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Soil Science and Management, fifth edition, emphasizes the human interaction with and effect on soils, rather than treating the soil as an independent element. Non-technical and easy-to-understand, Soil Science and Management, fifth edition teaches the essentials of soils from the perspective of farmers, horticulturalists, environmentalists and other who are concerned about how soils work and how they are used more effectively. An emphasis on management and the sustainable use of soil and water resources makes it especially relevant to these audiences. The inclusion of nutrient management, best practices and relevant legal issues and government programs make this text a practical application for students. The images have been updated and are now in full color, reinforcing the content contained in the text.

Edward Plaster, Dakota County Technical College, MN

Edward Plaster has taught horticulture and soil science for more than 30 years. He belongs to the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) and the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). A former ASHS Certified Professional Horticulturist, Professor Plaster remains active in several national and local trade organizations, certification and accreditation programs, including the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Professor Emeritus from Dakota County Technical College, Mr. Plaster continues to make professional presentations about soils to various organizations.
  • New photographic images, provided predominantly in color.
  • More thorough coverage of the calculations for application of lime.
  • Expanded coverage of the interaction of soils and climate change.
  • Expanded coverage of soils in natural ecosystems.
  • Expanded coverage of soil and water management in urban development.
  • Expanded descriptions of the soil orders compared to earlier editions.
  • Information and tables that make it a useful reference.
  • Provides a readable text suitable for easy comprehension of context.
  • Abundant color graphics to illustrate subjects being discussed are intertwined throughout the text.
  • Presents soil chemistry with an eye towards those that have not studied much chemistry, including an Appendix that discusses basic chemistry concepts.
Chapter 1: The Importance of Soil.
Chapter 2: Soil Origin and Development..
Chapter 3: Soil Classification and Survey.
Chapter 4: Physical Properties of Soil.
Chapter 5: Life in the Soil.
Chapter 6: Organic Matter.
Chapter 7: Soil Water.
Chapter 8: Water Conservation.
Chapter 9: Drainage and Irrigation.
Chapter 10: Soil Fertility.
Chapter 11: Soil pH and Salinity.
Chapter 12: Plant Nutrition.
Chapter 13: Soil Sampling and Testing.
Chapter 14: Fertilizers.
Chapter 15: Organic Amendments.
Chapter 16: Tillage and Cropping Systems.
Chapter 17: Horticultural Uses of Soil.
Chapter 18: Soil Conservation.
Chapter 19: Urban Soil.
Chapter 20: Government Agencies and Programs.
Appendix 1 Some Basic Chemistry.
Appendix 2 Soil Orders of the United States.
Appendix 3 Soil Horizon Symbol Suffixes.
Appendix 4 Land Evaluation.
Appendix 5 Preferred Soil Characteristics for Selected Trees.

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  • ISBN-10: 1418038652
  • ISBN-13: 9781418038656
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $226.25
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