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Australian Soil Fertility Manual

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Australian Soil Fertility Manual

Third Edition

Edited by:
FIFA   Fertilizer Industry Federation of Australia

Photographs, Illustrations, Tables, Glossary, Bibliography, Index
176 pages, 297 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2006
ISBN: 9780643090217 - AU $ 74.95

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The Australian Soil Fertility Manual is a trusted guide to the safe use and handling of fertilizers. It describes the types of agricultural soils, how they are classified and the interaction of soil, water and nutrients. It also provides an insight into how plants utilise nutrients and the role that individual nutrients play in the process of plant growth.

This edition has been revised to reflect an increased emphasis on the environmental fate of nutrients and appropriate management strategies. It also has additional information on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties and discussions on the use of lime, dolomite and gypsum.

New content covers liming effectiveness, nitrogen water use efficiency, regulations for handling and using fertilizers, storage and transport of security sensitive ammonium nitrate, budgeting for profitable nitrogen use and best management practice for nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers. The chapters on potassium; calcium, magnesium and sulfur; plant nutrients and the environment; and heavy metal in fertilizers and agriculture have all been extensively revised and rewritten.

This important work will be an essential text for fertilizer dealers, extension workers, consultants, teachers, farmers, horticulturists, graziers and others concerned with the profitable and environmentally safe use of plant nutrients.


  • Practical manual explaining the basics of soil-plant relationships, and the principles of fertilizer use
  • Safe handling of fertilizers
  • Application rates and cost comparisons for different fertilizers
  • Role of lime and gypsum
  • Descriptions of soil types and uses
  • Management of plant nutrients in the environment


Chapter 1 - Concepts of Soil Fertility and Productivity

Chapter 2 - Soil Acidity, Alkalinity and Salinity

Chapter 3 - Nitrogen

Chapter 4 - Phosphorus

Chapter 5 - Potassium

Chapter 6 - Calcium, Magnesium and Sulfur

Chapter 7 - Micro-nutrients

Chapter 8 - Soil Testing, Plant and Water Analysis, and Diagnostic Techniques

Chapter 9 - Fertilize for Profits

Chapter 10 - Plant Nutrients and the Environment

Chapter 11 - Heavy Metals in Fertilizers and Agriculture

Chapter 12 - Precision Agriculture - an overview

Chapter 13 - Regulations for Handling and Using Fertilizers

Further Reading





 Fertilizer dealers, extension workers, consultants, grain growers, graziers, dairy farmers, horticulturists, landscape planners, teachers and students, government departments and bodies concerned with the management of plant nutrients in the environment. 

 "This is a solid and sound manual on soil fertility, written for advisers and to be read with an awareness of its background in the fertilizer industry. The book should be of great benefit to its intended users in Australia."
K.W.T. Goulding, European Journal of Soil Science, vol. 58, 2007

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