Agriculture Books

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Agriculture Books

Agriculture is the science or practice of farming, which includes soil cultivation for agricultural production and animal rearing for food, wool, and other products. Here’s a category-wise compilation of a list of books on agriculture for beginners and advanced users as well as books on agricultural production, machinery, technologies used, and different types of agriculture like precision agriculture and sustainable agriculture. Additionally, we have listed the books on agricultural economics, finance, marketing, meteorology, extension, and books on agriculture methods and technologies followed in various countries.

List of Agriculture Books with author’s names, publishers, and an unbiased review as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books.

  1. Agriculture Books for Beginners
  2. Advanced Agriculture Books
  3. Books on Agriculture Production
  4. Books on Machineries of Agriculture
  5. Books on Technologies used in Agriculture
  6. Books on Agricultural Economics
  7. Books on Agriculture Finance and Marketing
  8. Books on Precision Agriculture
  9. Books on Sustainable Agriculture
  10. Books on Agricultural Meteorology
  11. Books on Agricultural Extension
  12. Books on Agriculture of Various Countries
  13. Books on Various Specialized Agriculture Streams
  14. Additional Recommendations


1. Agriculture Books for Beginners

1. “Fundamentals of Agriculture” by Arya
“Fundamentals of Agriculture” Book Review: This book provides information on the fundamentals of agriculture which is required for competitive exams in agriculture. The book covers chapters on general agriculture, agricultural climatology, genetics, plant breeding and biotechnology. It also covers plant physiology and biochemistry, seed technology, agronomy, soil science and agricultural microbiology. The book discusses topics on horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural extension, agricultural economics and agricultural statistics. The book includes short answer descriptive questions regarding the subject.

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2. “Elements of Agricultural Engineering” by Jagdishwar Sahay
“Elements of Agricultural Engineering” Book Review: This book has been rewritten entirely in order to keep up with the modern and latest developments in the field of engineering, both in approach and content. The book contains newer illustrations in the form of diagrams to make the topic more understandable. keeping in mind, the latest syllabus of various universities in India, topics like Farm Power and Farm Mechanisation, Renewable Energy, Internal Combustion Engine, Measurement of Engine Power are included in this book and a detailed description is also provided by the author. A large number of solved numerical examples drawn from various university examinations have been given at the end of the theoretical part of each chapter. Advanced topics covered in the book include Strength of Materials and Material of Construction, Mechanical Power Transmission, Tillage Implements, Seeding and Fertilizing Equipments, Pumps for Irrigation, Plant Protection Equipments, Harvesting and Threshing Equipments. Other important topics include Processing Equipments, Grain Driers, Dairy Equipments and Farm Electricity.

3. “Principles of Agricultural Engineering” by Michael and Ojha
“Principles of Agricultural Engineering” Book Review: This book is mainly designed for GATE aspirants and also for those preparing for other competitive examinations as well as engineering students and teachers. It covers the topics of Sources of Farm Power and Scope of Mechanization, Principles of Operation of Oil Engines, Engine System and Tractor Power Trains – Traction Devices Cost Analysis and Electricity on the farm widely. Also Contained in it are exam patterns and latest research results which will give a wider scope for preparation. The book covers various concepts on Machine Elements and Materials of Construction, Seedbed Preparation Machinery, Seeding, Harvesting and Threshing Machinery, Agricultural Processing and Plant Protection Machinery, Dairy Machinery, Planning of Farmstead and Farm Residence, Animal Shelters and Building Materials, Storage Structures on the Farm & Villages etc in it’s subsequent chapters on topics like. Each chapter contains various formulae, laws and important points in order to make the revision easier.

4. “Principles of Agricultural Engineering Vol. II” by Michael A M and Ojha T P

5. “Irrigation and Agricultural Drainage Engineering” by Aleix Campo
“Irrigation and Agricultural Drainage Engineering” Book Review: This textbook deals with the elementary aspects with a special emphasis on the water control structures so that the subject is perceived by the student as both a science and an art. The theories and explanations are supported by a large number of solved examples. Additional figures have also been added for the clarity and understanding of the book. Multiple choice questions and other pedagogically arranged questions are also provided to help students assess their subject knowledge. This book is designed primarily as a textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is also useful for undergraduate students of engineering.


