guide explains the following topics: Weather and Crops Steven, Corn, Soybean,
Small Grains and Grain, Cropping Systems, Hay and Pasture, Water Quality,
Managing Soil pH and Crop Nutrients, Managing Nitrogen, Soil Management and
Tillage, Water Management, Weed Management, Managing Insect Pests, Managing
Diseases and Nematodes.
Author(s): University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Crop diversity is a key
tenet of sustainable agriculture. Having multiple crops that fill distinct
niches in an agro eco system improves the ability to manage weeds, diseases and
insect pests as well as potentially improving the environmental performance of
the cropping system. The goal was to write a book where as many different
existing studies as possible could be presented in a single volume, making it
easy for the reader to compare methods, results and conclusions.
aim of this book is to explain to the farm boy the facts about farming that have
puzzled him. There are many mysteries that are not mysteries to. the average
boy, for the simple reason that he has never recognized their existence. No
attempt is made in these pages to introduce the student to new mysteries except
such as are necessary in connection with a proper explanation of those he has
actually met in his experience on the farm. The primary idea underlying the book
is to enable the farm boy to understand the reasons for the things he has
observed but does not understand.
This book is intended as a sequel to the Elements of Agriculture,
being a larger and more complete work, containing fuller directions for the
treatment of the different kinds of soils, for the preparation of manures, and
especially for the drainage of lands, whether level,rolling, hilly, or springy.