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Introduction to Agronomy: Food, Crops, and Environment, 2nd Edition

  • Craig C. Sheaffer University of Minnesota
  • Kristine M. Moncada University of Minnesota
  • ISBN-10: 1111312338  |  ISBN-13: 9781111312336
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • © 2012 | Published
  • List Price = $ 151.95
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About

Overview

This full-color introduction to agronomy and crop science offers both traditional agricultural students and students with nonagricultural backgrounds a timely look at the principles of crop science, sustainable agriculture, and a host of related societal issues. A must-read text for anyone interested in what are arguably the most profoundly important issues of our time, INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMY, second edition addresses the basics of safe and sustainable food and fiber production as well as big picture topics such as energy, ecology, and environmental quality. Throughout the text, readers will find information and illustrations on the latest agricultural methods, regulations, and practices--and how each is impacting our society and each individual within it.

Features and Benefits

  • The text's simplified, concise presentation of concepts related to crop science, agriculture and environmental quality helps readers understand the crop-based sources of their food and fiber, how the food production system works, and how these topics impact us as individuals.
  • The authors highlight the interconnection of food and agriculture--from the food that we consume to crop sources of food--and point out key changes in America's food consumption patterns.
  • The text demonstrates why farming is still one of our most important occupations and why the future of agriculture hinges on the widespread adoption and use of sustainable practices.
  • Critical Thinking Questions at the end of each chapter encourage learners to apply concepts discussed in their everyday lives, while Review Questions are provided to reinforce major points covered in the chapter.

Table of Contents

1. History of Agriculture.
2. Agriculture Today.
3. Feeding the World.
4. Classifying and Naming Crops.
5. Food and Energy from Plants.
6. Chemistry of Food and Plants.
7. Plant Anatomy and Morphology.
8. Plant Physiology and Growth.
9. Improving Plants.
10. Environment.
11. Agroecosystems.
12. Soils.
13. Cropping Systems.
14. Tillage and Crop Establishment.
15. Weeds.
16. Plant Disease and Insects.
17. Harvesting.
18. Organic Agriculture.
19. Crop Profiles: Grasses.
20. Crop Profiles: Legumes.
21. Crop Profiles: Other Crops.
Appendix I: Scientific and Common Names.
Appendix II: Metric Conversion Chart.
Appendix III: Bushel Weights.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • A NEW chapter devoted to the hot topic of organic agriculture includes information on organic regulations and practices.
  • This edition includes an expanded focus on agriculture to better represent the industry across the United States.
  • The all-NEW full color design features engaging photos and figures that greatly enhance the impact and usability of the textbook.
  • All data and tables have been updated with the most current statistics available for an up-to-the-minute look at American agriculture today.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Each chapter lays out the key concepts, key terms, review questions AND critical thinking. These are all important but the critical thinking is an area often overlooked."

— Randy Wells, NC State University

"I see this as a textbook that my students will actually read. A user-friendly text that would be suitable for freshman/sophomore college students. Although concise, I feel it still gives an adequately thorough discussion of key important topics for an introductory agronomy course. I really enjoy the author's writing style and approach in discussing topics. I appreciate the way the author takes complex topics and organizes the material so that the difficult concepts can be more easily understood."

— Rick Molenaar, Ridgewater College

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 1111312346 | ISBN-13: 9781111312343)

Now available online, Instructor Resources for INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMY include a pdf file of the Instructor's Manual, a text-specific Test Bank, and customizable PowerPoint slides.

Soil Science and Management  (ISBN-10: 1418038652 | ISBN-13: 9781418038656)

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 readers. Four-color illustrations have been added through-out the text, making it a much more visually appealing book. An eResource that includes an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint slides, and a testbank is available to assist instructors in organizing class material, and lesson plans. In addition, the text has an Instructor's Guide, Lab Manual, Lab Manual Instructor's Guide to accompany it. Lastly, a student Studyware CD-ROM has been created to allow students to self-test through the use of various games.

List Price = $300.95  | CengageBrain Price = $300.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $226.25

Fundamentals of Plant Science  (ISBN-10: 1418000817 | ISBN-13: 9781418000813)

The organization of topics, the depth and breadth of coverage and the incorporation of applied material throughout the book are all aimed at helping students learn. This approach for both majors and non-majors is more successful than a hierarchical organization: molecules, cells, tissues, organisms and ecology. The number and titles of the chapters in the book reflect its depth and breadth. Fundamentals of Plant Science contains 22 chapters ranging from the importance of plants to plants and ecology, to biomes, to reproduction, to energy conversions, to plant, soil and water, to genetics and biotechnology, to traditional crops, to ornamentals, to wood, to fruits and nuts, to pastures and grasses. Fundamentals of Plant Science helps every student develop an understanding of how plants, impact, grow, reproduce, and function. This understanding promotes informed decision making concerning the role of plants in a functional world.

List Price = $190.95  | CengageBrain Price = $190.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $143.75

Student Supplements

Soil Science and Management  (ISBN-10: 1418038652 | ISBN-13: 9781418038656)

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 readers. Four-color illustrations have been added through-out the text, making it a much more visually appealing book. An eResource that includes an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint slides, and a testbank is available to assist instructors in organizing class material, and lesson plans. In addition, the text has an Instructor's Guide, Lab Manual, Lab Manual Instructor's Guide to accompany it. Lastly, a student Studyware CD-ROM has been created to allow students to self-test through the use of various games.

List Price = $300.95  | CengageBrain Price = $300.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $226.25

Fundamentals of Plant Science  (ISBN-10: 1418000817 | ISBN-13: 9781418000813)

The organization of topics, the depth and breadth of coverage and the incorporation of applied material throughout the book are all aimed at helping students learn. This approach for both majors and non-majors is more successful than a hierarchical organization: molecules, cells, tissues, organisms and ecology. The number and titles of the chapters in the book reflect its depth and breadth. Fundamentals of Plant Science contains 22 chapters ranging from the importance of plants to plants and ecology, to biomes, to reproduction, to energy conversions, to plant, soil and water, to genetics and biotechnology, to traditional crops, to ornamentals, to wood, to fruits and nuts, to pastures and grasses. Fundamentals of Plant Science helps every student develop an understanding of how plants, impact, grow, reproduce, and function. This understanding promotes informed decision making concerning the role of plants in a functional world.

List Price = $190.95  | CengageBrain Price = $190.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $143.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Craig C. Sheaffer

Craig C. Sheaffer received his B.S. at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park before becoming a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, where he received the College of Food and Natural Resources distinguished teaching award in 2006. He has studied sustainable cropping systems for more than 30 years, focusing on the topics of forage production, pasture improvement, organic crop production, and bioenergy crops. He is particularly interested in using legumes such as alfalfa, kura clover, and Illinois bundleflower for livestock nutrition and soil conservation and to supply biologically fixed nitrogen for other crops. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society.

Kristine M. Moncada

Kristine M. Moncada is an assistant scientist in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, where she assists with research in organic agriculture and has helped develop a risk management guide for organic farmers. Kristine has a B.S. in ecology and an M.S. in applied plant sciences, both from the University of Minnesota. Her previous research has included characterizing the genetic diversity of native plants in Minnesota including purple prairie clover, spotted joe-pye weed, and prairie cord grass. She has also assisted in teaching undergraduate plant identification courses. She has co-authored two interactive computer-based learning modules--"Forage Legume Identification" and "Forage Legume Morphology"--for the Crop Advisor Institute at Iowa State University.