Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility Manual, Second Edition
J. Benton Jones, Jr.
Provides detailed information on the nutrient element requirements of 143 crop and ornamental plants
Focuses on the basic principles of plant nutrition-perfect for students as well as farmers, crop consultants, plant growers, and fertilizer dealers
Discusses each essential element of plant nutrition individually, making it easy to find specific information
Covers methods of plant analysis in sufficient detail to guide readers in selecting the best techniques
Provides a list of references by chapter as well as a list of suggestions for further reading
Includes an appendix with definitions used throughout the text
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 nutrition 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 over 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.
The topics and discussion in this self-contained book are practical and user-friendly, yet comprehensive enough to cover material presented in upper-level soil and plant science courses. It allows practitioners with general background knowledge to feel confident applying the principles presented to soil/crop production systems.