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Book Reviews weight of mature bulls and cows, as well as steer- book is actually a welcome addition to the previous slaughter weight, and information on the head, neck reading materials related to soil, agriculture, envi- and shoulders, back, body, and hindquarters, and ronment and natural resources. hair. Each breed description includes historical Chapter 6 describes how soils have various pictures of the breed, as well as full-page modern-day unique features. Several interesting titles are used in images of a bull and a cow. These images are particu- this chapter to attract the reader's attention, namely: larly powerful in underscoring the conformation “ Cold Beer But No Popcorn for Permafrost;” “ Too details offered in the text. If there was anything Dry To Take Root for Arid Lands;” “Too Much Salt: lacking in this book it would be a chart that compares High Blood Pressure for Saline soils;” “Too Much the primary characteristics of the breeds. Alkali: Soft Soap Treatment for Sodic soils;” “That Usually I review books within the context of what Bitter Taste: Aluminum Toxicity for Acid soils;” faculty might consider for student-textbook adop- “Embalmed Plant Remains: Peat and Muck;” “Cat tion. Although this book does not appear to be Clay: Acid Sulfate Soils;” and “Too Much Water: explicitly designed for that purpose and, weighing Hydric Soils.” The explanations on each soil type are approximately eight pounds, would certainly be a easy to understand and provide stimulating discus- challenge to carry around campus, it would be an sions. excellent reference for a beginning class on beef Chapter 7 focuses on soil management, such as cattle, and is certainly very appropriate as a reference conservation and water management for the hill- tool for faculty and to be made available to students slope land, erosion control, and other related prac- (e.g., at the library). It is concise, yet informative and tices. In this chapter, the author provided great could easily be read in its entirety with a couple of photos showing various spatial conditions of soils and dedicated evenings. landscapes around the world. He also mentioned no In summary, it is rare to be delighted by a book two land areas are identically alike, but certain basic reviewed within the context of its potential to principles may be implemented widely. This chapter contribute to education in agriculture. This is a rare contains an important message from the author: book in that context. Breeds of Cattle, 2nd edition, is “Although human can alter some landscape feature to a book that will also find its way to a broader audience reduce undesirable effects of water and wind on the and is one we can be proud of to represent one of our land surface, extreme sporadic and catastrophic industry's sectors. events beyond the control of humans naturally occur and drastically alter the shape of the land and the Cheryl J. Wachenheim properties of the soil.” North Dakota State University Chapter 8 attempts to describe human activities that change soil properties, such as water, tempera- Soils, Land, and Life ture, and nutrients. It provides examples of tradi- tional management practices, namely chitemente in By S.W. Buol, 2008, Prentice Hall, 320 Zambia and manure gathering in Western Europe. In pages, soft cover, $ 60.00, ISBN -13: addition, this chapter explores the benefits and 9780131914810, ISBN-10: 0131914812 challenges to the utilization of technology in growing As more of the human population lives in urban crops. areas, land for food production has become less Chapter 9, “What It Takes to Do Our Job” is a available. In th
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