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Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Agriculture

1st Edition

By James F. Power, Rajendra Prasad

CRC Press

384 pages

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Hardback: 9781566702546
pub: 1997-06-30
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Sustainability of agricultural systems is a major global concern due to population growth and a number of environmental factors. This book addresses the key to the development of sustainable agriculture-management of soil fertility. Combining data from temperate and tropical regions, it presents a complete picture of how various soils can best be managed under widely different environmental conditions.

Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Agriculture is an excellent reference for environmental and agricultural professionals as well as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for a career in agriculture or soil fertility management.


"For all agricultural library collections."


Table of Contents


Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Goals

Factors Determining Sustainability

Soil Fertility

Essential Plant Nutrients

Criteria for Essentiality

Basis for Classification of Nutrients as Primary, Secondary, and Micronutrients

Primary Nutrients, Secondary Nutrients, and Micronutrients

Functions of Essential Nutrients in Plants

Soil the Sustainer

Soil Organic Matter

Soil Water

Soil Air

Soil Mineral Matter

Soil Colloids

Soil Living Organisms

Soil Colloids

Clay Minerals

Oxide Minerals

Organic Matter

Humus, Its Structure and Properties

C:N Ratio

Factors Affecting the Organic-Matter Content of Soils

Soil Acidity


The pH Concept

Determination of Soil pH

Active and Potential Acidity

Buffering Capacity

Nature of Soil Acidity

Factors Affecting Soil Acidity

Soil pH and Crop Production

Lime Requirement

Liming Materials

Fineness of Limestone

Soil Salinity and Sodicity

Coverage and Special Features

Criteria for Determining Salinity/Sodicity


Reclamation and Management of Saline Soils

Crop Production on Saline Soils

Reclamation and Management of Sodic Soils

Crop Production on Sodic Soils


Soil Organic N

Mineralization of Soil Organic Nitrogen

Factors Affecting Nitrification

Nitrogen Immobilization

Ammonium Fixation (Nonexchangable Ammonium)

NH4 vs. NO3- Nutrition of Plants

Biological Nitrogen Fixation

Nitrogen Fertilizers or Industrial Nitrogen Fixation

Efficient Nitrogen Management

Increasing N Use Efficiency

Nitrogen Availability Indices

Nitrogen-Deficiency Symptoms


Soil Phosphorus

Phosphate Retention or Fixation in Soil

Factors Affecting the Retention of Phosphorus by Soil

Phosphate Fertilizer Reaction Products in Soil

Intensity (I) and Quantity (Q) Factors in Phosphorus Availability

Soil Testing for Phosphorus

Phosphorus-Deficiency Symptoms in Plants

Phosphate Fertilizers

Efficient Phosphate Management


Forms of Soil Potassium

Quantity/Intensity Relationships

Potassium Fixation

Leaching of Potassium

Potassium Fertilizers

Efficient Use of Potassium Fertilizers


Sulfur in Soils

Sulfur and Its Oxidation

Oxidation of Pyrites

Assessing S Needs of Soil

Sulfur Deficiency Symptoms in Plants

Sulfur Needs of Crops

Sulfur Fertilization

Calcium and Magnesium

Calcium and Magnesium in Soil

Factors Affecting the Availability of Calcium and Magnesium in Soils

Leaching of Calcium and Magnesium

Determining Available Calcium and Magnesium

Calcium and Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Calcium and Magnesium Amendments

Iron and Manganese

Amounts and Forms of Iron and Manganese

Soil Solution Iron and Manganese

Factors Affecting Iron and Manganese Availability

Soil Tests for Iron and Manganese

Deficiency Symptoms of Iron and Manganese

Toxicity Symptoms of Iron and Manganese

Iron and Manganese Fertilizers

Copper and Zinc

Amounts in Soil

Forms of Copper and Zinc in Soils

Factors Affecting the Availability of Copper and Zinc

Soil Tests for Copper and Zinc

Deficiency Symptoms in Plants

Copper and Zinc Fertilizers

Boron and Molybdenum




Chlorine in Soils

Addition of Chlorine to Soils

Testing Soils for Chlorine Deficiency

Chlorine Deficiency Symptoms

Chlorine Toxicity Symptoms

Interactions with Other Nutrients

Chlorides and Plant Diseases

Crop Responses to Chloride Fertilization

Chloride Fertilizers

Beneficial Elements






Vanadium, Lanthanum, and Cerium

Nutrient Interactions


Interactions of Primary Macronutrients

Interactions of Micronutrients

Organic Manures

Crop Residues

Animal Manures


Organic Farming

Integrated Nutrient Management

Cropping Systems, Soil Fertility, and Fertilizer Use

Legumes in Crop Rotations

Intercropping Systems

Intensive Cropping Systems and Soil Fertility

Fertilizer Application in Cropping Systems


Each chapter contains References.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General