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2. Advanced Agriculture Books

1. “Unit Operations of Agricultural Processing” by Sahay K M
“Unit Operations of Agricultural Processing” Book Review: This book has been rewritten entirely in order to keep up with the modern and latest developments in the field of engineering, both in approach and content. The book contains newer illustrations in the form of diagrams to make the topics more understandable. Keeping in mind the latest syllabus of various universities in India, topics like basic unit operations of post-harvest agricultural processing, specifications, design, and testing procedures of modern grain dryers, husk fired furnaces etc are included in this book and a detailed description is also provided by the author. A large number of solved numerical examples are also provided. This book is targeted for students pursuing B.Tech. and M.Tech in Agriculture Engineering.

2. “Post-harvest Crop Processing: Some Tools for Agriculture (Guide to Appropriate Equipment)” by John Boyd and Brian Clarke

3. “Agricultural Extension and Rural Development: Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions” by Ray Ison and David Russell
“Agricultural Extension and Rural Development: Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions” Book Review: Streamlined to facilitate the student’s understanding on rural research and development situations, this edition, containing the latest techniques and methodologies and new problems, provide a comprehensive treatment of knowledge transfer. It also deals with the special requirements of research and development. This book is designed for undergraduate students of agricultural engineering and courses. It will also be of considerable value to students of agricultural professionals engineering.

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4. “Farmers Participation in Agricultural Research and Extension Systems” by National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

5. “Development Communication for Agriculture” by R K Samanta
“Development Communication for Agriculture” Book Review: This book has been rewritten entirely in order to keep up with the modern and latest developments in the field of engineering, both in approach and content. The book contains newer illustrations of problems of landlessness, poverty, high growth of population, unemployment, rural-urban drift and an equitable distribution of food and income in the form of diagrams to make the topic more understandable. Keeping in mind, the latest syllabus of various universities in India, topics like communication media and technique to promote development and achieve desired objectives are included in this book and a detailed description is also provided by the author. A large number of solved numerical examples drawn from various university examinations have been given at the end of the theoretical part of each chapter.

6. “Beyond Farmer First: Rural People’s Knowledge, Agricultural Research and Extension Practice” by Robert W Chambers and Ian Scoones
“Beyond Farmer First: Rural People’s Knowledge, Agricultural Research and Extension Practice” Book Review: This book is targeted for undergraduate level students and the concepts are explained in a simple and concise manner. The points are covered in a logical way, and there are a wide range of solved examples given in the book. It’s main focus lies on Applied problems. Topics like agricultural research and extension, far from being discrete, rational acts and various problems dealing with are dealt in this book. Diagrams provided in this book are clear and error free. There are standard and simple procedures used for deriving equations and it contains ample number of solved examples. This book is mainly for agricultural students.

7. “The Competitiveness of Tropical Agriculture: A Guide to Competitive Potential with Case Studies” by Roger D Norton
“The Competitiveness of Tropical Agriculture: A Guide to Competitive Potential with Case Studies” Book Review: This book consisting of 322 pages is a teaching aid as well as a practical guide for undergraduate students pursuing bsc or for agricultural students having a paper in their course syllabus. Several important concepts such as tropical fruit, nuts, and other high-value crops are covered extensively by the author in this textbook.

8. “Genetic and Molecular Basis of Plant Pathogenesis (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences)” by J E Vanderplank
“Genetic and Molecular Basis of Plant Pathogenesis (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences)” Book Review: This textbook deals with the elementary aspects of biology and molecular pathogenesis of lymphomas and biology and genetic basis of these diseases so that the subject is perceived by the student as both a science and an art. The theories and explanations are supported by a large number of solved examples. Additional figures have also been added for the clarity and understanding of the book. Multiple choice questions and other pedagogically arranged questions are also provided to help students assess their subject knowledge. This book is designed primarily as a textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is also useful for undergraduate students of engineering.

9. “Management of Water Use in Agriculture (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences)” by Kenneth K Tanji and Bruno Yaron
“Management of Water Use in Agriculture (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences)” Book Review: This book is written for the postgraduate students of environmental engineering and agricultural engineering. It can also be used by policy makers as a reference. This book discusses the increasing competition for water quality and water quantity. It covers the topics of water conservation, technology in agricultural systems and available water resources. It also covers the problems of water treatment and water uses. It presents the concept of management and policy evaluation in detail. This book has included many facts and figures. It also has many real-life examples.

