Nitrogen release characteristics from biosolids-derived organomineral fertilizers

Antille, Diogenes L. and Sakrabani, Ruben and Godwin, Richard J. (2014) Nitrogen release characteristics from biosolids-derived organomineral fertilizers. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 45 (12). pp. 1687-1698. ISSN 0010-3624


This study investigated the availability of nitrogen (N) following soil application of a novel biosolids-derived organomineral fertilizer (OMF15-15:4:4) in comparison with urea (46% N). OMF15 is produced by coating biosolids granules (particle size range: 1.10-5.50 mm in diameter) with urea and potash [60% potassium oxide (K2O)], which increase the concentration of mineral N and potassium (K), respectively, resulting in a balanced fertilizer material suitable for application in cereal and grass crops. The study comprised two soil types of contrasting characteristics which were incubated over a period of 90 days at 25°C and maintained near field capacity. Nitrogen was applied at rates equivalent to 0 (control), 150, and 300kg ha-1, and soil mineral N measured routinely using standard laboratory techniques. Results showed that the majority of N was released from OMF15 within 30 days from application (range: 40% to 72% of total OMF15-N applied) with a further 10% to 28% in the following 60-90 days. OMF15 required an accumulated thermal time of 2250 degrees-day to release between 68% and 79% of the total OMF15-N applied. From this, it was inferred that mineralization of the organic-N fraction in OMF15 is likely to progress beyond harvest of winter cereal crops in-field conditions in England. The results of this study aided the development of fertilization strategies for the best use of OMF in winter cereal and grass crops.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 23:15
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 04:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: biosolids granules; nitrogen availability; organomineral fertilizers; OMF; soil N dynamics; winter cereal and grass crops
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050304 Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070107 Farming Systems Research
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079902 Fertilisers and Agrochemicals (incl. Application)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8205 Winter Grains and Oilseeds > 820599 Winter Grains and Oilseeds not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2014.907915

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