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Download the Catalog of educational materials from the International Plant Nutrition Institute. The catalog is complete with order forms and instructions on ordering from IPNI.

 

4R Plant Nutrition Manual: A Manual for Improving the Management of Plant Nutrition

The 4R Plant Nutrition Manual includes chapters on the scientific principles behind each of the four R's or "rights". It discusses adoption of 4R practices on the farm, approaches to nutrient management planning, and measurement of sustainability performance. Metric and U.S./Imperial units versions are available. 130 pages, 8.5 x 11 in. wire bound.

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4R Plant Nutrition Manual: Supplemental Modules and Case Studies

Module and Case Study examples describe specific practices related to principles explained in the text of the 4R Plant Nutrition Manual, or provide background information supporting the principles.

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4R CCA Nutrient Management Specialist Study Guide

The International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) Program developed the 4R NMS (4R Nutri­ent Management Specialist) Certification to meet the growing demand for qualified advisers with focused knowledge and skills in nutrient management. This study guide was developed by IPNI to support the first edition of the Performance Objectives for 4R Nutrient Management Specialist.

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4R Plant Nutrient Management in African Agriculture

An extension handbook for fertilizer management in smallholder farming systems

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A Guide to Identifying and Managing Nutrient Deficiencies in Cereal Crops

A new booklet has been developed by the IPNI South Asia Program in cooperation with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). It is a 50-page field guide (8 1/2 x 11 in. size, wire-o bound) designed to describe the underlying causes of nutrient deficiencies in maize, wheat, rice, sorghum, pearl millet, and barley, with tips on how they might be prevented or remedied. Hundreds of excellent deficiency photographs provided by the authors and IPNI will allow the user of this field guide to understand the development of nutrient deficiency symptoms through the growth stages of the crop.

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Be Your Own Corn Doctor

Be Your Own Corn Doctor offers growers and their advisers a practical resource showing color illustrations of typical symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, diseases, and other disorders in crop production. While these publications do not substitute for diagnostic tools such as plant tissue analysis and soil testing, they can help distinguish and identify various field problems.

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Be Your Own Cotton Doctor

Be Your Own Cotton Doctor offers growers and their advisers a practical resource showing color illustrations of typical symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, diseases, and other disorders in crop production. While these publications do not substitute for diagnostic tools such as plant tissue analysis and soil testing, they can help distinguish and identify various field problems.

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Be Your Own Soybean Doctor

Be Your Own Soybean Doctor offers growers and their advisers a practical resource showing color illustrations of typical symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, diseases, and other disorders in crop production. While these publications do not substitute for diagnostic tools such as plant tissue analysis and soil testing, they can help distinguish and identify various field problems.

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Best Management Practices for Turf and Lawn Fertilization

Lawns and other turf areas provide many benefits to humans. There are several factors and practices that go into the establishment and maintenance of a quality lawn, including appropriate and adequate nutrition through application of BMPs and the principles of the 4Rs - right source, at the right rate, right time, and right place.

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Better Crops With Plant Food

Few publications available today can claim the longevity of Better Crops with Plant Food (BC), the quarterly publication of IPNI. The magazine originated in 1923. It's not easy to describe this unique magazine. With an identity somewhere between an agronomic research journal and a marketing information series, BC provides a steady vehicle for reporting news from research related to nutrient management. While constantly evolving to serve its target audiences, the magazine also serves as a mirror of the agronomic research and education programs of the Institute.

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Better Crops South Asia

Following a similar style as our popular quarterly publication, Better Crops with Plant Food, this new publication (formerly Better Crops India) is the result of considerable effort by the IPNI South Asia Programme Staff: Dr. K. Majumdar and Dr. T. Satyanarayana. In these pages, you will learn of the many challenges and opportunities as well as the notable progress related to crop production, more balanced fertilization, and best/beneficial management practices related to nutrient use in South Asia.

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Better Crops International (BCI)

ARCHIVE - DISCONTINUED. Better Crops International (BCI) was published two times each year from 1996-2003 by the Predecessor of IPNI, the Potash & Phosphate Institute of Canada (PPIC) and the Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI). BCI was intended primarily for agricultural leaders and scientists working in agronomy and related sciences outside North America.

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Catalog of Publications

Catalog of educational materials from the International Plant Nutrition Institute. The catalog is complete with order forms and instructions on ordering from IPNI.