10. “Agriculture in India: Institutional Structure and Reforms” by Kartik Prasad Jena
“Agriculture in India: Institutional Structure and Reforms” Book Review: It explains the institutional framework of Indian agriculture. It deals with the issues related to land management. It also discusses land reforms and agricultural credit. It describes the marketing of agricultural products. It gives a brief on the procurement of agricultural products and related areas.


3. Books on Agriculture Production

1. “Utilization of Agricultural Biomass for Energy and Densified Fuel” by Singh Jaswinder
“Utilization of Agricultural Biomass for Energy and Densified Fuel” Book Review: This book discusses the utilization of agricultural biomass that are fast depleting in India and there is growing concern over the environmental degradation caused by conventional power plants. This book examines utilization of agricultural biomass in the energy sector for power and densified fuel. The potential of unused agricultural biomass for power generation in Punjab state has been determined. This book discusses the collection and transportation of the biomass to optimum number of power plants in Punjab. To overcome the difficulty in handling of loose biomass, reduce transportation cost and produce a uniform, clean, stable fuel, the densification process has been reviewed. The densification technologies, system variables, compaction models and economics have been studied in order to set up an optimized densification plant. The emission of pollutants in India due to biomass energy has also been studied. The book in overall explores the optimal usage of unused agricultural biomass.

2. “Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture” by Robert C Brown and Tristan R Brown
“Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture” Book Review: This book is about the Biorenewable Resources in the field of Engineering. This book will be helpful for the students, professionals, and researchers working in the field of processing biorenewable resources. The chapters in this book provide fundamental concepts of engineering thermodynamics and organic chemistry relevant to the field. This book also provides practical guidance in feedstock production, processing, economics, and policy. The second edition of this foundational text will be an essential volume for anyone working in the biorenewables field. This book also provides comprehensive coverage of the development of renewable resources from biomass and agricultural residues. This book reflects the current state of the biorenewable resource research and industry.

3. “Exploitation and Utilization of Biological Resources – Agricultural Products Deep Processing Series” by yi mei hua
“Exploitation and Utilization of Biological Resources – Agricultural Products Deep Processing Series” Book Review: This book can be helpful for both practical and theory and advanced science, applied the basic theory of nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology. This book can be referred for the research in resource development, agricultural and sideline products and comprehensive utilization. This book can also be used in the field of food technology, bio-pharmaceuticals, integrated the physical, chemical and biological engineering of modern engineering techniques. This book clearly introduces the resource conditions of plants, animals, microorganisms, the chemical (nutritional) composition of the main resource, product development and comprehensive utilization technology. It can also be used for universities of agricultural and sideline products processing, bio-chemical, food and fermentation.

4. “Agricultural Production: Organic and Conventional Systems” by O M Akinyemi
“Agricultural Production: Organic and Conventional Systems” Book Review: This book is written to educate students and farmers on how to retain soil nutrients without affecting the environment. The production efficiency and economic benefits of agricultural production systems, comparing both organic and conventional systems has been examined. The definition of land and its uses, factors affecting soil formation, methods of replenishing lost nutrients, methods of planting, rules and regulations implemented by communities, states, and countries are also discussed. The experiments that were conducted on the soil to find out the effects and factors affecting nutrients mineralization are described in this book. It reviews the effects of agricultural chemicals on soil organisms and other agricultural practices.


4. Books on Machineries of Agriculture

1. “Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization: Mechanization, Machinery, landform, tillage, farm operations” by Engr Segun R Bello
“Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization: Mechanization, Machinery, landform, tillage, farm operations” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of mechanical engineering and agriculture. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book discusses the scientific research on developing technologies in agricultural operations. It discusses how they can lead to increased agricultural production. It covers in detail the machinery utilization in agricultural production. It also explains the various machinery operations for agricultural mechanization. This book has included many figures. It also has many real-life examples to simplify the concepts.

2. “Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications” by Ray V Herren
“Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of mechanical engineering and agriculture. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book covers fundamental mechanical and engineering theory. It also covers common materials and tools with a wide range of applications. It explores concepts like tool fitting, power mechanics and career opportunities. It also examines topics like electrical wiring, agricultural structures and plumbing. This book has included many figures, data and tables. It also has many real-life examples to simplify the concepts.

