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Organic farming is not only a philosophy, but also a well-researched science that combines soil fertility, plant pathology, entomology, and other biological and environmental sciences. Science and Technology of Organic Farming is a concise, readily applicable resource for understanding the scientific basis for organic farming and the technology required to achieve adequate yields through plant nutrition and protection. It provides the tools necessary to dispel hampering myths about organic farming so farmers -- regardless of their experience -- can strengthen their own growing practices. Emphasizes Foundations of Organic Farming -- Composting, Cover Crops, & Farm Manures Addressing relevant issues and concepts along with practical applications, chapters cover soil fertility and plant nutrition; individual plant requirements; liming; farm manures, green manures, and composts; mulching and tillage; and weed, insect, and disease control, as well as companion planting and storage. The text also includes more than 50 illustrations and a glossary with common technical and scientific terms used in conventional and organic agriculture.
This valuable reference is ideal for farmers, agricultural advisers, and soil and plant scientists -- in both academia and industry.
Allen V. Barker is a Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, where he has taught and conducted research on soil fertility and plant nutrition since 1964. He has taught a course in organic farming since 1972. He was born and reared on a crop and livestock farm in southern Illinois. He was educated in a one-room grade school and in a local public high school in Hamilton County. He received a BS degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Illinois and MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. His interests in soil fertility and plant nutrition arise from observations of the needs for improving the productivity and nutritional value of crops grown on poor soils.