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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract - Surface Water Quality

Phosphorus Losses in Simulated Rainfall Runoff from Manured Soils of Alberta


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  1. Vol. 36 No. 3, p. 730-741
    Received: July 10, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): gerald.ontkean@gov.ab.ca
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  1. Callie A. Volfa,
  2. Gerald R. Ontkean *a,
  3. D. Rodney Bennetta,
  4. David S. Chanasykb and
  5. Jim J. Millerc
  1. a Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, 100, 5401 1st Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB, Canada T1J 4V6
    b Univ. of Alberta, 751 General Services Bldg., Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2H1
    c Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Centre, 5403 1st Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB, Canada T1J 4B1


Manure applied to agricultural land at rates that exceed annual crop nutrient requirements can be a source of phosphorus in runoff. Manure incorporation is often recommended to reduce phosphorus losses in runoff. A small plot rainfall simulation study was conducted at three sites in Alberta to evaluate the effects of manure rate and incorporation on phosphorus losses. Treatments consisted of three solid beef cattle manure application rates (50, 100, and 200 kg ha−1 total phosphorus), an unmanured control, and two incorporation methods (nonincorporated and incorporated with one pass of a double disk). Simulated rain was applied to soils with freshly applied and residual (1 yr after application) manure at 70 mm h−1 to produce 30 min of runoff. Soil test phosphorus (STP), total phosphorus (TP), and dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) concentrations in runoff increased with manure rate for fresh and residual manure. Initial abstraction and runoff volumes did not change with manure rate. Initial abstraction, runoff volumes, and phosphorus concentrations did not change with manure incorporation at Lacombe and Wilson, but initial abstraction volumes increased and runoff volumes and phosphorus concentrations decreased with incorporation of fresh manure at Beaverlodge. Phosphorus losses in runoff were directly related to phosphorus additions. Extraction coefficients (slopes of the regression lines) for the linear relationships between residual manure STP and phosphorus in runoff were 0.007 to 0.015 for runoff TP and 0.006 to 0.013 for runoff DRP. While incorporation of manure with a double disk had no significant effect on phosphorus losses in runoff from manure-amended soils 1 yr after application, incorporation of manure is still recommended to control nitrogen losses, improve crop nutrient uptake, and potentially reduce odor concerns.

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