3. “Testing and Evaluation of Agricultural Machinery” by S R Verma and M L Mehta
“Testing and Evaluation of Agricultural Machinery” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of mechanical engineering and agriculture. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book discusses agricultural mechanization in India. It also discusses testing of agricultural tractors and evaluation systems in India. It also reviews the testing of rice transplanter, tillage machinery and irrigation pumps. It includes the testing of fertilizer drills as well. This book has included many figures. It also has many real-life examples to simplify the concepts.

4. “Farm Tools and Equipment or Agriculture” by Delacolonge
“Farm Tools and Equipment or Agriculture” Book Review: This book provides enough coverage, up to point solutions as well as sufficient exercises for the readers desiring to gain maximum knowledge after the completion of the book. Provided in the book are chapters on tractor engine design, fuels and lubricants, and hydraulic systems etc. Other important topics covered in the book include theory of rock, soil and mud, blasting and tunnelling, pit operations as well as cost and management. Plethora of solved examples are included in every chapter of the book. Advanced concepts like various tools and equipment for land development, seed bed preparation, seeding, planting & transplanting, weeding & intercultural, plant protection, harvesting and threshing, straw management, horticulture and forage crops are also covered extensively in the book. Students pursuing agricultural as well as post graduate students of Arts and Commerce can benefit from the book. Students preparing for various competitive examinations may also find it beneficial.

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5. Books on Technologies used in Agriculture

1. “Data Mining in Agriculture: Volume 34 (Springer Optimization and Its Applications)” by Antonio Mucherino and Petraq Papajorgji
“Data Mining in Agriculture: Volume 34 (Springer Optimization and Its Applications)” Book Review: This book is a comprehensive effort to provide graduate students and researchers with an analytical text on data mining techniques applied to agriculture and environmental related fields. This book presents both theoretical and practical insights with a focus on presenting the context of each data mining technique. This book covers several topics in data mining within the context of agriculture. Every problem at the end of each chapter is provided with solutions.

2. “Remote Sensing: Techniques In Agriculture” by D D Sahu
“Remote Sensing: Techniques In Agriculture” Book Review: This book is written for the postgraduate students of agricultural engineering. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book reviews the collection of information on natural resources using electromagnetic energy. It discusses the fundamental principles of radiation and remote sensing. It also discusses the remote sensing satellites and techniques used in agriculture. It covers the concepts of forecasting crop production and monitoring resource utilization. This book has included many tables and illustrations. It also has many practical case-studies.


6. Books on Agricultural Economics

1. “Principles of Agricultural Economics” by Sundar
“Principles of agricultural economics” Book Review: Basic overview of this book includes the topics like the principles of ‘microeconomics’ or ‘price-theory’ and the book describes the significance of agricultural economics for rural development. It also covers the topics of agricultural and food sectors of developing countries. Particularly targeted for students, this book provides a complete overview of several related and relevant topics.

2. “Principles of Agricultural Economics: Markets and Prices in Less Developed Countries” by David Colman and Trevor Young
“Principles of Agricultural Economics” Book Review: Markets and Prices in Less Developed Countries Book Review: Main emphasis on the economic principles required by agricultural economists involved in rural development has been provided in the book. Topics like principles of production, supply and demand has been provided in the first few chapters of the book. In the second section of the book, chapters devoted to topics like tools for the study and management of the agricultural sector and food markets, equilibrium and exchange are provided. In the final part of the book, chapters like trade and the theory of economic welfare, materials, analysing and comparing the effects of alternative agricultural policies etc are provided. This book is best suited for undergraduate as well as post-graduate students.

3. “Soil Cutting and Tillage (Developments in Agricultural Economics)” by Edward McKyes
“Soil Cutting and Tillage (Developments in Agricultural Economics)” Book Review: This book provides enough coverage, up to point solutions as well as sufficient exercises for the readers desiring to gain maximum knowledge after the completion of the book. Provided in the book are chapters on methods of measuring soil mechanical properties, water pressure in soil and shear rate effects etc. Other important topics covered in the book include theory of soil cutting forces and soil volumes. Plethora of solved examples are included in every chapter of the book. Advanced concepts like soil loosening, structural rearrangement and plant growth are also covered extensively in the book. Students pursuing BA and agriculture courses (Pass and Honours) as well as post graduate students of Arts and Commerce can benefit from the book. Students preparing for various competitive examinations may also find it beneficial.

