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About this book
About this book
The Soil and Water Conservation Handbook is a concise, compact encyclopedia of the policies, practices, conditions, and terms related to soil and/or water conservation. This handy A-to-Z guide contains descriptions of more than 700 entries, presented in a practical, non-technical format that's suitable for beginners as well as experts. It's a ready reference source of information for researchers, extension agents, policymakers, academics, and anyone else concerned about soil and water conservation.
Internationally acclaimed soil scientist Dr. Paul Unger has called on his 35 years experience researching the effects of tillage, crop residues, and soil management as well as his observations in more than 40 countries to assemble a resource on soil and water conservation that's concise but comprehensive. Sources for the book's main and secondary entries-many of which are cross-referenced-include technical journals, bulletins, reports, farm magazines, commercial leaflets, books, and Internet resources. Soil and Water Conservation Handbook also includes a detailed table of contents and an index, allowing quick and easy access to any entry.
Foreword (B. A. Stewart) Preface Introduction Alphabetical List of Entries Agriculture Animals Barriers Best Management Practices Brush Chemicals, Agricultural (Restrictions on Use) Climate Competition Conservation Construction Activities Other Than Agricultural Contour Crop Cropping System/Sequence Crops Desertification Desert Torrent Direct Seeding Drill/Planter Type Dryland Farming Earthworms Environment Eroded Sites/Conditions Erodibility Erosion Erosion Prediction Erosivity Evaporation Evapotranspiration Exploitation of Natural Resources Farm Size (Farmer Resources) Fences Field Length and Width Financial Aspects Forest Freeze-Thaw Cycle Genetic Engineering Genetics (Improved Crops) Governmental Factors Grass Cover in Planted Crops Human Factors Infiltrability Infiltration Information Infrastructure Irrigation Land Latitude Management Mass Movement Mining Mulch/Mulching Natural Disaster Natural Vegetation/Native Condition Percolation Perennial Grasses and Other Vegetation Pests Phreatophyte Plant Planter/Seeder Type Planting/Seeding Production Level Rangelands/Grasslands/Pastures Residues Runoff Season Sedimentation Sediment-Retention Basin Soil Soils Straw Spreader Stream Erosion Control Stripper Header Sustainable Agriculture/Sustainability Threshold Value Tillage Traffic Ruts Transpiration Underflow Water Control Practices Watershed Water Shortage Water Table Fluctuation Woodland Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Plants, Animals, and Other Organisms Index Reference Notes Included