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Title: Predictive value of resin extraction to determine sulfur and phosphorus response of maize in a range of soils from the New England Tablelands of NSW, Australia
Contributor(s): Guppy, Christopher (author)orcid ; Blair, Graeme (author)
Corporate Author: 2009 SOIL411 Class,
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: An evaluation of the predictive capacity of resin sulfur (S) and phosphorus (P) extraction was undertaken on 18 soils from the New England Tablelands in northern NSW, Australia. Maize ('Zea mays') plants were grown for 40 days in a glasshouse in the presence or absence of sulfur and/or phosphorus fertiliser, and relative yield was determined. Comparison of the relative yield response against resin extractable S, monocalcium phosphate (MCP) S and KCl40 S using a Cate-Nelson plot revealed little difference between the three S extraction methods when soil test values were below the identified critical levels. However, values above the critical value were better able to identify where fertiliser was not required in the resin and MCP tests. The inability of the KCl40 test to correctly identify when fertiliser would not be needed was related to the short time frame of the trial where the longer term reserves that it identifies are not able to be exploited by potted plants. Evaluation of P responses was not possible due to the responsiveness of all soils to applied P, despite critical values being above previously determined threshold values for more than one third of the soils examined. It remains unclear why all soils responded to P, however tissue P concentrations match with increasing response to soil P test values. In conclusion, there is no benefit in terms of predicting S response to move to a resin extraction method, and we were unable to determine if benefits would accrue with respect to P resin tests.
Acknowledgement: This study was undertaken by students enrolled in SOIL411 and SOIL511 in the Bachelor of Rural Science degree or Master of Science in Agriculture degree at the University of New England who gained valuable experience in applied research - H. Al-Azawi, S. Al-Masoudy, A. Abdullah, H. Baqir, R. Butler, P. Davis, A. Daweri, S. Gabb, L. Gleeson, C. Schonfeldt, S. Tshewang, I. Wermizyari.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, 1st - 6th August, 2010
Conference Details: 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, 1st - 6th August, 2010
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science: Soil Solutions for a Changing World, p. 201-204
Publisher: International Union of Soil Sciences and Australian Society of Soil Science Inc
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 070306 Crop and Pasture Nutrition
050304 Soil Chemistry (excl Carbon Sequestration Science)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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