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3 Questions About Using Poultry Litter As A Fertilizer In Soybeans
Author: Nathan Slaton, Professor & Director of Soil Testing

1. What is the availability of P and K in poultry litter?

The availability of P and K in litter is generally believed to be similar to that in inorganic fertilizers like muriate of potash (0-0-60) and triple superphosphate (0-46-0). Some state recommendations suggest that wholesale nba jerseys only 60 to 90% of the P is available during the first year after application. Arkansas research with rice and soybean suggests that plants fertilized with equal amounts of P and/or K from wholesale NBA jerseys poultry litter and commercial fertilizers take up similar amounts of P and K. Thus, we would recommend that the P and K in poultry litter be considered 在线论坛黑名单 as 100% available during the first year.

Because the nutrient content of poultry litter is not guaranteed, a representative sample should be collected and analyzed to determine how much P and K it contains per moist ton.

2. Will the nitrogen in poultry litter inhibit nitrogen fixation by soybean?

University of Arkansas scientists (and scientists at other universities) have researched soybean response to manure application and found that by the end of the season plants receiving manure had similar nitrogen uptake as plants wholesale MLB jerseys that received no manure. Nodule formation may be inhibited or N fixation by the soybean nodules may be delayed when the soil contains moderate to high amounts of inorganic nitrogen from residual fertilizer or manure.

However, so long as the proper bacteria or inoculum is present, nodules can still form and cheap NFL jerseys begin actively fixing atmospheric sms nitrogen when plant uptake or N loss pathways removes the extra inorganic nitrogen from the soil. In all the trials we have conducted in Arkansas, poultry litter has never reduced soybean yield, but, in several instances, has increased yields more than that of equivalent rates of commercial fertilizer.

3. I applied poultry litter in the fall and soil sampled several weeks afterward and my soil test results recommended that more P and K should be applied. What happened to the P and K from the poultry litter and do I need to apply more fertilizer?

This has been a common question for the last four or five years. If the nutrient content of the litter was known and the rate of litter application was uniform and sufficient for the soil, you must trust that the P and K are still in the soil and will be available to the crop.

One must remember that the numbers on your soil test report represent neither the total amount of cheap nba jerseys P and K nor the total amount of plant available P and K in the soil. The nutrient values on your soil test report are simply an index of availability with availability increasing as the soil test value (index) increases. Arkansas research shows that less than 50% of the elemental K fertilizer applied in the fall or winter, 3 to 5 months before soil sampling, shows up on your soil test report.

Only about 20% of the applied elemental P was reflected on the soil test report for 3 to 5 months after fertilization. There are multiple reasons for this. First, P and K fertilizer units are expressed as the oxide form (K2O and P2O5) rather than the elemental form (as expressed on your soil test report). For example, 100 pounds of triple superphosphate (0-46-0) contains 46 lb of P2O5, but only 20 pounds of elemental P.

The depth of the soil sample would also influence how much of the applied P and K fertilizer could possibly increase soil test values. New Finally, chemical and biological reactions in the soil will begin immediately after ?ANKIRI fertilizer application, transforming the solubility and availability of P and K in the soil.

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