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Principles of Field Crop Production (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130259677
ISBN-10: 0130259675
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Extensive progress has been made in the science and practice of field crop production since the Third Edition was published in 1976. Advances in the knowledge of how plants grow and respond to their environment, a better understanding of plant processes at the molecular level, and the ability to directly manipulate chromosomal material using biotechnology are but a few examples. Additionally, improvements in the equipment used in field crop production have allowed producers to more efficiently manage soil resources, provide accurate supplies of soil nutrients, and more efficiently harvest crops. Although the information in the book has been extensively updated, some of the older, more traditional information has been retained for historical purposes to show how crop production has progressed over the 50 plus years this book has been in print. "Principles of Field Crop Production" has long been one of the most comprehensive books on this topic in the world. The Fourth Edition is completely updated and discusses the advances in science and technology that are used today. It also reflects the changing emphasis of crop production in the US and the world. Provides comprehensive information on the management and use of all economically important field crops.Provides general information on crop production practices.Provides a historical perspective of crop production as well as current technology.An excellent resource for persons who are involved in providing support and services to crop producers, as well as producers themselves. Also valuable as a reference book for agronomists, soil scientists, farmers, and ranchers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (July 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130259675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130259677
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 2.3 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By World Ag Reader on August 21, 2014
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A couple of years ago while trying to educate myself about agriculture I bought a used copy of the 1976 3rd edition for about $10. I recently began a consulting project where I needed more recent information and thus decided to buy the 'revised' 2006 edition of this book for the princely sum of $160. First, the book comes as a print-on-demand book with horrible (and I mean horrible) printing quality. The photos are barely legible and the regular text is grainy and clearly substandard. This for a $160 book? More importantly, the book has barely been updated since its 1976 edition. There are almost no new references, many of the ancient 1976 graphics are reproduced without change, there is no mention of climate change and barely any mention of GMOs. Pearson-Prentice Hall should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. I pity the poor students who have no choice but to buy this shoddy product. My copy is going back, and my bank account will be $160 richer. Students: buy a copy of the 1976 book and save yourselves major $$.
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Another example of how college students are fair game to get ripped-off by suppliers of the college "industry" such as book publishers.

This is a "print on demand" book. It looks like it was copied on a 1980's office Xerox machine. Grainy black and white pictures and fuzzy type. How they can ask $135+ for something that probably cost $10 to make is beyond me.

As another reviewer remarked: "shame on Prentice-Hall!"

I returned the book after I received it. I got the 1976 edition for about $12. It has 99% of the info that this "updated" edition has. And despite the claims that this is "new and updated", it has only a few minor differences with the earlier versions. Other than updated statistics charts, and just a few notes on GM crops, it is identical in content to earlier editions.

To college instructors who require this for their classes: please consider how your students are getting ripped-off by you recommending this book!
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By Lindsay on September 14, 2013
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I choose this rating because this book has helped me prepare and learn information in my college education class .
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marker on January 23, 2014
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This book was rated as "Used-Very Good". The "Used" part is correct but I would not rate it "Very Good". At best it is in fair condition and should have been rated "Used-Acceptable".
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