First published in 1990, this new handy guide book is a "quick reference" to a variety of topics pertaining to soils, and to the production and use of plants and animals. Emphasis has been devoted to basic considerations in plant adaptation, soils, seeds, major field crops, and selected aspects of animal science. A reasonable amount of background information on most topics selected for inclusion is furnished, providing the reader with critical information on the subject matter presented, in the absence of access to other source materials. Attention has been given to the inclusion of both common and scientific plant names, various conversion tables, tabular material used in the interpretation of certain statistical tests, and a glossary, albeit abridged, of terms encountered in the improvement and management of soils, plants, and animals.
Table of Contents
Climatic Factors. Soil - Classification. Soil - Structure and Composition. Soil - Acidity. Soil - Salinity. Soil - Organic Matter and N2 Fixation. Soil - Sewage Sludge. Soil - Nutrient Uptake. Soil - Commercial Fertilizers. Plant - Names and Distribution. Plant - Seeds and Seed Certification. Plant - Seeding Rates. Plant - Environment. Plant - Water Stress and Irrigation. Plant - Productivity. Plant - Roots. Tillage and Rotations. Pests and Pest Losses - Plants. Pests and Pest Losses - Animals. Horticultural Crops. Oilseeds. Cereal Grains - Properties and Composition. Wheat - Composition and Feeding. Triticale - Composition and Feeding. Oats and Wild-Rice. Sorghum - Composition and Feeding. Corn - Composition and Feeding. Grain - Drying. Seed - Conditioning. Forage - Harvesting and Feeding. Forage - Dehydrated. Leaf Protein. Roughages. Silage Crops. Sugar Crops and Tobacco. Animal - Reproduction. Animal - Feeding. Animal - Environment. Beef Cattle. Dairy Cattle. Swine. Sheep. Poultry. Meat, Milk and Eggs. Comparative Productivity. Conversion Factors. Statistical Tables. Glossary.