Towards Holistic Agriculture
A Scientific Approach
- R.W. Widdowson, Bourne, Lincolnshire, UK
For all those interested in organic farming and its implications for modern agricultural practices.
- Published: July 1987
- Imprint: PERGAMON
- ISBN: 978-0-08-034211-5
Easy to read, this book should be in all agricultural schools as an alternative to currently traditional agriculture.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Soil and Cultivations: Mineral fraction; Organic matter. Symbiotic fixation. Conversion of organic nitrogen to nitrate. Ethylene cycle. Bulk density of soil. Soil reconditioning tools. Keyline cultivation. Sources of Plant Nutrients: Fertilizers. Macro nutrients. Micro nutrients. Organic fertilizers. Mineral fertilizers. Plant nutrient loss. Pests and Diseases: Weeds. Pests. Plant diseases. Animal diseases. Fungicides and pesticides. Pesticides. Rotation and Crops. Grassland Management: General considerations. Establishment of grassland. Subsequent management. Seed mixtures. Grassland improvements. Animal Husbandry: Monogastrics. Ruminants. Animal Nutrition: Diets for monogastrics. Diets for ruminants. Some Other Considerations: Yield. Profitability. Food quality. Energy utilisation. Finite resources. Pollution and animal welfare. Labour usage. Epilogue. Appendix I. Appendix II. Appendix III. Index.
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