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Compost and manure effects on fertilized corn silage yield and nitrogen uptake under irrigation

Lehrsch, G.A. and Kincaid, D.C. (2007) Compost and manure effects on fertilized corn silage yield and nitrogen uptake under irrigation. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 38:2131-2147.

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Dairy manure increases the yields of dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and
spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) from eroded, furrow-irrigated soils and may
increase corn (Zea mays L.) silage yield from steeper eroded areas under sprinkler irrigation.
In a 2-year field study in southern Idaho on Portneuf silt loam (coarse silty,
mixed, superactive, mesic Durinodic Xeric Haplocalcid), the effects of a one-time,
fall application of 29 or 72 Mg ha-1 of dry manure or 22 or 47 Mg ha21 of dry
compost on subsequent silage yield and nitrogen (N) uptake from previously eroded,
sprinkler-irrigated hill slopes were evaluated. In October 1999, stockpiled or
composted dairy manure was disked to a depth of 0.15 m into plots with slopes from
0.8 to 4.4%. After planting field corn in 2000 and 2001, a low-pressure, six-span
traveling lateral sprinkler system was utilized to apply water at 28 mm h21 in
amounts sufficient to satisfy evapotranspiration to 6.4- � 36.6-m field plots. Yields
in 2000 were 27.5 Mg ha21
, similar among all rates of all amendments and a fertilized
control. In 2001, compost applied at oven-dry rates up to 47 Mg ha-1 increased yield
compared to controls. Silage yield in 2001 increased initially then decreased with
increasing manure applications. Where compost or manure was applied, regardless
of rate, 2-year average N uptake was 15% greater than controls. Regardless of
treatment or year, yields decreased linearly as soil slope increased.

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 1230
Subjects: Irrigated crops > Corn / maize
Manure > Application guidelines > Corn
Manure > Composted manure
Manure > Chemistry
Soil > Amendments > Fertilizer
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:49
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 16:55
Item ID: 66