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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

The Nitrogen Status Beneath Beef Cattle Feedlots in Eastern Nebraska1


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  1. Vol. 39 No. 1, p. 107-111
    Received: July 11, 1974
    Accepted: Sept 17, 1974

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  1. J. R. Ellis,
  2. L. N. Mielke and
  3. G. E. Schuman2



Soil cores (129) were taken from 15 eastern Nebraska feedlots in the Elkhorn and Platte river valley areas. The sites represented a wide range of conditions from small farm feedlots to large commercial operations.

Most feedlots did not constitute a nitrate pollution hazard to ground water. Upland feedlots, with slopes >5%, contained less than 10 ppm NO3--N in the ground water; however, slopes <5% had increased frequency of NO3--N in the ground water. Only one river-valley feedlot ground-water sample exceeded 10 ppm NO3--N. Problems of ground water with > 10 ppm NO3--N were localized. The feedlot and cropland conditions examined and ranked according to decreasing average NO3--N in the core were: abandoned feedlot > feedlot-cropland > upland feedlot > corn (Zea mays L.) > river-valley feedlot > profiles under feedlot mounds > alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) > grassland.

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