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Growth Rate-Nutrient Concentration Relationships During Early Growth of Corn as Affected by Applied N, P, and K1


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  1. Vol. 41 No. 2, p. 363-368
    Received: July 15, 1976
    Accepted: Sept 23, 1976

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  1. G. L. Terman,
  2. J. C. Noggle and
  3. C. M. Hunt2



Three greenhouse pot experiments with corn (Zea mays L.) were conducted to study effects of multiple rates of applied N, P, and K on growth and yield—nutrient concentration trends. Harvests were made each 4 or 6 days from 15 to 56 days after plant emergence. Growth and plant nutrient concentrations and uptake increased with rate of each applied nutrient at adequate levels of other nutrients. Applied N also increased both P concentrations and uptake in young corn plants. Yield response to applied K resulted only in dilution of N and P concentrations at even the earliest harvest. Concentrations of all nutrients were soon diluted to lower levels with increase in dry matter and/or age of plants, so that comparative results varied with time of harvest. Growth rates increased with adequacy of nutrient supply and more favorable growth conditions; they declined greatly soon after depletion of applied N. The limited soil volume in pot experiments, rate of growth, and time of harvest all greatly influence the effects of one nutrient on plant concentrations of other nutrients.

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