Originally published in 1984. Without technical Jargon or a mass of confusing statistics, this book describes a wide range of factors influencing agricultural productivity including weather, soil biology and ecology, and human, social, economic and political factors. The ways in which these factors operate and interact with each other to produce the changing circumstances in which farmers take their decisions are discussed. These decisions are the crucial factors in every productivity problem and the authors suggest policy changes which could improve the chances of farmers making the best choices, not only for themselves but for the consumer and the community at large.
Preface. Introduction: The Types of Limiting Factor Part 1: The Meteorological Factor 1. Climate and the Effects of Weather 2. Cumulative Effects and Consequent Problems Part 2: The Land Factor 3. The Field and the Soil 4. Soil and Weather Interactions Part 3: The Biological Factor 5. The Allies 6. The Opponents 7. The Defences Part 4: The Human Factor 8. The Interested Parties 9. Technological Progress 10. The Farmer and The Farm 11. Knowledge 12. Information and Advice 13. Social, Political and Economic Factors Part 5: The Resultant Problem and Possible Solutions 14. Interactions Between Factors 15. The Important Decisions 16. The Way Ahead. Suggestions for Further Reading