Course Description

The study of the soil chemical environment as it affects crop production. The course investigates the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, and micronutrients in crop production. It considers the use and management of supplemental nutrients in both conventional and certified organic production. Soil pH and other factors that influence soil fertility, directly or indirectly, are also discussed. Labs take the form of problem-solving tutorials on nutrient management.



Course Schedule

This course has both lecture and lab components, but will be delivered in an asynchronous online format. Students are not required to be online at a specific time/day. Maximum number of contact hours: 78


David Burton

Lab Instructor

Cynthia Parks and David Burton


Prerequisites for this course are  SOIL 2000; preparatory: BIOA 2002 or equivalent. If you do not have the pre-req, relevant experience may be accepted in its place. Contact extended.learning@dal.ca to learn more.

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