Smart Fertilizer Management

Ebook - Essentials of Fertilization and Irrigation Management Courses


Fertilization and irrigation are the two most important practices in crop production. From this book you will learn both theory and practice. The book spans issues such as nutrient management in soils and in soilless culture, interpretation of soil test results, fertigation and more. The book is ideal for farmers, agronomists, students and anyone with passion for agriculture, who wishes to become a professional agriculturist. Author: Guy Sela, agronomist and an international expert in plant nutrition and irrigation.

Chapter 1 – Plant Nutrients

  • The Electrical Conductivity 
  • Can Mineral Nutrition Affect Plant Disease? 
  •  Plant Nutrients
  •  Mineral Nutrition and Plant Disease
  •  Understanding Plant Tissue Analysis
  •  Ammonium/Nitrate Ratio
  •  Phosphorus in Soil and Plants
  •  Potassium in Plants
  •  Potassium in Soil
  •  Calcium in Plants and Soil
  •  Magnesium in plants and soil
  •  Sulfur in plants and soil
  • Iron Nutrition in Plants
  • Zinc in plants
  • Boron in Plants
  • Chloride - an Essential Nutrient or Harmful Element?

Chapter 2 – Water Quality

  •  Irrigation Water Quality
  •  The Electrical Conductivity of Water
  •  Effect of the Electrical Conductivity on Plant Growth
  •  Water pH, Alkalinity and Buffering Capacity
  •  Effect of Water Salinity on Soil
  •  Managing Irrigation Water Quality Problems
  •  Testing Your Irrigation Water 
  •  Water Disinfection With Chlorine
  •  Chlorine Chemicals for Water Disinfection

Chapter 3 - Soils

  • Soil Chemical Analysis as a Tool for Evaluating Nutrient Availability
  • How to Manage Soil Fertility
  • How to Choose a Liming Material
  • Soil Acidity
  • Soil Chemical Analysis as a Tool for Evaluating Nutrient Availability
  • How to Interpret Soil Test Results
  • Understanding PPM in soil
  • Interpreting Soil Test Results - The Extraction Method
  • Soil Test Interpretation Guide
  • Cation Exchange Capacity of Soils
  • Cation-Anion Balance in Water and Soil
  • Soil Salinity
  • How to Prevent and Manage Soil Salinity
  • Sodic soils and their management
  • How to Raise Soil pH

Chapter 4 – Fertilizer Management

  •  Guidelines for Coffee Growing
  •  The 5 Common Fertilizer Management Mistakes Growers Make
  •  Giving Fertilizer Recommendations
  •  Optimizing Fertilizer Application Rates
  •  Timing and Frequency of Fertilizer Application
  •  Misuse of Nitrogen Fertilizers – Case Study
  •  Nitrogen Management
  •  Chelated Fertilizers and Their Use
  •  Visual Identification of Nutrient Deficiencies 
  •  Foliar Feeding
  •  Plug plants – Testing and Monitoring Nutritional Status

Chapter 5 – Fertigation and Hydroponics

  •  The Challenges of Growing in a Closed Hydroponic System
  •  Preparation of Fertilizer Stock Solutions for Fertigation
  •  Fertigation
  •  Fertigation Best Practices
  •  Fertilizer Solubility
  •  Fertilizer Injectors
  •  How to Calibrate & Test Your Fertilizer Injectors
  •  pH Adjustment in Fertigation and Hydroponics
  •  Hydroponic Systems
  •  Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions
  •  How to Balance Nutrient Solutions
  •  How to Successfully Choose Growing Media
  •  Physical Properties of Growing Media
  •  Fertility Management in Container Plants
  •  Boron in Plants

Chapter 6 – Irrigation

  •  Water Requirements of Crops
  •  Drip Irrigation Systems
  •  Clogging of Emitters in Drip Irrigation Systems
  •  Irrigation Scheduling Using Tensiometers
  •  Irrigation Management in Soilless Culture
  •  Irrigation Scheduling In Soilless Culture - Part II
  •  How to Prevent Clogging in Drip Systems

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