4. “Simulation and Systems Analysis in Agriculture (Developments in Agricultural Economics)” by G Radovics and Csaba Csaki
“Simulation and Systems Analysis in Agriculture (Developments in Agricultural Economics)” Book Review: This book is written for the managers, engineers and students of simulation of agriculture machinery. The book discusses the use of simulation methods and applications of different models in agriculture. The book covers topics ranging from basics of modelling agriculture systems to the modelling of agricultural systems nationally and internationally. CMEA agricultural model and Hungarian Agricultural model are also discussed in the book along with the results obtained through them. The book concludes with the methodological experiences acquired by employing simulation in agriculture.

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7. Books on Agriculture Finance and Marketing

1. “Banking Reforms and Agricultural Finance in India” by S M Jawed Akhtar and Nahid Akhtar Siddiqi
“Banking Reforms and Agricultural Finance in India” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of economics and agricultural engineering. It can also be used by bank professionals as a reference. This book focuses on the need of credit for the agricultural sector. It talks about the social responsibility of financial institutions to give credit to rural households. It also discusses the threat of high cost structure of operations and mounting overdues. It presents in detail the policy of a competitive financial system. It examines the agricultural credit before and after the banking reforms in India. This book has many real-life case studies. It also has many solved numericals to simplify the concepts.

2. “Agricultural Banking in India” by Manish Dubey
“Agricultural Banking in India” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of economics and agricultural engineering. It can also be used by bank professionals as a reference. This book covers the topics of contract farming and national poultry policy. It also discusses the concepts of agricultural policy and long term agricultural growth. It focuses on the concepts of commodity market and commodity exchange as well. It also talks about irrigation, nutrition security and framework for technology development in agriculture. This book has many real-life case studies. It also has many solved problems to simplify the concepts.

3. “Banking Sector Reforms And Agricultural Finance” by R K Mishra
“Banking Sector Reforms And Agricultural Finance” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of economics and agricultural engineering. It can also be used by bank professionals as a reference. This book discusses the reforms in the banking sector. It also discusses the WTO developments and transformation by Indian banking industry. It presents the topics of merger of banks and companies in detail. It covers the concepts of pattern of utilisation, overdues and default of agricultural loans. This book focuses on Bayesian and Discriminant analysis. It also has many solved problems to simplify the concepts.

4. “Rural and Agricultural Marketing” by Partha Sarathi Senapati
“Rural and Agricultural Marketing” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of economics and agriculture. It can also be used by economists as a reference. This book discusses the huge business potential of rural india in all segments of the industry. It reviews the success of telecom, consumer durables and FMCG in the rural areas. It also discusses the skewness of living comfort among the different people of the same village. It also talks about the income pattern and insurance in rural areas. This book has included many facts and figures.. It also has many case studies to simplify the concepts.

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8. Books on Precision Agriculture

1. “Physical Methods in Agriculture: Approach to Precision and Quality” by Jirí Blahovec and Miroslav Kutílek
“Physical Methods in Agriculture: Approach to Precision and Quality” Book Review: The book features the physical properties of agro-materials. The book is divided into three parts such as Soil and Allocation agriculture, Properties and Quality and finally Fruits. The book covers topics like image analysis and microscopic techniques to characterize soil pore system, horizontal hydraulic conductivity of vertical interaggregate capillary, estimation error in statistical distribution, influence of tillage methods on the infiltration in soil, precision farming, monitoring frost injury to winter crops, stress relaxation in potatoes, determination of hen’s eggshell elastic properties, cracking mechanism of grain legume, properties of grain, digital image analysis, thermal conductivity of macaroni products and basic concepts of transgenic crops. Along with these, the book also includes physical properties of fruit firmness, firmness and softening of fruits and vegetables, determination of drop damage index, color as a quality factor, uncertainty measurements of the fruit impacts by artificial fruit, thermal imaging and sensing taste attributes of plums using infrared reflectance spectroscopy.

2. “Precision Agriculture ’13” by John V Stafford
“Precision Agriculture ’13” Book Review: The book deals with the role of precision agriculture in terms of the environment, market forces, quality requirements, traceability, vehicle guidance and crop management. The book provides peer reviewed papers presented at the 9th European Conference on Precision Agriculture in Lleida, Spain. The book features the basic concepts associated with precision agriculture such as technology, crop science, soil science, agronomy, information technology, decision support, remote sensing and others. The book is developed for researchers, advisors, teachers and professionals in agriculture.

