Edited by Ted M. Zobeck and William F. Schillinger. SSSA Spec. Publ. 60. SSSA, 5585 Guilford Rd., Madison, WI 53711. 2010. 301 pp. Hardcover. Member price $48, nonmember price $60. ISBN: 978-0-89118-852-0.

This excellent anthology is essentially an agricultural geography of the contiguous United States; Alaska and Hawaii are unfortunately not included. I refer to the book as an agricultural geography because it is spatially organized and conceptualized. Moreover, the nature of the subject matter dictates that the broader themes of agriculture, including crops, tillage, fertilization, and pesticides, are discussed in their regional setting.

The book opens with an outstanding...

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