Soil Science and Management / Edition 6

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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.

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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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840024343
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Edition description: Lab Manual
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Author's Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Importance of Soil 1
Ch. 2 Soil Origin and Development 15
Ch. 3 Physical Properties of Soil 32
Ch. 4 Soil Water 55
Ch. 5 Water Conservation 73
Ch. 6 Drainage and Irrigation 89
Ch. 7 Life in the Soil 110
Ch. 8 Organic Matter 130
Ch. 9 Soil Fertility 146
Ch. 10 Soil pH and Salinity 165
Ch. 11 Plant Nutrition 190
Ch. 12 Soil Sampling and Testing 210
Ch. 13 Fertilizers 222
Ch. 14 Organic Amendments 244
Ch. 15 Tillage and Cropping Systems 259
Ch. 16 Horticultural Uses of Soil 277
Ch. 17 Soil Classification and Survey 298
Ch. 18 Soil Conservation 313
Ch. 19 Urban Soil 338
Ch. 20 Government Agencies and Programs 349
App. 1 Some Basic Chemistry 357
App. 2 Sedimentation Test of Soil Texture 361
App. 3 Soil Orders of the United States 362
App. 4 Soil Horizon Symbol Suffixes 365
App. 5 Land Evaluation 367
App. 6 Preferred Soil Characteristics for Selected Trees 372
Glossary 377
Index 393
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