Nitrogen release characteristics from biosolids-derived organomineral fertilisers

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

Abstract

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 300 kg 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.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 33729
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 04:59
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 07:12
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 > 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
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2014.907915
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33729

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only