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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
13. Cropping Systems.
14. Tillage and Crop Establishment.
16. Plant Disease and Insects.
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.
"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."
"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."
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Online Instructor Resources
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.