’s primary research area is the relationship among soil properties, plant growth, and soil microorganisms as influenced by crop and soil management practices. Management under sustainable (agroforestry, cover cropping, inter-cropping, organic), conventional agriculture (including genetically-modified crops), and grassland restoration systems is assessed for effects on soil quality using microbial, chemical, and physical parameters as indicators. Impacts of xenobiotics (pesticides, antibiotics) on soil biology and soil health are evaluated and management for reducing detrimental effects are developed. Soil microbial properties with beneficial and detrimental effects on plant growth, including weed and pathogen biological control potential are examined.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

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