3. “Agricultural Automation: Fundamentals and Practices” by Qin Zhang and Francis J Pierce
“Agricultural Automation: Fundamentals and Practices” Book Review: The book focuses on automation technologies in agriculture. The book covers topics like agricultural vehicle robots and infotronic systems, precision agriculture, efficiency of agricultural inputs, spatial and temporal management of agricultural systems, specific agricultural production systems, animal housing and production, automation relative to specific inputs in agricultural production systems, liability issues and post harvest automation. Special emphasis is laid upon the fundamentals of automation technologies and practices.

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9. Books on Sustainable Agriculture

1. “Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture” by A K Sharma

2. “Sustainable Agriculture and Integrated Farming Systems” by Thomas Edens

3. “Food from dry lands: An integrated approach to planning of agricultural development (System Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development)” by Alberda and H van Keulen
4. “Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture (Sustainable Development and Biodiversity)” by Dilip Nandwani
“Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture (Sustainable Development and Biodiversity)” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of agricultural engineering. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book discusses organic farming and presents many contributions from leading researchers. It also discusses biodiversity science, sustainable horticulture and plant ecosystems. It reviews the concepts of crop rotation, pest management and organic agriculture. It also covers the topics of composting, meat production, organic milk and ecological issues. This book has included many economic concepts. It also has many real-life case studies to simplify the concepts.

5. “A Textbook of Farming System and Sustainable Agriculture” by Aniket Kalhapure and Madhukar Dhonde
6. “Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture” by S C Panda
“Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture” Book Review: This is a textbook that acts as a guide for students of agriculture, veterinary and field practitioners. It explains the organic farming, potential and strategies of organic farming. It also explains the source of plant nutrients, soil fertility and productivity. It gives a brief on an integrated nutrient supply system for sustainable agriculture. It provides information on organic farming in India and abroad. It gives a brief on farming systems and integrated farming systems. It provides an in-depth explanation of soil fertility management on crop production. It serves as a good reference for professionals engaged in agricultural development.

7. “Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Agriculture” by James F Power and Rajendra Prasad
“Soil Fertility Management for Sustainable Agriculture” Book Review: This book is a reference for environmental and agricultural professionals. It will be a textbook for undergraduate students who have taken courses in agriculture. It describes the development of sustainable agriculture and the management of soil fertility. It explains how soils can be managed under different environmental conditions. It explains both temperate and tropical zones. It includes diagrams and tables to illustrate the concepts.

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10. Books on Agricultural Meteorology

1. “Principles of Agricultural Meteorology” by Mote
“Principles of Agricultural Meteorology” Book Review: This book is designed for researchers exploring the field of agricultural meteorology. The chapters covered in this book include: Meteorology, Agricultural meteorology, solar radiation, air temperature, wind and pressure, condensation, precipitation, indian monsoon, drought, weather and forecasting and agromet advisory services, micrometeorology, remote sensing, crop modelling, global warming and climate change, agrometeorological observatory, measurement of air and soil temperature, measurement of rainfall, measurement of evaporation rate, measurement of wind, measurement of bright sunshine hours and radiation, measurement of atmospheric pressure, measurement of relative humidity, study of automatic weather station, and preparation of synoptic charts. Selected references and objective questions are also provided in the end.

2. “Manual on Practical Agricultural Meteorology” by H V and B K
“Manual on Practical Agricultural Meteorology” Book Review: This book would be helpful for people who want a hand at practice on agricultural , Weather elements, various instruments, their installation and maintenance, Calculation of time, Measurements of air temperature and soil temperature, Measurement of atmospheric humidity, Measurement of rainfall, Measurement of wind, Measurement of evaporation, Measurement of solar radiation, Measurement of cloud amount, Preparation of Isohyetal and Isothermal Maps, Concept of potential evapotranspiration, Rainfall probability analysis, Study of microclimate, Water budgeting, Synoptic charts and weather reports.

