Is air-drying of soil samples an appropriate step in determining plant available potassium for corn?

Manbir Kaur Rakkar, David Franzen, Amitava Chatterjee

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Abstract

Potassium (K) fertilizer recommendations are mainly based on air -dried soil samples which can lead to over- or under-estimation of plant available soil K. Three on-farm trials were conducted in North Dakota and Minnesota to determine the variation of soil test-K between air-dried (KDry) and field moist (KMoist) soil samples. The differences between KDry and KMoist decreased exponentially as soil K increased, but increased linearly with increasing soil moisture. Soil drying influenced the plant available soil K-test value, producing higher K values compared to the moist soil K. It is unclear based on these initial experiments which method might produce a more predictable K critical value to aid in directing K application for corn in this region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1979-1988
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Plant Nutrition
Volume39
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 9 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • air-dried
  • corn
  • Potassium

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