Diagnostic Techniques for Improving Crop Production

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An immensely helpful guide, Diagnostic Techniques for Improving Crop Production presents and discusses diagnostic procedures that growers, production managers, and consultants need to know in order to optimize conditions for growing crops and realizing maximum economic yields. This book gives readers diagnostic techniques that include both field methods and laboratory procedures, while its instructor?s manual helps professors of agriculture prepare growers for implementing techniques that lead to higher crop ...
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Overview

An immensely helpful guide, Diagnostic Techniques for Improving Crop Production presents and discusses diagnostic procedures that growers, production managers, and consultants need to know in order to optimize conditions for growing crops and realizing maximum economic yields. This book gives readers diagnostic techniques that include both field methods and laboratory procedures, while its instructor?s manual helps professors of agriculture prepare growers for implementing techniques that lead to higher crop quality and yield, lower unit costs, and less pollution from agricultural chemicals. Field procedures and sample selection for laboratory procedures are given in detail, while those techniques run in a laboratory are briefly outlined and evaluated in terms of effectiveness and cost.

Diagnostic Techniques for Improving Crop Production helps you learn how to provide ideal conditions for growth while eliminating or reducing stresses that can impair crop production. The book?s instructor?s manual helps you manage vast amounts of information and bring to life for your students key diagnostic procedures for evaluating chemical and physical characteristics of soil, seed vigor and purity, plant composition, crop maturity, water quality and timing of water applications, climactic conditions, and pest control. While most of the procedures deal with providing ideal conditions which help avoid problems, the final chapter discusses procedures useful in determining causes of poor crop performance, allowing you to correct problems before serious losses are sustained. By the end of this book, you will be much more skillful at determining the need and timing of fertilizers, water, and pesticides and able to reduce cost, waste, and harmful effects on the environment.

Diagnostic Techniques for Improving Crop Production is unique in that it provides not only useful diagnostic techniques but also norms for the various components responsible for optimum crop production. It emphasizes measurement of the components that affect crop yield and quality so the components can be altered when necessary to provide economical, ideal conditions for producing and marketing the crop. The book is a complete reference and guide for growers, farm and production managers, consultants, and extension personnel.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781560228585
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 General Considerations 3
Ch. 2 Physical Tests 21
Ch. 3 Chemical Tests 51
Ch. 4 Assessing Potential Performance of Seeds 103
Ch. 5 Plant Nutrition 107
Ch. 6 Maturity Indices 153
Ch. 7 Diagnosing the Need for Water 167
Ch. 8 Water Quality 193
Ch. 9 Measuring Flow Rates and Volume 215
Ch. 10 Identifying and Counting Pests 227
Ch. 11 Application of Pesticides 253
Ch. 12 Light 281
Ch. 13 Temperature 293
Ch. 14 Atmosphere 307
Ch. 15 Pollutants 315
Ch. 16 Wind Speed and Direction 329
Ch. 17 Appraising the Problem: Systematic Approach 335
Ch. 18 Appraising the Problem: Diagnoses 367
App. 1 Abbreviations and Symbols Used in This Book 381
App. 2 Important Soil, Plant, Water, and Fertilizer Elements and Ions with Symbols, Atomic, and Equivalent Weights 385
App. 3 Common and Botanical Names of Plants 387
App. 4 Useful Conversion Factors and Data 397
App. 5 Sources for Diagnostic Tests and Equipment 401
Index 409
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