Fertilisers have changed the face of Australian agriculture. They have allowed us to grow a wide range of crops and pastures in our mostly infertile soils.
Fertilisers not only increase the yield of crops and pastures—the quality of produce is improved as well. Of course, in Australia, we still have to contend with a major limiter of plant growth: our variable climate.
There is now a huge range of fertiliser recipes for crops, pastures, vegetables, tree crops and vines. And fertilisers come in many forms: pellets, granules, powders, gases and liquids are all available. What you will read in this book is how to use fertilisers to improve production on your farm using proven scientific principles. Includes details on nitrogen, phosphorus and other essential nutrients, chapters on acid soils, testing, choosing and costing fertilisers, and the role of organic fertilisers.
The AgGuide series provides an indispensable collection of resources for modern farming.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About this book
1 Fertilisers—the basics
2 Agriculture finds a friend in fertiliser
3 What plants want
4 Acid soils and the pH connection
5 Nitrogen for quality
6 Phosphorus: the wonder drug
7 Other essential nutrients
8 Tests for nutrients
9 Costing fertilisers
10 Organic fertilisers
11 Fertilisers and soil health
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Brouwer lectured in Agronomy at Tocal College for 15 years before developing a course in Conservation and Land Management for external students. He has run external diploma studies in agriculture and land management for almost 20 years. He has authored and co-authored over 50 books for students as well as running courses in property planning for farmers.