3. “Practical Agricultural Meteorology” by A K Srivastava and P K Tyagi
“Practical Agricultural Meteorology” Book Review: This book is designed for Agrometeorology enthusiasts. The author has discussed the following topics inside the book : Introduction, Installation of agro-meteorological observatory, Measurement of rainfall, Measurement of snowfall, Measurement of air temperature, Measurement of soil temperature, Measurement of grass minimum Temperatur, Measurement of humidity, Measurement of wind, Measurement of duration of bright sunshine, Measurement of duration of bright sunshine, Measurement of cloudiness, Measurement of solar radiation and Albedo, Measurement of evaporation, Measurement of dew, Measurement of pressure, Measurement of pressure, Measurement of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), Measurement of crop, Canopy temperature, Measurement of leaf area index, Measurement of transpiration, Measurement of soil moisture content, Measurement of evapo-transpiration, Study of automatic weather station, Measurement of upper air observation, Agro-meteorological data management, Agro-meteorological data analysis and Computation of heat indices.

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11. Books on Agricultural Extension

1. “Agricultural Extension : Innovations And Dimensions” by Kumar Dileep|Singh Khejan

2. “Agriculture Extension” by Sagar Mondal
“Agriculture Extension” Book Review: This is a complete reading material on Agricultural Extension fundamentally for the college understudies of the Faculties of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Fishery and Home Science. The book has been formed covering the total undergraduate prospectuses of horticultural augmentation/expansion schooling.

3. “Agricultural Extension and Rural Development: Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions” by Ray Ison and David Russell
“Agricultural Extension and Rural Development: Breaking out of Knowledge Transfer Traditions” Book Review: Streamlined to facilitate the student’s understanding on rural research and development situations, this edition, containing the latest techniques and methodologies and new problems, provide a comprehensive treatment of knowledge transfer. It also deals with the special requirements of research and development. This book is designed for undergraduate students of agricultural engineering and courses. It will also be of considerable value to students of agricultural professionals engineering.


12. Books on Agriculture of Various Countries

1. “Saving the Seed: Genetic diversity and European Agriculture (Natural Resource Management Set Book 9)” by Renee Vellve
“Saving the Seed: Genetic diversity and European agriculture (Natural Resource Management Set Book 9)” Book Review: This book gives in-depth information about the natural resource management in genetic and European agriculture of saving seeds. This book can be useful for many Ph.D. researchers, teachers, and professors who are interested in this field. This book tells us how genetic diversity is essential to the security of agriculture. It tells us how genetic diversity and modern agriculture have put an impact on the agricultural field. This book tells us how modern agriculture has replaced diversity with uniformity, and security with vulnerability. This book contains the most up-to-date information available on genetic resources in Europe and on those working to save them.

2. “Agricultural Supply Chains, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Market Structure, Farm Constraints and Grass-root Institutions (Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development)” by Nicolas Depetris Chauvin
“Agricultural Supply Chains, Growth and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: Market Structure, Farm Constraints and Grass-root Institutions (Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development)” Book Review: This book is designed for the students of agricultural engineering, researchers and scientists. It explains how the agricultural market affects the development of dynamic food. It also explains the development of dynamic food and cash crop sectors. It also explains the economic transformation and poverty reduction in Africa. The topics are explained with the help of examples and questions at the end of the chapters.

3. “History of Nebraska Agriculture, A: A Life Worth Living (American Heritage)” by Jody L Lamp & Melody Dobson
“History of Nebraska Agriculture, A: A Life Worth Living (American Heritage)” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of agricultural engineering. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book discusses the production of feed, fuel and food in the desert of Nebraska. It talks about the farmers, agribusiness men and ranchers of Nebraska. This book presents the untold agricultural history which is more than a century and a half old. It also reviews the innovations and inventions in the Cornhusker state. This book has included many illustrations. It also has many real-life examples to simplify the concepts.

4. “A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929” by Paul K Conkin
“A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of agricultural engineering. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book discusses the fundamental changes that agriculture went through in the 80 years. It also examines how fewer people than ever are feeding a much larger population. It talks about the industrial revolution and commercial agriculture. It reviews how overproduction subsidized by the government has become the standard of modern agriculture. This book has included many illustrations. It also has many real-life examples to simplify the concepts.


13. Books on Various Specialized Agriculture Streams

1. “Agricultural Microbiology” by Rangaswami G
“Agricultural Microbiology” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of biology and agriculture. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book discusses the fundamental features of microorganisms and their relationship to agriculture. It covers the study and classification of microorganisms. It also discusses the biochemistry, morphology and physiology of microorganisms. It also elaborates soil microorganisms and their pathogenic forms. This book has included many illustrations. It also has many real-life examples to simplify the concepts.