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China Program Newsletter

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Fertilizing Crops to Improve Human Health: A Scientific Review

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) and International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) have joined to produce a scientific review that is comprised of 11 chapters within three themed sections including: Food and Nutrition Security, Functional Foods, and Risk Reduction. 290 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

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Forage Crop Pocket Guide

A practical guide to forage production that anyone can read and understand. This booklet is packed with useful facts and reference lists related to plant characteristics, fertilizer and nutrients, stand establishment, animal requirements, grazing, and forage quality, including hay and silage. It was developed by the authors of the book, Southern Forages. 56 pages 3.5 x 6 in.

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Frontiers in Potassium Nutrition

This 174-page, 20-chapter publication includes papers from a 1996 symposium sponsored by PPI-PPIC and the American Society of Agronomy. The first section covers basic perspectives focusing on how potassium movement across plant cell membranes and within the plant is both facilitated and regulated and also how potassium status interacts with basic aspects of cell function. The second section focuses on developing a new and fuller understanding of how potassium nutrition and cultural management interact with crop plant performance and quality factors.

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Grass and Legume Posters

The authors of Southern Forages have created two full-color posters: 1) Forage Legumes and 2) Forage Grasses. Each poster includes 30 photos with seed drawings and descriptions. Appropriate for classrooms, dealerships, seed stores, or on the farm. 24 x 30 in. Note: There is an increase in shipping costs if sent in a tube rather than folded. Please specify when ordering.

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International Soil Fertility Manual (English)

This manual contains the topics covered in the North American version, as well as additional information on tropical crops and soils. Rates, yields and other units of measure are presented in metrics. This 114-page, 10-chapter publication is GBC-bound. It is a practical and useful publication discussing the major, secondary and micronutrients, along with soil testing, plant analysis, diagnostic techniques and more.

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IPNI Insights

IPNI Insights is a regional newsletter published by the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI).

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IPNI Tactical Plans

IPNI Program Tactical Plans through 2017.

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Issue Review Series

This series includes in-depth, critical reviews by IPNI Scientists on current issues related to plant nutrient science.

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Manual on the Nutrition and Fertilization of Banana

This publication emphasizes modern concepts of soil fertility and mineral nutrition in banana production, particularly diagnostic procedures which allow for the development of practical fertilizer recommendations for high yields. It summarizes information generated from more than 15 years of work conducted by the Costa Rican Banana Growers Association. It is presented from a perspective of efficient and economic use of mineral fertilizers and an objective evaluation of organic amendments and their contribution to the susceptibility of the banana production system. The manual is available both in English and Spanish, popular with a range of readers including farm managers, researchers, technicians, students, and others. 54 pages 8.5 x 11 in.

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Mathematics and Calculations for Agronomists and Soil Scientists (Metric) - English

The goal of this manual is to teach individuals, whether students or working professionals, how to propose, test, and implement innovative strategies that increase productivity while also protecting the environment. The ability to integrate mathematics and technological advances into decisions requires a basic understanding of the scientific method, and understanding of how to develop and test conceptual and mathematical models. This manual is loaded with sample questions and exercises. 200+ pages, 8/5 x 11 in. spiral bound.

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Mathematics and Calculations for Agronomists and Soil Scientists (U.S./Imperial) - English

A Guide to Converting Biologically-Based Data into Economically and Scientifically-Based Practical Solutions The overall goal of this manual is to teach individuals - whether students or working professionals - how to propose, test, and implement innovative strategies that increase productivity while also protecting the environment.

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N Cycle Game

A wonderful game for everyone to learn how nitrogen cycles in the ecosystem, i.e., how nitrogen gets in to the soil, how it is used by plants, and how it is lost.

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Nitrogen Notes

A basic understanding of the reactions of nitrogen in soils provides a solid foundation for making wise nutrient stewardship decisions. This series of fact sheets, written by IPNI staff, covers the major nitrogen fertilizer transformations that occur in crop production.

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Nutri-Facts - North American Edition

A series of fact sheets written by scientific staff of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) that is focused on essential plant nutrients and their use.

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Nutri-Facts - Australia & New Zealand Edition

A series of fact sheets written by scientific staff of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) that is focused on essential plant nutrients and their use.

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Nutrient Source Specifics (English)

Nutrient Source Specifics are one-page fact sheets highlighting various fertilizers and nutrient sources. Written by IPNI scientific staff, these items are primarily for educational use by a non-technical audience. Consult with a local expert regarding specific recommendations on nutrient use.

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Oil Palm Series - Field Handbook: Immature

Handbook for personnel in charge of plantation development. Includes guidelines on land preparation for planting (surveying, land clearing, platform construction, legume cover) and procedures for immature maintenance (weeding, nutrient management and census activities).

