Soils and Plant Nutrients

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Contents: 

  1. Objectives
  2. Introduction: What is Soil?
  3. The Soil Profile
  4. Physical Properties of Soil
    1. Color
    2. Texture
    3. Structure
    4. Water-Holding Capacity
    5. How to Remediate Compaction
  5. Organic Matter
  6. Chemical Properties of Soil
    1. Cation Exchange Capacity
  7. Soil Testing
    1. How to Use a Soil Test Report
    2. Soil pH
    3. Nutrient Availability and pH
    4. Adjusting pH
  8. Plant Nutrition and Fertilization
    1. Soil Nutrients
    2. Fertilizers
    3. When to Apply Fertilizer
  9. The Biology of Soil
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Further Reading
  12. Chapter Text Hyperlinks
  13. For More Information
    1. NC State and NC State Extension publications
    2. Internet Resources
  14. Contributors 
Authors: 
David Crouse
Publisher: 
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
Year: 
2015