Effects of biosolids-derived organomineral fertilizers, urea, and biosolids granules on crop and soil established with ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

Antille, Diogenes L. and Sakrabani, Ruben and Godwin, Richard J. (2014) Effects of biosolids-derived organomineral fertilizers, urea, and biosolids granules on crop and soil established with ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 45 (12). pp. 1605-1621. ISSN 0010-3624


A pot scale trial investigated the agronomic performance of two organomineral fertilizers (OMF15-15:4:4 and OMF10-10:4:4) in comparison with urea and biosolids granules to establish ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Two soils of contrasting characteristics and nitrogen (N) application rates in the range of 0-300kg ha-1 were used over a period of 3 years. Fertilizer effects were determined on: (1) dry matter yield (DMY) and crop responses, (2) nitrogen use efficiency (NUE), and (3) selected soil chemical properties. Ryegrass responded linearly (R2 ≥ 0.75; P < 0.001) to organomineral fertilizers (OMF) application increasing DMY by 2-27% compared with biosolids but to a lesser extent than urea (range: 17-55%). NUE was related to concentration of readily available N in the fertilizer: urea and OMF showed significantly (P < 0.05) greater N recoveries than biosolids. Total N in soil and soil organic matter showed increments (P < 0.05), which depended on the organic-N content in the fertilizer applied. Soil extractable P levels remained close to constant after 3 years of continuous OMF application but increased with biosolids and decreased with urea, respectively (P < 0.05). The application of biosolids changed soil P Index from 5 to 6; hence, there is a need to monitor soil P status. Both OMF10 and OMF15 formulations are suitable for application in ryegrass.

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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 in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 23:45
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 02:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: dry matter yield (DMY); N use efficiency; organomineral fertilizers (OMF); soil N and P dynamics; soil P index
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070306 Crop and Pasture Nutrition
06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060701 Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079902 Fertilisers and Agrochemicals (incl. Application)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2013.875205
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25433

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