Graduate Classes

SSC 541 Soil Fertility (DE)
Every fall, spring and summer

Objective:
Establish a quantitative understanding of plant nutrition, soil fertility and fertilizer management that enables the student to (1) describe soil and plant nutrient relationships, (2) evaluate factors affecting nutrient availability, (3) utilize quantitative tools to assess nutrient availability, and (4) evaluate potential impacts of nutrient use on environmental quality.

Prerequisite:
Undergraduate Soil Fertility or permission of the instructor

Grading:
4 exams, 8-10 problem sets, evaluation of 6-8 reference articles

Primary Topics:

  • Plant growth relations important to soil fertility
  • Ion exchange in soils
  • Soil acidity and liming
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sulfur
  • Micronutrients
  • Soil testing and plant analysis
  • Nutrient management

Contact:
john_havlin@ncsu.edu