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Effect of poplar trees on nitrogen and water balance in outdoor pig production – A case study in Denmark

Manevski, Kirl; Jakobsen, Malene; Kongsted, A.G.; Geogiadis, Petros; Labouriau, R.; Hermansen, J.E. and Jørgensen, Uffe (2018) Effect of poplar trees on nitrogen and water balance in outdoor pig production – A case study in Denmark. Science of the Total Environment, 646, pp. 1448-1458.

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Online at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.376

Summary

Nitrate leaching from outdoor pig production is a long-standing environmental problem for surface and groundwater pollution. In this study, the effects of inclusion of poplar trees in paddocks for lactating sows on nitrogen (N) balances were studied for an organic pig farm in Denmark. Vegetation conditions, soil water and nitrate dynamics were measured in poplar and grass zones of paddocks belonging to main treatments: access to trees (AT), no access to trees (NAT) and a control without trees (NT), during the hydrological year April 2015 to April 2016. Soil water drainage for each zone, simulated by two simulation models (CoupModel and Daisy), was used to estimate nitrate leaching from the zones in each paddock. N balances (input minus output) for the treatments were computed and compared.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
Denmark > Organic RDD 2 > pECOSYSTEM
DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.376
Deposited By: Mukendi, Therese K
ID Code:33775
Deposited On:11 Sep 2018 13:28
Last Modified:11 Sep 2018 13:28
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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