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  1. Vol. 6 No. 2, p. 222-225
    Received: Nov 4, 1976

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Phosphorus Movement in Calcareous Soils Irrigated with Waste Water from Potato Processing Plants1

  1. C. W. Robbins and
  2. J. H. Smith2



Total, organic, and acid-hydrolyzable phosphorus and orthophosphate concentrations were determined in waste waters from five potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) processing plants and the waste water volumes applied to cropped land were measured monthly for three processing seasons. These P forms were also measured in soil water samples extracted monthly at five depths to 1.5 m. Organic plus hydrolyzable fractions comprised 60 to 70% of the total P in the waste waters and 30 to 40% in the soil water extracts. When the numerical value of the relationship (kg P/ha applied per month) (mm of clay size material in 1.5 m)−1 was < 0.4, the total P concentration in the extracts at 1.5 m was < 0.05 mg/liter. When the value exceeded 0.4, the total P concentrations in the extracts averaged 1 to 2 mg/liter. The relationship may provide disposal site selection and waste water application rate guidelines for land disposal of waste water high in organic and hydrolyzable P.

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