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  1. Vol. 41 No. 3, p. 845-854

    * Corresponding author(s): don_flaten@umanitoba.ca
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Impact of Manure Phosphorus Fractions on Phosphorus Loss from Manured Soils after Incubation

  1. D. Kumaragamagea,
  2. D. N. Flaten *b,
  3. O.O. Akinremib,
  4. C.A. Sawkab,
  5. D. Igeb and
  6. F. Zvomuyab
  1. a Environmental Studies Program, Univ. of Winnipeg, Canada R3B 2E9
    b Dep. of Soil Science, Univ. of Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2. Assigned to Associate Editor Douglas Smith


The risk of P loss from manured soils is more related to P fractions than total P concentration in manure. This study examined the impact of manure P fractions on P losses from liquid swine manure- (LSM), solid cattle manure- (SCM), and monoammonium phosphate- (MAP) treated soils. Manure or fertilizer was applied at 50 mg P kg−1 soil, mixed, and incubated at 20°C for 6 wk to simulate the interaction between applied P and soil when P is applied well in advance of a high risk period for runoff. Phosphorus fractions in manure were determined using the modified Hedley fractionation scheme. We used simulated rainfall (75 mm h−1 for 1 h) to quantify P losses in runoff from two soils (sand and clay loam). The proportion of total labile P (total P in water+NaHCO3 fractions) in manure was significantly greater in LSM (70%) than SCM (44%). Mean dissolved reactive P (DRP) load in runoff over 60 min was greatest from MAP-treated soil (18.1 mg tray−1), followed by LSM- (14.0 mg tray−1) and SCM- (11.0 mg tray−1) treated soils, all of which were greater than mean DRP load from the check (5.2 mg tray−1). Total labile P (water+NaHCO3) in manure was a more accurate predictor of runoff DRP loads than water extractable P, alone, for these two soils. Therefore, NaHCO3 extraction of manure P may be a useful tool for managing the risk of manure P runoff losses when manure is applied outside a high risk period for runoff loss.

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