2. “Soil Formation and Soil Moisture Dynamics in Agriculture Fields” by Pham Van Quang
“Soil Formation and Soil Moisture Dynamics in Agriculture Fields” Book Review: The book is an updated and revised piece of work featuring latest theory and recent developments in soil mechanics. It presents a conceptual model for soil formation in order to display a link between soil hydrology and plant response. The chapters of this book are detailed and contain a vast theory on topics like dynamics in agricultural fields and dynamic process oriented models. The book focuses on sustainable production and will be a great source of learning for the students and professionals of geotechnical engineering.

3. “Practical Manual for Agricultural Chemistry” by Gupta A K and Varshney M L
“Practical Manual for Agricultural Chemistry” Book Review: This book is particularly targeted for students pursuing a course on Agricultural Chemistry or have the subject in their engineering syllabus. Important concepts covered in the book include stereochemistry, physical organic chemistry, organic reaction, retrosynthetic analysis, enantioselective synthesis, total synthesis / semisynthesis, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, fullerene chemistry and many more. Exercises with relevant questions are also provided at the end of each chapter to test the understanding of the readers.

4. “The Oil Palm (World Agriculture Series)” by R H V Corley and P B H Tinker
“The Oil Palm (World Agriculture Series)” Book Review: This book provides a clear explanation on the topics like conversion of palm oil to biodiesel, discussions on the impacts of palm oil production on the environment and effects of climate change in the book. This book is targeted for agriculture students, researchers, plantation and mill managers. This is the fifth edition of the book.

5. “Soil Compaction in Crop Production (Developments in Agricultural Engineering)” by B D Soane and C van Ouwerkerk
“Soil Compaction in Crop Production (Developments in Agricultural Engineering)” Book Review: This book is presented as a combination of analytical rigour as well as accessibility. New chapters such as irrigation, drainage and tillage have been added to the existing edition of the book. Also provided in the book are a plethora of examples as well as exercise questions to practice as well as test the concepts grasped by the book. It also has all-round introduction to mechanisms, incidence and control measures related to the problems of soil compaction in agriculture, forestry and other cropping systems with an excellent list of references and diagrams are also clearly labelled in the book. Students preparing for soil physics, soil mechanics, vehicle mechanics, agricultural engineering, plant physiology, agronomy, pedology, climatology and economics as well as undergraduate students may find it fruitful.

6. “Cereal Tissue and Cell Culture (Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology)” by S W Bright and Michael Jones

7. “Advances in Agricultural Microbiology (Studies in the agricultural and food sciences)” by N S Subbarao
“Advances in Agricultural Microbiology (Studies in the agricultural and food sciences)” Book Review: This book deals with the agricultural microbiology. It consists of 25 chapters. It focuses on the microorganisms and mobilization of nutrients for plant growth. Management of pathogens, pests and weeds through microorganisms is also discussed. It also focuses on the virus, fungi, bacteria and protozoa. Agricultural antibiotics are also discussed in this book.

8. “Agricultural Soil Mechanics (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences)” by A J Koolen and H Kuipers
“Agricultural Soil Mechanics (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences)” Book Review: This book is written for the postgraduate students of geology. It can also be used by agriculturalists and environmentalists as a reference. This book discusses the soil mechanics problems in civil engineering and farming operations. It reviews the varying soil properties of different types of soils like weak mud and dry soil. It also examines the tillage of soil for farming. It covers the topics of soil dynamics, wheels and tyres. This book has included many figures and theories. It also has included many real-life examples.

9. “Agriculture, Environment and Development: International Perspectives on Water, Land and Politics” by Antonio A R Ioris
“Agriculture, Environment and Development: International Perspectives on Water, Land and Politics” Book Review: This book is written for the undergraduate students of agricultural engineering. It can also be used by working professionals as a reference. This book covers the concepts of agriculture production and environmental management. It also discusses policy making due to water scarcity and growing food demand. It also covers the topics of environmental degradation and impact of agri-food chains. It examines the huge power that is in the hands of global corporations, investment funds and mega-supermarkets. This book has included many economic concepts. It also has many real-life case studies to simplify the concepts.


Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best reference books on Agriculture and came out with a recommended list. If any more book needs to be added to this list, please let us know.

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