Introduction to Agronomy: Food, Crops, and Environment (2nd Revised edition)

Introduction to Agronomy: Food, Crops, and Environment (2nd Revised edition)

By: Craig C. Sheaffer (author), Kristine M. Moncada (author)Hardback

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"Introduction to Agronomy, Second Edition" is a must-read text for students interested in what are arguably the most profoundly important issues of our time - from the basics of safe and sustainable food and fiber production to big picture topics such as energy, ecology, and environmental quality.

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Craig C. Sheaffer received his B.S. at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park before becoming a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, where he received the College of Food and Natural Resources distinguished teaching award in 2006. He has studied sustainable cropping systems for more than 30 years, focusing on the topics of forage production, pasture improvement, organic crop production, and bioenergy crops. He is particularly interested in using legumes such as alfalfa, kura clover, and Illinois bundleflower for livestock nutrition and soil conservation and to supply biologically fixed nitrogen for other crops. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society. Kristine M. Moncada is an assistant scientist in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, where she assists with research in organic agriculture and has helped develop a risk management guide for organic farmers. Kristine has a B.S. in ecology and an M.S. in applied plant sciences, both from the University of Minnesota. Her previous research has included characterizing the genetic diversity of native plants in Minnesota including purple prairie clover, spotted joe-pye weed, and prairie cord grass. She has also assisted in teaching undergraduate plant identification courses. She has co-authored two interactive computer-based learning modules--"Forage Legume Identification" and "Forage Legume Morphology"--for the Crop Advisor Institute at Iowa State University.


1. History of Agriculture. 2. Agriculture Today. 3. Feeding the World. 4. Classifying and Naming Crops. 5. Food and Energy from Plants. 6. Chemistry of Food and Plants. 7. Plant Anatomy and Morphology. 8. Plant Physiology and Growth. 9. Improving Plants. 10. Environment. 11. Agroecosystems. 12. Soils. 13. Cropping Systems. 14. Tillage and Crop Establishment. 15. Weeds. 16. Plant Disease and Insects. 17. Harvesting. 18. Organic Agriculture. 19. Crop Profiles: Grasses. 20. Crop Profiles: Legumes. 21. Crop Profiles: Other Crops. Appendix I: Scientific and Common Names. Appendix II: Metric Conversion Chart. Appendix III: Bushel Weights. Glossary. Index.

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  • publication date: 24/10/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781111312336
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 608
  • ID: 9781111312336
  • weight: 1320
  • ISBN10: 1111312338
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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