Hands-On Agronomy

Neal Kinsey & Charles Walters


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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

1- The Farming Dilemma

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

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.

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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.

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