A Growers Guide for Balancing Soils
Whether you’re a serious home gardener or a full-time farmer, A Growers Guide for Balancing Soils will help you expand your understanding of the science behind plant nutrition. It all starts with the soil, but, as you’ll read, just spreading compost and hoping for the best isn’t a strategy for success.
Drawing on 40 years of experience using the Albrecht philosophy of balancing soils, William McKibben will walk you through a data-driven, time-tested process that starts with soil analysis, but doesn’t stop there. Productive soil that has the right balance of bio-available minerals and maximizes crop production and quality is the goal, and McKibben outlines a common-sense approach for how to get there.
For example, readers will learn how to:
- build a more complete soil-health management system;
- balance pH consistently across your fields with mineral balancing;
- create more resilient crops by knowing how soil health affects disease and pest pressure;
- and convert raw testing data into real action.
For both organic and conventional farmers, A Growers Guide for Balancing Soils dives deep into how macro-nutrients such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and sulfur — along with potassium and micronutrients (cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, and zinc) — affect the development of healthy crops. It’s a problem-solver’s handbook for building soil health.
Copyright 2021. Softcover. 284 pages. 22 in a case.
Praise for A Growers Guide for Balancing Soils
William “Crop Doc” McKibben has shared his 40-plus years of research and experience in A Growers Guide for Balancing Soils to make nutrient management a key to unlocking the potential production and joyful reward that comes through a vigorous and well managed garden. It will be a valuable reference and guide for the home as well as commercial gardener who wants to reap the benefits produced through the miracle of plants.
– Don M. Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, Purdue University
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A Grower's Guide for Balancing Soils
This book by William McKibben increased my understanding of the chemical/nutrient portion of soil tenfold. Just with the simplicity of converting to parts per million in the application of nutrients, the price of this book is paid for. I was taken to school as a Master Garden by William "Crop Doc" McKibben and will be forever grateful. This is a great reference book for both the farmer and the very serious Grow Your Own gardener.
I'm a fertilizer distributor and have already read the book twice and continue to re-read sections. It is packed with knowledge and practical wisdom. I mainly sell chemical fertilizers and too often, I see the products misused. The fact is that most people don't know how to interpret soil tests. Retailers rarely know how to help the average farmer. Most people in my world just want to sell fertilizer and make money instead of educating growers on how to optimize the value for their inputs using soil science. This book is very valuable in that respect. Thoroughly enjoyed.
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