Plant Nutrient Management in Hawai‘i's Soils: Approaches for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture
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158pp. January 2000
Plant Nutrient Management in Hawaii's Soils: Approaches for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture
Editor: Silva, James A.; Uchida, Raymond S.;
Today’s approach to crop production considers not only the effects of fertilizer applications on crop yield and quality but also includes awareness of the potential of fertilizer nutrients to adversely affect the environment. Managing crop nutrients deliberately and carefully takes on special significance in Hawaii, where imported nutrient inputs are costly and the environment—particularly the underground aquifer and coastal waters—is vulnerable to pollution.

This book contains a distillation of decades of CTAHR research on soils, fertilizers, and crop nutrient needs, written for the lay reader and intended to provide a solid base of knowledge for the serious agriculturist. While the text makes reference to Hawaii’s crops and soil conditions, its basic information is transferrable to similar tropical and subtropical locations throughout the world.

Distributed for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
Editor: Silva, James A.; Uchida, Raymond S.;
Managing fertilizer nutrients to protect the environment and human health

Sampling and analysis of soils and plant tissues

Essential nutrients for plant growth: nutrient functions and deficiency symptoms

Recommended plant tissue nutrient levels for some vegetable, fruit, and ornamental foliage and flowering plants in Hawaii

Use of information from soil surveys and classification

How fertilizer recommendations are made

Interpreting soil nutrient analysis data: definition of “low,” “sufficient,” and “high” nutrient levels

Collection of calibration data for interpreting soil and plant tissue analyses

Predicting soil phosphorus requirements

Soil acidity and liming

Plant tolerance of low soil pH, soil aluminum, and soil manganese

Inorganic fertilizer materials

Biological nitrogen fixation: nature’s partnership for sustainable agricultural production

Mycorrhizal fungi and plant nutrition

Organic soil amendments for sustainable agriculture: organic sources of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium

Plant-parasitic nematodes and their management

Soil and water salinity



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