Soils and Soil Fertility, 6th Edition
February 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
Although fully updated, the text retains essential information on basic topics such as soil formation, soil chemistry, physical properties of soil, organic matter, mineralogy, and soil water movement and storage. It includes a detailed discussion of plant nutrients, their deficiency symptoms, and the fertilizers and soil amendments used to correct those deficiencies.
Troeh and Thompson make a special effort to provide a uniquely broad perspective, complementing the varied backgrounds and interests of today's students. Instructors and students will appreciate this broad-based approach and through coverage.
2 Soil Formation.
3 Physical Properties of Soils.
4 Soil Mechanics.
5 Soil Water.
6 Soil Organic Matter.
7 Soil Mineralogy.
8 Soil Chemistry.
9 Amending the Soil.
14 Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur.
15. The Micronutrients.
16. Variations in Plant Composition.
17 Soil Classification and Survey.
18 Land Use and Soil Management.
19 Water Management.
20 Soil Erosion and Its Control.
21 Soil Pollution.
Louis M. Thompson is Emeritus Associate Dean of Agriculture and Emeritus Professor of Agronomy, also at Iowa State University. Dr. Thompson based the early editions of Solis and Soil Fertility on thirty years of teaching at Texas A&M and iowa State University. He continued teaching seminars and returned to teach introductory soil science while in the position of Associate Dean of Agriculture. Since retirement, he has published several articles related to the effects of climatic cycles on crop yields.
"Soils and Soil Fertility by Troeh and Thompson would be an excellent textbook for soils and related classes. This is a very intelligent book full of supportive black and white illustrations within the text. Although designed as a textbook, gardeners and enthusiasts may enjoy reading this text for information and a better understanding of soil properties and soil fertility." Dr Lee Luckeydoo, Eastern New Mexico University in SIDA: Contributions to Botany Volume 22, Issue 1, 2006.