Australian soil fertility manual / edited by J.S. Glendinning Glendinning, J.S

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Glendinning, J.S
Fertilizers - Australia - Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Soil fertility.; Soils.
  • Chapter 1: Concepts of soil fertility and productivity. Law of the minimum; essential elements; soil texture and structure; water availability; soil compaction; non-wetting sands; soil colloids; ionic activity; cation exchange capacity; anion retention; organic matter; soil depth; topography; soil organisms; nutrient balance; salt index
  • Chapter 2: Soil acidity, alkalinity and salinity. What is pH; factors affecting pH; measuring pH; lime requirement; reasons for using lime; desirable pH varies; how lime acts; frequency of lime application; liming materials; placement of lime; calcareous and sodic soils
  • Chapter 3: Nitrogen. The role of nitrogen; deficiency symptoms; nitrogen and water use efficiency; nitrogen in the soil and air, nitrogen transformations in the soil, nitrification.
  • denitrification; stabilizing nitrogen; nitrification and urease inhibitors; fixation of nitrogen; losses of nitrogen from the soil; nitrogen and soil acidity; sources of fertilizer nitrogen
  • Chapter 4. Phosphorus. The role of phosphorus; deficiency symptoms; phosphorus in the soil; movement of phosphorus in the soil; factors affecting availability of phosphorus; methods of application; sources of phosphorus fertilizer; fertilizer terminology
  • Chapter 5. Potassium. The role of potassium; deficiency symptoms; forms of potassium in the soil; movement of potassium in the soil; fertilizer potassium in the soil; factors affecting uptake of potassium; methods of application of potassium fertilizer; sources of potassium fertilizer
  • Chapter 6: Calcium, magnesium, sulfur.
  • Their role in plants; deficiency symptoms; their occurrence in the soil; sources of calcium, magnesium and sulfur; interaction of sulfur with nitrogen
  • Chapter 7: Micro-nutrients. Soil-plant relationships; boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, zinc and their application; sources of trace elements; factors affecting their availability
  • Chapter 8. Soil testing, plant and water analysis and diagnostic techniques. Soil, plant and water testing; what testing can do; collecting samples; methods of analysis; what tests to do; interpretation of analysis; laboratories; the complete diagnostician - putting it all together
  • Chapter 9: Fertilize for profits. Soil fertility and farmer profits; effects of reduced or below optimum fertilizer rates; setting yield goals; high yields, environmental protection; residual value of fertilizers.
  • profitability of fertilizer application; fertilizer budgeting; balanced use of fertilizer nutrients; mycorrhizae; crop diseases and rotations, nitrogen fertilizer and grain protein, organic fertilizers - Chapter IO. Plant nutrients and the environment. Water use efficiency; nutrients and the environment; soil acidification; soil salinity; fertilizer contaminants; intensive farming systems; benefits of profitable farming and environmental safety
  • Chapter 11. Heavy metals in fertilizers and agriculture. Effects on human health; cadmium in soils, plants, animals, human health.
  • effect of phosphorus fertilizers on soil cadmium; lead in soils, plants, food, and human health; mercury in fertilizers, soils, food and human health; heavy metals in fertilizer products
  • Chapter 12. Precision agriculture - an overview. Core technology; data acquisition; global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS) and differential global positioning systems (DGPS); variable rate application; field variability; getting started in precision agriculture.
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