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Extraction of Potassium from Soils by Sulfuric Acid1


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  1. Vol. 21 No. 6, p. 595-598
    Received: May 13, 1957
    Accepted: June 17, 1957

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  1. A. H. Hunter and
  2. P. F. Pratt2



Methods of extracting potassium from soils by use of sulfuric acid have been developed. The amounts of K extracted from several Ohio and New York soils by these methods were compared with those extracted by neutral 1N NH4OAc and boiling 1N HNO3 methods as means of furnishing a reliable index to the “plant-available” K of soils.

Using H2SO4 method 1, amounts of K were extracted which were highly correlated with amounts of K extracted from soils by cropping. The correlation coefficient thus obtained was significantly different at the 1% level from the coefficients obtained by using ammonium acetate or boiling nitric acid.

The sulfuric acid methods developed are simple to use and, since an exact quantity of heat energy is furnished to the soil extraction system, these methods theoretically furnish a means of releasing a constant amount of non-exchangeable K, due to breakdown of primary and secondary minerals, as well as the exchangeable K from a particular soil.

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