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Ammonia volatilization, nitrogen in soil, and growth of barley after application of peat manure and pig slurry

Mattila, Pasi K. (2006) Ammonia volatilization, nitrogen in soil, and growth of barley after application of peat manure and pig slurry. Agricultural and Food Science, 15 (2), pp. 138-151.

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Peat is added to manure, because its low pH and capacity to adsorb ammonia (NH3) give it potential to reduce nitrogen (N) loss. Peat manure was prepared by mixing pig slurry with moderately humified Sphagnum peat. Less than 1% of applied ammoniacal N was volatilized as NH3 from peat manure and pig slurry within 8 h of surface application on clay loam soil according to JTI method. Incorporated manures showed even smaller N loss. The low volatilization was due to the adsorption of manure ammoniacal N by peat, and the infiltration of slurry into harrowed, moist clay soil. In another experiment, peat manure was applied on polypropylene fabric without soil contact. Within the first 3 days there was only 9% reduction in the ammoniacal N of peat manure, but the major part of it was lost during several weeks of dry and warm weather. Peat manure did not cause any major improvements on the growth and N uptake of spring barley in spring and early summer as compared with slurry. Moisture deficit limited the availability of ammoniacal N of manures. As compared with surface application, incorporation of manures increased nitrification of ammonium in the soil, and dry matter mass (19–73%) and N uptake of barley. Supplementing manures with inorganic NPK fertilizer increased both dry matter mass (40–98%) and N concentration of barley stand.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:nitrogen, ammonia volatilization, animal manures, slurries, peat, barley
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Research affiliation: Finland > Univ. Helsinki
Deposited By: Koistinen, Riitta
ID Code:16805
Deposited On:03 Mar 2010 12:52
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:43
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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