Soil Analysis: An Interpretation Manual

eBook - January 1999 - eRetailers Kobo

A practical guide to soil tests for Australian soils and conditions.

Soil Analysis: An Interpretation Manual is a practical guide to soil tests. It considers what soil tests are, when they can be used reliably and consistently, and discusses what limits their application. It is the first nationally accepted publication that is appropriate for Australian soils and conditions. + Full description

The first three chapters review the general principles and concepts of soil testing, factors affecting soil test interpretation and soil sampling and handling procedures. The next two chapters describe morphological indicators of soil and include colour plates of major Australian agricultural soils.

These are followed by a series of chapters which present soil test calibration data for individual elements or a related group of tests such as the range of soil tests used to interpret soil acidity. Each of these chapters also summarises the reactions of the particular element or parameter in the soil and describes the tests commonly used in Australia.

The final chapter presents a structured approach to nutrient management and making fertiliser recommendations using soil test data.

The manual will be of particular interest to soil and environmental scientists, farm advisers, consultants and primary producers who will find the manual an essential reference to understanding and interpreting soil test data. Many of the soil tests evaluated in the book are used throughout the world.

Soil Analysis: An Interpretation Manual was commissioned and developed by the Australian Soil and Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC). It comprises the work of 37 experts, which has been extensively peer reviewed.

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No longer available in a print edition.


ePDF | January 1999
ISBN: 9780643101357
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


Abbreviations and Conversion Tables
1. Soil Testing - principles and concepts
2. Factors Affecting Soil Test Interpretation
3. Soil Sampling and Sample Handling for Chemical Analysis
4. Soil Morphological Indicators and their Importance to Soil Fertility
5. Major Soils used for Agriculture in Australia
6. Interpretation of some Soil Physical Indicators for Assessing Soil Physical Fertility
7. Soil pH, Aluminium, Manganese and Lime Requirement
8. Soil Salinity - Electrical Conductivity and Chloride
9. Cation Exchange Capacity, Exchangeable Cations and Sodicity
10. Soil Organic Carbon/Soil Organic Matter
11. Nitrogen
12. Phosphorus
13. Sulfur
14. Potassium
15. Calcium
16. Magnesium
17. Copper
18. Zinc
19. Manganese
20. Iron
21. Molybdenum
22. Boron
23. Cobalt
24. Selenium
25. Making Recommendations based on Soil Tests


Doug Reuter passed away 24 August 2013.