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Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops, Third Edition
Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops, Third Edition
Covers all aspects of crop growth and mineral nutrition that contribute to sustainable, high-yield agriculture. Bringing together international scientific knowledge of crop production and the impacts of agriculture on the environment.
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By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach nine billion. To feed and sustain this projected population, world food production must increase by at least 50 percent on much of the same land that we farm today. To meet this staggering challenge, scientists must develop the technology required to achieve an "evergreen" revolution—one that increases crop productivity without degrading natural resources.

With 30 percent new material, the updated and revised third edition of Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops covers all aspects of crop growth and mineral nutrition that contribute to sustainable, high-yield agriculture. Bringing together international scientific knowledge of crop production and the impacts of agriculture on the environment, this book:

  • Includes two new chapters on remediation of heavy-metal contaminated soils and cover crops
  • Covers theoretical and practical aspects of mineral nutrition of field crops
  • Provides recommendations for judicious use of fertilizers, which will reduce cost of crop production and enhance high crop yields without risking environmental pollution
  • Provides growth patterns for annual crops and forages
  • Includes a handful of color pictures of nutrient deficiencies for easy diagnostic purposes

To make the book as practical as possible, each chapter is supported by experimental results and extensive references. A large number of figures and tables are also included to save readers time when researching. The overall emphasis of this reference is on the soil’s ability to sustain high crop yields and a healthy human population.

  • Examines climate-soil-plant interrelationships governing the nutritional and growth aspects of cereal, legume, pasture, and cover crops
  • Includes two new chapters on remediation of heavy metal contaminated soils and cover crops
  • Presents strategies to improve crop yields and quality without degradation of natural resources
  • Covers diagnostic techniques for nutritional orders including soil testing, plant analysis, visual symptoms, crop growth responses, and correction of nutrient disorders
  • Contains simulation models of crop growth and soil fertility

Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops, Third Edition

Chapter 1: Field Crops and Mineral Nutrition

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Field Crops
1.3 Mineral Nutrition
1.4 Summary

Chapter 2: Factors Affecting Production of Field Crops

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Environmental Factors
2.3 Summary

Chapter 3: Nutrient Flux in Soil–Plant System

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Nutrient Supply to Plant Roots
3.3 Ion Absorption by Plants
3.4 Summary
Appendix 3.A

3.A.1 Preparation of FeEDDHA Solution
3.A.2 Preparation of FeHEDTA Solution
3.A.3 Preparation of FeEDTA Solution

Chapter 4 Diagnostic Techniques for Nutritional Disorders

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Soil Testing
4.3 Plant Analysis
4.4 Visual Symptoms
4.5 Crop Growth Response
4.6 Correction of Nutrient Disorder
4.7 Summary

Chapter 5: Nutrient Management of Degraded Soils

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Definitions of Soil Degradation and Sustainable Soil Management
5.3 Processes and/or Factors of Soil Degradation
5.4 Summary

Chapter 6: Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Adequate and Toxic Levels of Essential and Nonessential Heavy Metals in Soil and Plant Tissues of Principal Food Crops
6.3 Tolerable Levels of Heavy Metals in Soil, Water, and Food Crops for Human and Animal Consumption
6.4 Heavy Metals Remediation Techniques
6.5 Summary

Chapter 7: The Effects of Essential Nutrients on Plant Diseases

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Nitrogen
7.3 Phosphorus
7.4 Potassium
7.5 Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur
7.6 Micronutrients
7.7 Summary

Chapter 8: Wheat and Barley

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
8.3 Growth and Development
8.4 Nutrient Requirements
8.5 Summary

Chapter 9: Rice

9.1 Introduction
9.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
9.3 Growth and Development
9.4 Yield and Potential Yield
9.5 Yield Component Analysis
9.6 Grain Harvest Index
9.7 Nutrient Requirements
9.8 Lowland Rice
9.9 Management of Phosphorus in Lowland Rice
9.10 Management of Potassium in Lowland Rice
9.11 Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur
9.12 Management of Micronutrients in Lowland Rice
9.13 Nutrient Concentration and Uptake
9.14 Iron Deficiency and Toxicity in Lowland Rice
9.15 Salinity
9.16 Summary

Chapter 10: Corn

10.1 Introduction
10.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
10.3 Growth and Development
10.4 Yield and Yield Components
10.5 Nutrient Requirements
10.6 Summary

Chapter 11: Sorghum

11.1 Introduction
11.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
11.3 Growth and Development
11.4 Yield and Yield Components
11.5 Nutrient Requirements
11.6 Summary

Chapter 12: Soybean

12.1 Introduction
12.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
12.3 Growth and Development
12.4 Yield Components
12.5 Major Yield-Determining Physiological Parameters
12.6 Nutrient Requirements
12.7 Summary

Chapter 13 Common Bean and Cowpea

13.1 Introduction
13.2 Common Bean
13.3 Cowpea
13.4 Summary

Chapter 14 Peanut

14.1 Introduction
14.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
14.3 Growth and Development
14.4 Yield Components
14.5 Nutrient Requirements
14.6 Summary

Chapter 15 Sugarcane

15.1 Introduction
15.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
15.3 Growth and Development
15.4 Crop Culture
15.5 Summary

Chapter 16 Cassava and Potato

16.1 Introduction
16.2 Cassava
16.3 Potato
16.4 Summary

Chapter 17 Cotton

17.1 Introduction
17.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
17.3 Growth and Development
17.4 Yield and Yield Components
17.5 Nutrient Requirements
17.6 Summary

Chapter 18 Forage

18.1 Introduction
18.2 Growth and Development
18.3 Grass–Legume Mixtures
18.4 Nutritive Value
18.5 Nitrogen Fixation
18.6 Nutrient Requirements
18.7 Summary

Chapter 19 Cover Crops

19.1 Introduction
19.2 Climate and Soil Requirements
19.3 Response to Abiotic and Biotic Factors
19.4 Beneficial Effects of Cover Crops
19.5 Strengths and Limitations
19.6 Management and Fertilizer Requirements
19.7 Strategies for Success in Cover Crop Establishment

"...well written and illustrated with excellent figures...includes a lot of important data...[and] clear and concise definitions...recommended as a first reference...would also be an excellent textbook. "
—Journal of Plant Physiology

Publish Date: 2010
Format: 10" x 7" hardcover
Pages: 586
Publication Weight: 4 lbs

Nand Kumar Fageria, Virupax C. Baligar and Charles Allan Jones

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