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Digestates from cover crop, straw and cattle slurry mixtures as nutrient source in organic cropping system


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Fontaine, D; Perschke, YML; Feng, L; Møller, HB; Eriksen, J and Sørensen, P (2018) Digestates from cover crop, straw and cattle slurry mixtures as nutrient source in organic cropping system. In: Biogas Science International Conference proceedings.

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Yields in organic arable farming are way below the potential. The reasons are due to the lack of nutrients and poor synchrony between nutrient availability and crop demand (Möller and Müller, 2012). Nitrogen (N) is often the most limiting nutrient for biomass production. Nitrogen available in soil is taken up by plant almost exclusively in mineral form. Yet, limitation of mineralized N in soil is often the problem especially in organic farming. In crop management systems using only organic substrates, the challenge is to increase the N mineral fertilizer value of organic substrates in order for organic farming to rely on organic fertilizer sources. Anaerobic digestion has the potential to increase the nutrients availability (Webb et al., 2013). Cover crops (CC) are useful to reduce nutrient leaching losses and they have the potential to produce extra biomass for biogas production. If a CC with symbiotic N fixation is used the CC can also contribute with extra N to the system. The biomass production in cover crops is influenced by the main crop harvest time and probably by the straw management. The aim of the current study is to quantify the influence of main crop harvest time and straw management and the inclusion of anaerobic digestion of cover crops and straw on N utilization and on potential biogas production. A comparison between mono- and co-digestion of cover crops, straw and cattle slurry is also included.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Speech
Keywords:silage, anaerobic digestion, nutrient, N fertilizer value
Subjects: Soil > Nutrient turnover
Crop husbandry > Post harvest management and techniques
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 3 > NutHY
Deposited By: Eriksen, Professor Jørgen
ID Code:37579
Deposited On:19 Mar 2020 13:09
Last Modified:19 Mar 2020 13:09
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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