The soil is more than just a substrate that anchors crops in place. An ecologically balanced soil system is essential for maintaining healthy crops. Hands-On Agronomy is a comprehensive manual on effective soil fertility management providing many on-farm examples to illustrate the various principles and how to use them. The function of micronutrients, earthworms, soil drainage, tilth, soil structure, and organic matter is explained in thorough detail.
Neal Kinsey demonstrates that working with the soil produces healthier crops with a higher yield. To that end, he provides an understanding of eco-agriculture as a viable enterprise that is both naturally and commercially sustainable. This work offers advice that is both highly valuable and applicable to the farmer of any level and promotes an ecological understanding of the farm from the ground up.
Copyright 2013, softcover, 391 pages. 24 per case.
Table of Contents for Hands-On Agronomy, abbreviated
2- Cation-Anion Connection
3- The Hands-On Approach
4- Calcium, Magnesium & Tillage
5- Using the Nitrogen Cycle
12- An Introduction to Micronutrient Needs
13- Applications of Micronutrients
14- Plant Tissue Analysis & Fertility
... and much more!
About Neal Kinsey
Neal Kinsey is a world-renowned soil consultant and technician, having practiced since 1973, when he completed a program of study developed and taught by Dr. William Albrecht. Neal Kinsey’s program is based on the system of providing soil nutrients to correctly treat the soil. Through his in-depth courses, he has trained hundreds of consultants and sophisticated growers in the methodology of soil element balancing utilizing cation exchange capacity. He specializes in building and maintaining soil for quality crop production. In addition to consulting on standard crops such as corn, cotton, soybeans, rice, wheat and grain sorghum, he has done the soil work on such specialties as wine and table grapes, coffee, alfalfa, pastures, clovers, oats, melons, almonds, turf grass and dozens of other crops around the world.
Read from Hands-On Agronomy
Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Hands-On Agronomy on EcoFarming Daily. It covers details on Neal Kinsey's background, including how he met Dr. William A. Albrecht, and how he began to learn more about soil health.
Listen to Neal Kinsey
In this Tractor Time podcast episode, Neal Kinsey delivers his talk at the 1993 Eco-Ag Conference about his book, Hands-On Agronomy. As a special treat, listen for the voice of Acres U.S.A. founder Charles Walters introducing him.
Very useful book
I’ve been using ‘Hands on Agronomy’ as reference guide on our farm for many years, I recently purchase it for a graduation gift for my son who graduated from a four year college majoring in agronomy. I have given this book as a gift to many of my friends.
I'm not a Kinsey follower, and I think the base saturation approach is way oversold. That being said, I found it full of really good info and it is definitely worth having in your library.
Very useful. Neal is my soil consultant of choice. I enjoy/learn from reading his book and I gain from listening to Neal on his seminar CD’s. First copy I purchased is well worn, this purchase is my second.