Viability of lime and gypsum use in mitigating sodicity in an irrigated vertosol

Bennett, John and Cattle, Stephen (2010) Viability of lime and gypsum use in mitigating sodicity in an irrigated vertosol. In: 19th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS 2010): Soil Solutions for a Changing World, 1-6 Aug 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

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The use of gypsum, and to a lesser extent, lime to mitigate sodicity in dryland agriculture has been shown as viable. However, under an increased water application (i.e. irrigation) the dissolution of gypsum could be expected to be more rapid. Lime, due to a lower solubility, could provide a more constant source of calcium to the soil, especially when applied in combination with gypsum. This study investigates the effects of various rates of lime, gypsum and lime/gypsum combinations on an irrigated sodic Brown Vertosol in western NSW. The expected increase in soil EC due to gypsum was not evident after 6 months due to
leaching. Additionally, only a high rate lime/gypsum combination was shown to have a positive effect on
exchangeable calcium and sodium percentages, as well as aggregate stability. Short-term viability was not
assessed efficacious after 6 months for any treatment. Potential for long-term viability was exhibited.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 08:46
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 03:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: lime; gypsum; sodicity; irrigated vertosol
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050304 Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils

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