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Phosphorus Diffusion Retardation in a Calcareous System by Coapplication of Potassium Chloride


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  1. Vol. 57 No. 3, p. 845-850
    Received: Mar 26, 1992

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  1. O. O. Akinremi and
  2. C. M. Cho 
  1. Department of Soil Science, Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2, Canada



The recommended methods of application of P and K fertilizers to agronomic crops are quite similar. As such, both fertilizer elements could be banded together in a single farm operation. This research was conducted to provide information on the influence of K on the mobility and solubility of P added to a system having Ca2+ as the dominant exchangeable ion. Four grams of KH2PO4 was added alone or in combination with 0.11 or 0.22 g of KCl to the surface of a Ca2+-saturated resin-sand column. Extraction and analysis of each 2-mm layer of the column at 2 and 4 wk after incubation showed that the mobility and the solubility of the added P was significantly reduced in the presence of KCl. This was a result of increased precipitation of P by Ca2+ displaced from the exchange sites. Thus, the availability of P to plants could be adversely affected in mixed P-K bands.

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