Undergraduate Classes

SSC 341 Soil Fertility
Fall semester of every year

Course Location: On Campus

Objective:
To establish a thorough understanding of plant nutrition, soil fertility, and fertilizer management in each student so that he can (1) describe soil and plant nutrient relationships and (2) identify plant nutrition soil fertility problems and recommend proper corrective action. The course will provide detailed information on the plant nutrition, soil fertility, and fertilizer management of the essential plant macro and micronutrients. The influence of numerous soil biological, physical, and chemical properties on plant nutrient availability to crops will be emphasized. Students will be familiar with the management of nutrients for optimum productivity and minimum impact on the environment.

Prerequisite:
SSC 200 or equivalent; or consent of instructor

Grading:
four exams, eight problem sets

Primary Topics:

  • Basic soil-plant relationships
  • Soil acidity & alkalinity
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sulfur, calcium, magnesium
  • Micronutrients
  • Soil fertility evaluation
  • Assessing nutrient problems
  • Nutrient management
  • Agricultural productivity & environmental quality

Contact:
john_havlin@ncsu.edu