Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
Teaching under Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management is intended to provide students with knowledge of soil nutrients and their behaviors, soil fertility evaluation and management of fertilizers and manures. Specially designed lab problems, case studies, and field visits focus on application of that knowledge.
Research efforts attempt to determine the effects of beneficial management practices on supplies of N, P, K, S and micronutrients supplied from soil reserves, various forms and types of fertilizers, livestock manures, industrial by-products and municipal waste and their impact on crop yield, crop quality, agricultural sustainability and environmental quality.
Soil Fertility Lab
Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management are taught at all three academic levels; Undergraduate, Graduate and Diploma.
SOIL 0630 - Soil Fertility
SOIL 4520 - Soil Fertility
SOIL 7140 - Soil Nitrogen
SOIL 7210 - Topics in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Instruments in the lab:
Ultraspec 2100 Pro UV/Visible Spectrophotometer
Technicon Autoanalyzer II (AAII)
Laboratory and Field Runoff simulators
Plot scale air seeder with capacity to place various types of fertilizers in seedrow, side banded or mid-row banded positions
Permanent field stations and long-term field sites:
National Centre for Livestock and the Environment