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The Influence of Soil Moisture Regime and Phosphorus Source on the Response of Alfalfa to Phosphorus1


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  1. Vol. 26 No. 3, p. 265-270
    Received: Apr 17, 1961
    Accepted: Sept 20, 1961

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  1. J. D. Beaton and
  2. Neville A. Gough2



The influence of soil moisture regimes and P sources on the response of alfalfa to P was studied in the growth chamber. Surface samples of two calcareous British Columbia soils, Machete stony sandy loam and the Nisconlith clay loam were used. Alfalfa yield and P uptake were highest when soil moisture tension was allowed to reach a maximum of 2.0 bars and subsequently reduced to 0.2 bars. The P sources were almost equally available with this regime.

Calcium metaphosphate and anhydrous dicalcium phosphate produced the highest yields. P content of alfalfa was highest with monoammonium phosphate on the Machete soil. Monocalcium phosphate resulted in the highest tissue P with the Nisconlith soil. Amount of P removed from the soil, with the exception of hydroxyapatitc, was not markedly influenced by P source. Hydroxyapatitetreated soil released the lowest amount of NaHCO3-extractable P.

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