9780080342115

Towards Holistic Agriculture

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  • ISBN13:

    9780080342115

  • ISBN10:

    0080342116

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1987-07-30
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science

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Summary

This book explains the use of an ecological way of farming, with modern practical applications, to make the fullest use of land resources and the best utilization of available capital and labour. In analyzing the vital relationship between soil, plant, animal and man, the author discusses the best care of land itself, its components, grassland management and the most efficient use of crops to maximize yield, food quality and profitability without the extensive use of chemicals and without damaging the ecology. Widdowson also covers the holistic approach to animal farming, the welfare and health of poultry, cattle, sheep and goats, their nutritional needs through the various stages of their lives, and the best way to balance their diets.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Soil and Cultivations: Mineral fraction; Organic matter
Symbiotic fixation
Conversion of organic nitrogen to nitrate
Ethylene cycle
Bulk density of soil
Soil reconditioning tools
Keyline cultivation
Sources of Plant Nutrients: Fertilizers
Macro nutrients
Micro nutrients
Organic fertilizers
Mineral fertilizers
Plant nutrient loss
Pests and Diseases: Weeds
Pests
Plant diseases
Animal diseases
Fungicides and pesticides
Pesticides
Rotation and Crops
Grassland Management: General considerations
Establishment of grassland
Subsequent management
Seed mixtures
Grassland improvements
Animal Husbandry: Monogastrics
Ruminants
Animal Nutrition: Diets for monogastrics
Diets for ruminants
Some Other Considerations: Yield
Profitability
Food quality
Energy utilisation
Finite resources
Pollution and animal welfare
Labour usage
Epilogue
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Index
50 lit
refs., 13 illus
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