Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Book / chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2010
Publication Date: 12/1/2010
Citation: Malhi, S.S., Gan, Y., Schoenau, J.J., Lemke, R.L., Liebig, M.A. 2010. Recent trends in soil science and agronomy research in the northern Great Plains of North America. Research Signpost, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Complete Book. 427 pp. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The book “Recent Trends in Soil Science and Agronomy Research in the Northern Great Plains of North America” summarizes published research in soil science and agronomy from various field experiments conducted in the soil-climatic/agro-ecological regions of the Northern Great Plains of North America. Collectively, the book represents an up-to-date compilation of scientific information related to the sustainable management of dryland cropping systems in this important agricultural area. Fifteen chapters, written by Canadian and U.S. scientists, review a myriad of topics focused on developing a better understanding of dryland cropping systems and their management. Specific topics reviewed in the book include the impact of soil, crop and fertilizer/nutrient management practices, land use, landscape, organic amendments, and other parameters in dryland cropping systems on crop production, economics, plant diseases, grain and forage quality, nutrient accumulation and distribution in soil, soil properties, microbial diversity, greenhouse gas emissions, and water-, nutrient- and energy-use efficiency. Information in the book may be most useful to researchers and practitioners in the Prairie Provinces of Canada, adjoining northern U.S. states, and other parts of the world possessing similar soil-climatic attributes as the Northern Great Plains.