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Oil Palm Series - Field Handbook: Mature

Handbook for personnel in charge of operations in mature plantings. Topics cover harvesting and delivery efficiency, weeding, nutrient management, mulching with empty fruit bunches, canopy management and pruning, and to a lesser extend pest and diseases.

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Oil Palm Series - Field Handbook: Nursery

Handbook for personnel in charge of nursery management. Includes specific instructions and information on site selection and preparation, irrigation, transplanting, monitoring seedling performance and deficiency symptoms.

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Oil Palm Series - Pocket Guide: Immature

This pocket-sized edition of the Immature Handbook contains all relevant information needed by field staff to implement best management practices related to land preparation for planting and procedures for immature maintenance.

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Oil Palm Series - Pocket Guide: Mature

This pocket-sized edition of the Immature Handbook contains all relevant information needed by field staff to implement best management practices in mature plantings.

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Oil Palm Series - Pocket Guide: Nursery

This pocket-sized edition of the Nursery Handbook contains all relevant information needed by field staff to implement best management practices in oil palm nurseries.

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Oil Palm Series - Poster: Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms in Oil Palm

Poster with pictures for the identification of nutrient deficiency symptoms in oil palm including brief descriptions of likely environments in which they occur.

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Oil Palm Series: Management for Large and Sustainable Yields

The advent of precision agriculture and new oil palm planting materials have made it necessary to provide planters with the latest information on oil palm management. This book provides an in-depth discussion on every aspect of oil palm management — from botany to nutritional needs, from managing the canopy to precision management using GIS.

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Oil Palm Series: Nutrient Disorders and Nutrient Management

Pocket guide providing essential and up-to-date information on leaf sampling, quantitative surveys on deficiency symptoms, and other important guidelines related to nutrient management. Includes a large annex with pictures of nutrient deficiency symptoms.

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Plant Food Uptake Pocket Cards

Handy, pocket-size cards list nutrient needs of crops at various yield levels and the amounts removed in crop harvest. Indicate your choice by region. (North America)

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Plant Nutrient Use in North American Agriculture (Producing Food and Fiber; Preserving the Environment; Integrating Organic and Inorganic Sources)

This download contains a pdf of the report, a PowerPoint of most figures, and Excel worksheets.

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Plant Nutrition Diagnostics: Broccoli

As part of an expanding series, this book provides readers with a valuable diagnostic tool through its unique collection of photographs documenting nutrient deficiency symptoms in broccoli. Once the underlying deficiency is known, strategies can be developed that help avoid losses in crop yield or quality. This book begins by providing generalized information on plant nutrient deficiency, which is followed by hundreds of images with accompanying text descriptions documenting deficiency symptoms for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, boron, copper, iron, and zinc.


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Plant Nutrition Today

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Power Point Slide Set: Fertilizer BMPs for Cotton in the Midsouth and Southeast

This download contains a PowerPoint presentation. (27 slides with notes pages)

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Power Point Slide Set: Fertilizer Technology

This series of four presentations discuss mining, production, and related technology required for making fertilizers. Each presentation includes extensive speaker notes to supplement the slides. Each presentation has 40 to 50 slides (171 slides total).

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Power Point Slide Set: International Soil Fertility Manual

This download contains PowerPoint presentations for all 10 chapters of the International Soil Fertility Manual. Approximately 320 slides.

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Power Point Slide Set: Soil Acidity Evaluation and Management

This download contains a PowerPoint presentation (30 slides with speaker’s notes). The presentation is designed as a supplementary resource for the booklet.

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Preparing for the International Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam

The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam is based on performance objectives which can be thought of as areas of expertise that a CCA should possess. This manual is an excellent study guide for use while preparing for the International CCA Exam. 157 pages. 8.5 x 11 inches.

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Research with Impact

The Research with Impact series highlights case study examples of solution-driven research supported by IPNI.

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Rice Series - Poster: Nutrient Disorders in Rice

Poster with pictures for the identification of nutrient deficiency symptoms in rice including brief descriptions of likely environments in which they occur.

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Rice Series: Rice - A Practical Guide to Nutrient Management

Since its first introduction in 2002, this Practical Guide became the standard referece for developing site-specific nutrient management (SSNM) recommendations in irrigated and favorable rainfed rice. The SSNM approach has been successfully evaluated in a wide range of farmers' fields in Asia and is now promoted by national agencies in many Asian countries. The Guide includes a large annex with pictures of nutrient deficiency symptoms.

