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Author(s):Gaines, T. P.; Gaines, S. T.
Author Affiliation:Tifton Physical Soil Testing Laboratory, Inc., 1412 Murray Ave., Tifton, GA 31794
Title:Soil texture effect on nitrate leaching in soil percolates
Source:Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. Vol. 25, No. 13/14, 1994, p. 2561-2570.
# of Pages:10
Publishing Information:New York, NY: Marcel Dekker
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Soil mixtures; Soil texture; Leaching; Nitrates; Percolation; Physical properties of soil
Abstract/Contents:"Nitrate nitrogen (NO3-N), which is an essential source of nitrogen (N) for plant growth, is now considered a potential pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is because excess applied amounts of NO3-N can move into streams by run-off and into ground water by leaching, thereby becoming and environmental hazard. Soils have varied retentive properties depending on their texture, organic matter content, and cation exchange capacity (CEC). The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of soil texture on NO3-N retention to reduce NO3-N contamination in the environment. A sand, 85:15 sand:peat Greensmix, a loamy sand, and sandy clay loam soils were placed in 2x3 inch metal cylinders and soaked in a 240 ppm solution of NO3-N for seven days to saturate the soil with NO3 ions. The columns were leached with water to collect 10 soil percolate samples samples of 50 mL each until a total volume of 500 mL was collected. Nitrate-N was measured in each 50-mL aliquot by automated colorimetry. The results showed that soil texture affected the retention of NO3-N in the sand, which adsorbed the least amount of NO3-N at 119 ppm, followed by the Greensmix at 215 ppm, loamy sand at 149 ppm, and sandy clay loam at 173 ppm. More NO3-N was released in the first 50 mL of the sand percolate at 63% followed by the Greensmix, loamy sand, and sandy clay loam at 58, 46, and 37% NO3-N released, respectively. Soils with more silt, clay, and organic matter retained more NO3-N than the straight sand. Therefore, a straight sand would be the poorest of soil types since NO3-N retention was low."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Gaines, T. P., and S. T. Gaines. 1994. Soil texture effect on nitrate leaching in soil percolates. Commun. Soil. Sci. Plant Anal. 25(13/14):p. 2561-2570.
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