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  1. Vol. 29 No. 4, p. 417-420
    Received: Oct 28, 1964
    Accepted: Mar 22, 1965

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Response of Table Beets (Beta vulgaris L.) to Banded Fertilizer Phosphorus and Potassium at Different Levels of Soil Phosphorus and Potassium in a Heavily Fertilized Honeoye Silt Loam Soil1

  1. N. H. Peck,
  2. M. T. Vittum and
  3. G. E. MacDonald2



Response of table beets to fertilizer P and K banded at planting time in 1960 was determined on a Honeoye silt loam soil which had received various levels of complete fertilizer from 1945 to 1951, and different levels of broadcast fertilizer P and K from 1954 to 1959. Soil P from previously applied fertilizer accumulated to a greater extent and had a longer residual effect than soil K as measured by soil tests; however, responses of beets to different levels of soil K were greater than they were to different levels of soil P. At high levels of soil P, there was little response to differences in soil P or banded fertilizer P. At medium levels of soil K, there were considerable increases in percentage of K in the leaves, plant size, and yield with increases in soil K and/or banded fertilizer K. Responses to different levels of soil P and K, and banded fertilizer P and K were cumulative and generally independent of each other. Generally, the soil P and K were relatively as important as the banded fertilizer P and K in producing high yields of beets.

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