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Site-Specific Management Guidelines

The objective of the Site-Specific Management Guidelines series is to provide a mechanism to assemble expert knowledge in a timely fashion on site-specific management in a form useful to farmers and their advisers. Each Guideline addresses a specific issue related to site-specific soil and crop management. Currently there are 45 titles in the series, which can be accessed from the list below.

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Soil Acidity Evaluation and Management

On soils where acidity limits crop yields, identification and correction of soil acidity constitutes an important part of best management practices to achieve sustainability. This booklet provides a concise review of key concepts related to soil acidity, its evaluation and control through various management options. 30 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 in., wire-o bound.

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Soil Fertility Kit: Management of Soil Fertility in Acid, Upland Soils

Deforestation, resulting soil erosion, and poor crop management are the major causes of land degradation. Soil is the farmer's basic resource, and thus, soil fertility is a key determinant in human development. This book presents the important concepts of soil fertility management in an easy-to-understand format. Full-color photographs, tables and charts are used throughout the book so that readers can quickly grasp the underlying principles of soil fertility.

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Soil Fertility Manual (Bound with cover)

The Soil Fertility Manual was first published in 1978. Since then, agriculture has seen many changes, such as adoption of conservation tillage, biotechnology, precision farming, and others. But the basic principles of soil fertility and agronomy have not changed. The underlying concepts of efficient nutrient management remain the same. The purpose of this manual is to help fertilizer dealers, crop advisers, Extension workers, consultants, teachers, and agronomists give farmers sound agronomic advice. The manual provides the reader with a working knowledge of essential soil-plant relationships, principles of nutrient management and the use of aglime, and a discussion of the unique balance of agriculture and the environment. It provides answers to common questions, and studied carefully, will motivate the reader to further learning and understanding about the fundamentals of crop production. The manual is useful as a self-study guide and can provide the basis for short courses or soil fertility workshops. It acts as a supplement to university textbooks and is an excellent resource for those preparing for the International Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) exams. 200 plus pages, 8.5 x 11 spiral bound.

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Soil Test Levels in North America: 2015 Summary Update

The 2015 Summary Update provides interpretive analysis of the results of the most recent survey of soil test levels for North America. This summary is a supplemental resource for the survey’s new web-based data access system found at http://soiltest.ipni.net. This website provides new opportunities to view, compare, and contrast soil fertility data over the four most recent surveys (2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015). The site also provides full access to a range of charts, maps, and tabular data sets.

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Southeast Asia Newsletter

View the latest information on recent activities of the Southeast Asia Program.

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Southern Forages: Modern Concepts for Forage Crop Management - 5th Edition (2015)

Southern Forages was first introduced in 1991 and has since gained wide recognition as a practical and reliable source of information on modern forage crop management. The Fifth Edition of Southern Forages, released in February, 2015, is an even more valuable book, with extensive chapter revisions, topic updates, and other improvements.

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Specialty Coffee: Managing Quality

The more we searched for information on coffee quality, the more we realized that a superb cup of coffee depends on a complex of processes along the supply chain that allows little margin for error at any stage. Furthermore, as so often occurs when personal preferences and tastes are involved in defining quality, the process of producing magnificent coffees is as much an art as a science. Consequently, as we developed this book, we tried to combine hard science with art and put it into a business context: the result is a book with a wide range of styles. This book is neither a blueprint nor a recipe for specialty coffee production. Our intention is to provide information and ideas that stimulate and support creative thinking that can provide the basis for developing and adjusting the myriad processes and details of the specialty coffee supply chains that produce a multitude of coffees with distinctive traits from a diverse range of origins.

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Stewardship Specifics

This series of bulletins provides condensed one page summaries of issues impacted by nutrient stewardship. Stewardship Specifics are written by IPNI staff and are intended to provide balanced reviews of current and emerging topics of discussion on crop production and environmental protection. Consumers, students, agronomists, farmers, and all who are interested in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship will find this series informative and easy to read.

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Sugarcane Nutrition (English)

This field book is intended to provide a guide to identification of essential and functional plant nutrient disorders in sugarcane. It is directed toward the sugarcane farmer, research scientist, Extension specialist, student, and consultant. Printed on synthetic paper, this book is moisture and mildew resistant. It is spiral bound for use in the field.

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Wildlife Food Plot Pocket Guide

A practical guide to forage production that provides a focus on information of interest to wildlife enthusiasts. The guide is packed with useful facts and reference lists related to plant characteristics, fertilizer and nutrients, stand establishment, animal requirements, grazing, and forage quality, including hay and silage. It was developed by the authors of the book, Southern Forages. 44 pages 3.5 x 6 in.

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