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Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility Manual, 2E

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As soil and crop management procedures have become more complex, county agricultural agents, farm advisors, consultants, and fertilizer and chemical dealers have had to specialize in some aspect of soil fertility and crop management procedures, limiting their ability to provide a range of advice and services.  Most farmers and growers can no longer turn to just one source for the information and instruction needed to achieve their production goals.  

With more than 70 percent new material, the Second Edition of the Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility Manual discusses the principles determining how plants grow and the elements essential for successful crop production, with a focus on the principles of soil fertility and plant nutrition.  The book covers physical and chemical properties of soil, chemical and organic fertilizers, soil acidity and alkalinity, liming and liming materials, and micronutrients essential to plant growth.  It also describes elements toxic to plants, soil testing, and plant analysis.


Section I. Introduction and Basic Principles

1. Introduction

2. Soil fertility principles

3. Plant nutrition principles

4. The plant root

5. How to be a diagnostician

Section II. Physical and Physiochemical Characteristics of Soil

6. Soil taxonomy, horizontal characteristics, and clay minerals

7. Physical properties of soils

8. Physiochemical properties of soil

9. Soil pH: Its determination and interpretation

10. Soil organic matter

Section III. Plant Elemental Requirements and Associated Elements

11. Major essential plant elements

12. Micronutrients considered essential to plants

13. Elements considered beneficial to plants

14. Elements considered toxic to plants

15. Trace elements found in plants

Section IV. Methods of Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Assessment

16. Soil testing

17. Plant analysis and tissue testing

Section V. Amendments for Soil Fertility Maintenance

18. Lime and liming materials

19. Inorganic chemical fertilizers and their properties

20. Organic fertilizers and their properties

21. Fertilizer placement

22. Soil water, irrigation, and water quality

SectionVI. Methods of Soilless Plant Production

23. Hydroponics

24. Soilless rooting growing media

Section VII. Miscellaneous

25. Organic farming/gardening

26. Weather and climatic conditions

27. Best management practices (BMPs)

Four Appendices, Reference books and texts, References, Index.

J Benton Jones, Jr., 2012, 282 p, illustrated, soft.  (List: $79.95)  $74.95

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