Farmer perceptions of soil quality and their relationship to management-sensitive soil parameters

  title={Farmer perceptions of soil quality and their relationship to management-sensitive soil parameters},
  author={J. Gruver and Ray Weil},
  journal={Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems},
  pages={271 - 281}
  • J. GruverR. Weil
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Environmental Science
  • Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
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