- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (April 7, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471131512
- ISBN-13: 978-0471131519
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,599,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers 4th Edition
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From the Back Cover
In any season and any year, the most reliable farming tool between two covers . . .
KNOTT'S HANDBOOK FOR VEGETABLE GROWERS
This classic handbook is considered by generations of commercial growers as the standard reference tool for growing vegetable crops. Filled with information, largely in the form of tables and charts, from hard statistics on vegetable production and consumption to fascinating esoterica, such as vegetable botanical names and vegetable names in nine languages (French for cauliflower is chou-fleur; a Spanish onion is a cebolla), Knott's Handbook is part Farmer's Almanac, part encyclopedia, and part dictionary. But with its detailed, practical specifics on planting rates, schedules, and spacing; soils and fertilizers; methods for controlling diseases; greenhouse vegetable and crop production; insect pest identification; harvesting and storage; and vegetable marketing, it's an indispensable helpmate to the farmer in the field and in the marketplace.
Thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect the latest technical advances in vegetable growing, the Fourth Edition contains new information on water management with drip irrigation; seed priming and seed germination tests; plant tissue testing; petiole sap testing; windbreaks; and weed management. A revised discussion of allowable pesticide and herbicide use as well as the newest in worker protection standards makes the Fourth Edition even more relevant to today's commercial grower.
The new edition of Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers comes in a convenient portable size and features a sturdy flexible cover with pages that lie flat, on the desk or in the field. Fulfilling James Edward Knott's original vision of a concise, comprehensive, and eminently useable handbook, this new edition of the 1957 classic is the ultimate day-to-day field reference, and as indispensable to a farmer's work as good weather.
About the Author
DONALD N. MAYNARD is a professor at the University of Florida and is currently President of the American Society for Horticultural Science.
GEORGE J. HOCHMUTH is a nationally recognized authority on vegetables, largely through his bimonthly column in American Vegetable Grower. He is also a professor at the University of Florida.
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1st edition, 1957, title: Handbook for Vegetable Growers, author: James Edward Knott, no ISBN
Revised printing edition, 1962, Handbook for Vegetable Growers, James Edward Knott, ISBN 0471495670 (year is shown on page vi, “Preface, Revised printing,” dated August, 1962)
2nd edition, 1980, title: Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, author: Oscar A. Lorenz, ISBN 0471053228
3rd edition, 1988, Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, Oscar A. Lorenz, ISBN 0471852406
4th edition, 1997, Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, Donald N. Maynard, ISBN 0471131512
5th edition, 2006, Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, Donald N. Maynard, ISBN 047173828X (and 0470121475?)
I have taught agriculture and worked in agriculture my entire life. This book encapsulates the growing information for crops very well.
Experienced growers would fare well to have this book on your desk of resource material. New growers will be milestones ahead to familiarize yourself with the information in this book.
This book covers every aspect, from starting from seed, soils, greenhouse and field production. Want to know how long it takes a particular crop to mature to harvest? Its here, along with hundreds of other useful tidbits.
Don't expect everything to be written in paragraphs. You have to be able to read and interpret simple charts and graphs.
If you put into practice even one tenth of the information contain in this book you will grow your garden or crops much better. You fare well to buy this book over many of the others with glossy nice to look at pictures. This is a book of facts with an abundance of information.
I recommend this book to anyone growing vegetables for gardening, hydroponic gardeners, or crop production.
I guess the biggest problem is the inconsistency about which vegetables and crops are covered. In some places they list every vegetable you can think of and in others they list fewer than 15. Need to know what temperature to ship vegetables or how much a crate of yucca weighs? There are pages and pages devoted to it. Need to know germination temperature for seeds? There is less than a page and exactly 12 vegetables listed.
I think most growers [even commercial ones] would be better off searching out the information they need for the specific crops they plan to grow. In fact, much of this book is dedicated to listing websites and government agencies rather than including the information.