Building SoilS FoR BetteR CRopS / SuStainable Soil management

Ladies & Gents,

http://www.northcentralsare.org/Educational-Resources/Books/Building-Soils-for-Better-Crops-3rd-Edition

This book may be of use to all those who are interested in sustainable agriculture (or better still, sustainable way of living). I have tried to attach the pdf version of the book though the forum threw me out because of size issues. So attaching the link, hope you find it useful. This book is available as a free download (online version only) so there are no copyright infringement issues. The TOC is attached below for you to go through it before you actually download the file (around 14 megs).

PS: special thanks to cowherd, chandra and kjohri for all their contributions to the forum

Introduction … xi
PART ONE OR GANIC MATTER —THE KEY TO HE ALTH Y SO ILS
1 Healthy Soils… 3
2 Organic Matter: What It Is and Why It’s So Important… 9
3 Amount of Organic Matter in Soils… 23
4 The Living Soil… 37
PART TWO PHYSICAL PRO PERT IES AND NUTR IENT CYCLES
5 Soil Particles, Water, and Air… 49
6 Soil Degradation: Erosion, Compaction, and Contamination… 57
7 Nutrient Cycles and Flows… 69
PART THREE ECO LOGICAL SO IL MANAGEMENT
8 Soil Health, Plant Health, and Pests… 77
9 Managing for High-Quality Soils: Organic Matter, Soil Physical Condition, Nutrient Availability… 87
10 Cover Crops… 101
11 Crop Rotations… 115
12 Animal Manures for Increasing Organic Matter and Supplying Nutrients… 129
13 Making and Using Composts… 141
14 Reducing Erosion and Runoff… 153
15 Preventing and Lessening Compaction… 161
16 Reducing Tillage… 173
17 Managing Water: Irrigation and Drainage… 187
18 Nutrient Management: An Introduction… 203
19 Management of Nitrogen and Phosphorus… 213
20 Other Fertility Issues: Nutrients, CEC, Acidity, and Alkalinity… 227
21 Getting the Most from Routine Soil Tests… 235
PART FOUR PUTT ING IT ALL TO GETHER
22 How Good Are Your Soils? Field and Laboratory Evaluation of Soil Health… 257
23 Putting It All Together… 267

regards,
Brijesh

Nice find, Brijesh; added to your reputation! :slight_smile:
This resource would be a good start for a wiki page on soil management.
farmnest.com/Soil+Management

thanks

this book provides a good starting point or a TOC to everyone who is interested in understanding soil or earth. as one progresses through these books they can look up key areas of interest on the internet for added information. one has to take relevant approaches in these areas and apply it to their land based on the local and agro climatic conditions and keep on experimenting

some people on the forum e.g. cowherd will have first hand practical views on the information in this e-book and what is the reality as opposed to literature and study

if anyone wants more info on soil / earth the following links can be useful for information (not decisions)

Soil
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil
Soil Ecology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_ecology
Soil Management
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_management
Soil Management Practices
http://soilquality.org/management/soil_management_practices.html
Soil Food Web
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_food_web
Soil Biology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_biology
Soil Salinity Control
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_salinity_control
Nitrification
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrification
Nitrogen Cycle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_cycle
Soil Life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_life
Nitrogen Fixation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_fixation
Soil Conservation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_conservation

for all those who are debating and thinking about the pros and cons of different methods of cultivation and try to make decisions on the basis of for or against arguments, here is something which kind of explains the central theme (this is not an original quote by me, all credit to the person who wrote it)
[size=60]Ecology (from Greek: ο[/size][size=60][font=Tahoma]ἶ[/font][/size][size=60]κος, “house”; -λογία, “study of”) is the study of the relations that living organisms have with respect to each other and their natural environment.[/size]