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Soil Science and Management 6th Edition

Edward Plaster

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2003, 1997
  • 544 Pages


Introduce a practical understanding of soil properties and the soil management techniques most important for the effective use of soils with SOIL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, 6E. This non-technical, reader-friendly book details all aspects of effective soil usage, including management techniques, composition, fertility, erosion, conservation,and irrigation. These topics are integrated into a practical guide to help readers better understand and manage soil as a natural resource. This edition highlights horticultural uses of soil as well as the latest green methodologies in both agricultural and horticultural practice. New content reflects the most recent science and environmental issues related to soil use, conservation, and sustainability. Updates related to nutrient management and best practices, legal issues, and government programs are also included. A complete support package for class preparation, testing and review includes a new CourseMate website that extends learning with interactive resources to further students' understanding and skills.

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 COVERAGE HIGHLIGHTS HORTICULTURAL USES OF SOILS. This edition places a greater emphasis on horticultural uses of soils, particularly those used in landscape horticulture. The book further emphasizes urban horticulture with detailed discussion on the biological, physical and chemical aspects of soils.
  • NEW CONTENT FOCUSES ON GREEN METHODOLOGIES IN BOTH AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURAL PRACTICE. Students are introduced to LEED building certification, and its relevance to soil use in construction. This edition also presents expanded content about soil in natural ecosystems and the relationship of soil to climate change. Students study organic and sustainable practices with added analysis on landscaping and on water conservation use.
  • ADDITIONAL COVERAGE AND UPDATES EXPLORE NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN GLOBAL WARMING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE. This edition prepares students to better understand soil use in today's changing environment. New topics cover environmental sustainability while additional content focuses on today's soil food web, landscape drainage and irrigation, and nutrients in various soil types.
  • THE LATEST DATA ON SOIL AND WATER USE IN THE U.S.ENSURES STUDENTS ARE LEARNING WITH THE MOST RECENT INFORMATION. This edition also presents new content related to the soil conservation titles and programs included in the latest farm bill.
  • NEW COURSEMATE INTERACTIVE WEBSITE AND COMPLETE SUPPLEMENTAL SUPPORT PROVIDE VALUABLE RESOURCES. Readers find critical, interactive learning aids to further their understanding of soil science and management with this edition's new interactive CourseMate website. CourseMate provides a full, interactive eBook, student review materials and Engagement Tracker to ensure student engagement.
  • THOROUGH COVERAGE EMPHASIZES PRACTICAL SKILLS. A reader-friendly approach ensures students develop the hands-on skills as well as complete understanding needed for effective soil management.
  • FULL-COLOR, VIVID PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS CLARIFY CONCEPTS. Dozens of new and updated images further exemplify and bring the book's concepts to life.
  • ROBUST APPENDICES PROVIDE AT-A-GLANCE RESOURCES. Useful appendices discuss basic science, offer a complete description of soil orders in the US, and discuss land evaluation, among other topics.
  • PEDAGOGICAL ELEMENTS ENHANCE STUDENT COMPREHENSION OF MATERIALS. Chapters begin with Terms to Know and learning objectives. A summary, review questions, and enrichment activities offer a recap of the content discussed in each chapter.
1. The Importance of Soil.
2. Soil Origin and Development.
3. Soil Classification and Survey.
4. Physical Properties of Soil.
5. Life in the Soil.
6. Organic Matter.
7. Soil Water.
8. Water Conservation.
9. Drainage and Irrigation.
10. Soil Fertility.
11. Soil pH and Salinity.
12. Plant Nutrition.
13. Soil Sampling and Testing.
14. Fertilizers.
15. Organic Amendments.
16. Tillage and Cropping Systems.
17. Horticultural Uses of Soil.
18. Soil Conservation.
19. Urban Soil.
20. Government Agencies and Programs.
1. Some Basic Chemistry.
2. Soil Orders of the United States.
3. Soil Horizon Symbol Suffixes.
4. Land Evaluation.
5. Preferred Soil Characteristics for Selected Trees.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285687841
  • ISBN-13: 9781285687841
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"I have had many soil textbooks cross by desk over the years. The Plaster text continues to be my favorite. It is user friendly, marrying theory and practical knowledge into one text. It is one that both students and professionals can turn to again and again as a great soils resource."

"This text discusses basic soil science principles and includes many references to horticulture and landscaping, making it appropriate for students in urban areas where traditional agriculture is not the norm. It is very user-friendly, with an easy to read style and many figures and color pictures illustrating concepts. I have used the book in my soil class at a community college since it was first introduced by the author and have not found anything that comes close to being as useful as this text."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Resource

ISBN: 9780840024367
The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.

Lab Manual

ISBN: 9780840024343
The Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your lab experience. Lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions are commonly found in a Lab Manual.

CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9780840024428
Engaging, trackable, and affordable, the new CourseMate website offers a variety of interactive teaching and learning tools. Assess student engagement in your course using CourseMate's new Engagement Tracker. Evaluate student preparation and engagement for the entire class or individual students. Identify students at risk early and uncover which concepts are most difficult. CourseMate also offers interactive quizzes, flashcards, videos, and an interactive eBook to address students' varied learning styles and help them review for tests and prepare for class.


Lab Manual

ISBN: 9780840024343
The Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your lab experience. Lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions are commonly found in a Lab Manual.

CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9780840024428
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.