Applied Soil Fertility

Alberta School of Business

Alberta School of Business

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Who should attend

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.

About the course

The course will address the rel­e­vance of soil fer­til­i­ty includ­ing the impor­tance of soil fer­til­i­ty in plant growth and nutri­ent uptake by crops. The agro­nom­ic sig­nif­i­cance of soil phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal, and bio­log­i­cal prop­er­ties as they per­tain to soil fer­til­i­ty will be dis­cussed. Top­ics will include major nutri­ents, as well as sec­ondary and micronu­tri­ents, and cor­re­spond­ing fer­til­iz­ers. The course will also exam­ine soil fer­til­i­ty eval­u­a­tion: soil test­ing; the back­bone of soil fer­til­i­ty and prob­lems soils (acid and saline soils). Soil man­age­ment chal­lenges includ­ing fer­til­iz­er appli­ca­tion, water use effi­cien­cy, inter­ac­tions amount nutri­ents, and eco­nom­ics of plant-nutri­ent use will be addressed.

Course at a glance

  • In-class, face-to-face delivery with instructional support through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Condensed delivery, in-class course offered in five consecutive full-day classes of intensive learning.
  • Lecture-based, with group work and case study review.
  • Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
  • Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
  • This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify and develop familiarity with the basic concepts of plant growth and nutrient uptake.
  • Understand how soil fertility is impacted by basic soil constituents, soil clay mineral composition, organic matter, soil physical properties, soil water, soil aeration and temperature, and soil reaction.
  • Identify the 4R Nutrient Stewardship principle and how it applies to all aspects of soil fertility in everyday life.
  • Understand soil diagnostic techniques and how they apply to soil fertility.
  • Develop the skills necessary to identify various nutrient products and their utilization by plants.
  • Identify the inputs and outputs of all nutrients in the soil-plant system.
  • Assess the economic impact of decisions made in relation to soil fertility.
  • Understand the complex relationship between climate, crop genetics, and nutrient supply to growing common crops

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Recommended textbook: Soil Fertility and Fertilizers, Tisdale et al.
  • Assessment includes course work outside of class times; post-course work may be required.
  • A final exam will be completed in-class on the last day of class.

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