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Soil Science & Management, 4E

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4th
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9780766839359

ISBN10:
0766839354
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
12/16/2002
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning
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Summary

Essential to the understanding of sustainable agriculture, the effect of human activity on soil, and the management of soil and water resources including soil nutrition and other influences, this is a solid reference and learning tool. Non-technical, and easy-to-understand, Soil Science and Management, 4E teaches the essentials of soils from the perspective of farmers, horticulturists, environmentalists, and others who are concerned about how soils work and how they are used most effectively. An emphasis on management and the sustainable use of soils and water resources make it especially relevant to these audiences. Nutrient management, best practices and relevant legal issues and government programs related to soil management make this book a popular addition to the bookshelves of farmers, horticulturists and government agricultural personnel alike.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Author's Acknowledgments x
The Importance of Soil
1(15)
Soil Shapes Human History
2(1)
Soil Is a Life-Supporting Layer of Material
3(1)
Soil Is a Medium for Plant Growth
4(3)
Soil: A Three-Phase System
7(2)
Agricultural Uses of Soil
9(1)
Nonagricultural Uses of Soil
10(2)
Land Use in the United States
12(1)
Soil Quality
12(4)
Soil Origin and Development
16(17)
The Soil Body
17(2)
Rocks and Minerals
19(2)
Parent Material
21(4)
Climate
25(1)
Organisms
25(1)
Topography
26(1)
Time
26(1)
Humans
27(1)
The Soil Profile
27(6)
Soil Classification and Survey
33(14)
Soil Classification
34(2)
Soil Survey
36(4)
Land Capability Classes
40(7)
Physical Properties of Soil
47(22)
Soil Texture
48(6)
Soil Density and Permeability
54(2)
Soil Structure
56(3)
Soil Consistence
59(1)
Soil Tilth
59(5)
Soil Pans
64(1)
Soil Temperature
64(1)
Soil Color
65(4)
Life in the Soil
69(20)
The Soil Food Chain and Carbon Cycle
70(1)
Microorganisms
71(4)
Distribution and Functions of Microorganisms
75(7)
Promoting Soil Organisms
82(2)
Soil Animals
84(5)
Organic Matter
89(15)
The Nature of Organic Matter
90(2)
Functions of Organic Matter
92(1)
Maintaining Soil Matter
93(4)
Nitrogen Tie-Up and Composting
97(2)
Organic Soils
99(3)
Organic Matter and Global Climate
102(2)
Soil Water
104(18)
How Plants Use Water
105(1)
Forces on Soil Water
106(3)
Types of Soil Water
109(2)
Water Retention and Movement
111(4)
How Roots Gather Water
115(2)
Measuring Soil Water
117(5)
Water Conservation
122(14)
The Hydrologic Cycle
123(1)
Water Resources in the United States
124(2)
Capturing Water in Soil
126(4)
Reducing Consumptive Use
130(2)
Water Quality
132(4)
Drainage and Irrigation
136(19)
The Importance of Drainage
137(1)
Wetland and Wet Soils
138(2)
Artificial Drainage
140(3)
Irrigation Systems
143(6)
Using Irrigation
149(2)
Water Quality
151(4)
Soil Fertility
155(18)
Plant Nutrients
156(2)
Sources of Elements in Soil
158(1)
Soil Colloids
159(6)
Cation Exchange
165(3)
Nutrient Uptake
168(5)
Soil pH and Salinity
173(23)
Soil pH
174(1)
Development of Soil pH
175(2)
Effects of pH on Plants
177(3)
Liming Soil
180(7)
Acidifying Soil
187(1)
Soil Salinity
188(8)
Plant Nutrition
196(19)
Nitrogen
197(5)
Phosphorus
202(2)
Potassium
204(3)
Secondary Nutrients
207(2)
Trace Elements
209(6)
Soil Sampling and Testing
215(11)
Why Test Soils?
216(1)
Soil Sampling
217(3)
Soil Testing
220(3)
Tissue Testing
223(3)
Fertilizers
226(19)
Fertilizer Materials
229(5)
Mixed Fertilizers
234(3)
Selecting Fertilizer
237(1)
Applying Fertilizer
237(5)
Fertilizer Effects on Soils
242(3)
Organic Amendments
245(13)
Animal Manure
246(4)
Biosolids
250(2)
Compost
252(2)
Fertilizer and the Environment
254(4)
Tillage and Cropping Systems
258(17)
Uses of Tillage
259(1)
Conventional Tillage
260(4)
Conservation Tillage
264(3)
Differences Between Conventional and Conservation Tillage
267(1)
Cropping Systems
268(2)
Dryland Farming
270(1)
Sustainable Agriculture
271(4)
Horticultural Uses of Soil
275(20)
Vegetable Culture
276(1)
Fruit Culture
277(2)
Nursery Field Culture
279(2)
Container Growing
281(4)
Landscaping
285(10)
Soil Conservation
295(23)
Erosion
296(2)
How Water Erosion Occurs
298(4)
Predicting Soil Loss: The Universal Soil Loss Equation
302(4)
Controlling Water Erosion
306(6)
Wind Erosion
312(6)
Urban Soil
318(12)
Characteristics of Urban Soils
319(3)
Modified and Structured Soils
322(1)
Urban Erosion
323(3)
Zero-Runoff Urban Sites
326(4)
Government Agencies and Programs
330(7)
USDA Agencies
331(2)
USDA Conservation Programs
333(2)
State and Local Efforts
335(2)
Appendix 1 Some Basic Chemistry 337(5)
Appendix 2 Sedimentation Test of Soil Texture 342(1)
Appendix 3 Soil Orders of the United States 343(1)
Appendix 4 Soil Horizon Symbol Suffixes 344(2)
Appendix 5 Land Evaluation 346(5)
Appendix 6 Preferred Soil Characteristics for Selected Trees 351(4)
Glossary 355(16)
Index 371


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