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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Quantitative Prediction of Leaching in Field Soils1


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  1. Vol. 34 No. 2, p. 271-276
    Received: Feb 10, 1969
    Accepted: Dec 11, 1969

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  1. D. L. Terry and
  2. C. B. McCants2



Leaching experiments were conducted under controlled water regime conditions on a variety of soils in the field to study the distribution of certain ions by percolated water. When NH4, NO3, and K were leached, their movement was generally in the form of a “normal” distribution. The movement of Mg was not as well defined as the other ions.

Multiple regression equations for predicting the leaching of these ions were developed which utilize the parameters of a normal distribution as the dependent variables and properties of the soil and quantities of percolated water as the independent variables. The R2 values for mean movement ranged from 0.92 to 0.97 and those for the standard deviation from 0.56 to 0.91. The principal independent variables were (i) quantity of percolated water, (ii) soil porosity as expressed by the weighted porosity index, (iii) cation exchange capacity, and (iv) the water content at 0.1 bar suction.

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