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Effects of ploughing depth on decomposition of barley straw in organically managed soil

Pommeresche, Reidun; Løes, Anne-Kristin; Meisingset, Erling L. and Hansen, Sissel (2006) Effects of ploughing depth on decomposition of barley straw in organically managed soil. Bioforsk- Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research. Online at <http://www.bioforsk.no/dok/senter/adm/tema/t_1_24_pommeresche.pdf>.

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Summary

Litterbag were used to study the effects of different ploughing depths on decomposition rate of barley straw with different ploughing depths. The burying depth of the litter (13 vs 25 cm) affected the decomposition rate of barely straw more than the different ploughing depths (13 vs 25 cm). From our results we suggest that slowly decomposable organic matter, such as leached barley straw, may be incorporated deeply by ploughing in organic cereal production systems, in order to regulate perennial weeds. In soils with good structure and porosity, the decomposition rate of straw can even be larger with deep ploughing. In dense, clayey soils it is important to be very accurate in ploughing time in order to secure that the ploughing is in fact loosening the soil. Otherwise, lack of oxygen and low decomposition of straw is likely to be the results.


EPrint Type:Web product
Keywords:decomposition, barley straw,earthworms, ØKOKORNSIP
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Research affiliation: Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Arable Crops Division
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
Related Links:http://www.bioforsk.no/ViewPPP.aspx?view=project&id=403&viewLanguage=NorwegianBokmaal
Deposited By: Pommeresche, Reidun
ID Code:8765
Deposited On:31 Jul 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:Results from "Organic cropping systems for higher and more stable cereal yields", which is a 5- year Strategic Institute Programme from Norwegian Research Council led by Ragnar Eltun at Bioforsk Arable Crop Division. The acronym used in Orgprints for this project is ØKOKORNSIP.

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