Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

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Principles of Field Crop Production

This publication has been the main Australian agronomy textbook for university students since 1980. There have been 5 editions in that time. It is now provided freely for students and others.

Each chapter is an independent pdf file that allows downloading only of the chapters of interest. There are no special restrictions of use apart from the normal citations. Over time, individual chapters will be revised and updated as the need arises. 

Field crops have been pivotal to the progress of agriculture in this country. That will be the case moving forward. The heavy emphasis on principles in the book provides readers with a good basis to evaluate new crops and varieties and their place in cropping systems. 

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INTRODUCTION Jim Pratley [PDF]
Chapter 1 EVOLUTION OF AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE Jim Pratley and Lewis Rowell [PDF]
Chapter 2 MANAGING CROPPING SYSTEMS IN VARIABLE CLIMATES Holger Meinke, William Wright, Peter Hayman and David Stephens [PDF]
Chapter 3 CROP ADAPTATION Frank Kelleher [PDF]
Chapter 4 PLANT BREEDING David Luckett and Gerald Halloran [PDF]
Chapter 5 MANAGING THE SOIL Philip Eberbach and Scott Black [PDF]
Chapter 6 CROP NUTRITION Scott Black and Graeme Batten [PDF]
Chapter 7 SMART ROTATIONS: FARMING SYSTEMS FOR THE FUTURE Ted Wolfe and Peter Cregan [PDF]
Chapter 8 CROP ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT Jim Pratley and Rex Stanton [PDF]
Chapter 9 WEED MANAGEMENT Jim Pratley, John Broster and Rex Stanton [PDF]
Chapter 10 PEST DISEASE MANAGEMENT Gavin Ash [PDF]
Chapter 11 IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT Graeme Batten, Asitha Katupitiya and Jim Pratley [PDF]
Chapter 12 CROP MARKETING John Spriggs [PDF]