Weather and Yield. Developments in Crop Sci- its discussion of the various agroclimatic "macro- ence : Vol. 20. Jiri Petr, Ed. 1991. 288 pp. $138.50. regions," "regions," "subregions," and "districts" of hardbound. Elsevier. ISBN 0-444-98803-3. Czechoslovakia. As a meteorologist, I found chapter 4 on "The The number of books in the field of agricultural Atmosphere and Its Physical Characteristics" disap- meteorology is conspicuously small, especially those pointing, although in only 22 pages one cannot expect comprehensive enough to serve as textbooks for an too much. The chapter treats the variables of pres- introductory course in this field. When one considers sure, wind, radiation, soil and airtemperature, precipi- the large number of university students in various tation, evaporation, clouds, and humidity. Certain top- agriculturally related majors who graduate without ics are given poor explanations (e.g., radiation), oth- ever having had a course in how weather and climate ers contain inaccuracies (e.g., air must be saturated relate to their particular field of interest, one is im- before condensation occurs), and certain technical pressed with the need for a general course in agricul- words with which the general reader may be unfamiliar tural meteorology (along with textbooks for such a go undefined
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