Soil Science and Management (Spanish) Paperback – 8 Mar 2013
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1. The Importance of Soil. 2. Soil Origin and Development. 3. Soil Classification and Survey. 4. Physical Properties of Soil. 5. Life in the Soil. 6. Organic Matter. 7. Soil Water. 8. Water Conservation. 9. Drainage and Irrigation. 10. Soil Fertility. 11. Soil pH and Salinity. 12. Plant Nutrition. 13. Soil Sampling and Testing. 14. Fertilizers. 15. Organic Amendments. 16. Tillage and Cropping Systems. 17. Horticultural Uses of Soil. 18. Soil Conservation. 19. Urban Soil. 20. Government Agencies and Programs. Appendices. 1. Some Basic Chemistry. 2. Soil Orders of the United States. 3. Soil Horizon Symbol Suffixes. 4. Land Evaluation. 5. Preferred Soil Characteristics for Selected Trees. Glossary. Index.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
But the heart of the book, of course, is a look at what makes soil do its job, and that part of the book really helped fill in a lot of gaps in my education. I'm confident I'll make better choices in the garden now with this book's information under my belt. Yes, I would have preferred not to pay $180 for a used copy of a book, but none of the soil books geared to laymen that I've read so far have been worth their salt. So I guess a textbook is worth the higher price if it really delivers.
Although a great book, I traded it in because it is not good enough for everyday reference. It is set up for instruction not for reference. Also, the book contains many vaguely worded practice problems that were of zero help. Nevertheless, if you take a soil class and buy this book you will not be disappointed. Then, you can exclaim in a George C. Scott style voice, "Plaster, you Magnificent Professor, I Read your Book!"