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Soil phosphorus effects on ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) production on a Hydrosol in Tasmania


Cotching, WE and Burkitt, LL, Soil phosphorus effects on ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) production on a Hydrosol in Tasmania, New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 54, (3) pp. 193-202. ISSN 0028-8233 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00288233.2011.591809


Soil phosphorus (P) concentrations in excess of those required to maximise pasture production impose unnecessary costs on farmers and potentially increase the risk of P runoff to waterways. The relationship between soil available P concentration and pasture production was examined on an Oxyaquic Hydrosol. Mean annual pasture production ranged from 18,415 to 21,834 kg DM/ha over the 3-year sampling period. There was no significant difference in the annual DM production at Olsen P concentrations of 2381 mg/kg measured from the 075mm sampling depth. Results show that there was no increase in pasture production when soil Olsen P concentrations exceeded 23 mg/kg (075 mm). The optimum soil Olsen P ranges determined in the current study are well below the mean paddock concentrations previously measured in northwest Tasmania (54 mg/kg) and suggest that such high concentrations are not justified in terms of optimising pasture growth.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture nutrition
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Cotching, WE (Dr Bill Cotching)
UTAS Author:Burkitt, LL (Dr Lucy Burkitt)
ID Code:67528
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-03-04
Last Modified:2012-05-23
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