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Soil Nutrient and Manure Research at The University of Vermont Soil factors influencing phosphorus availability to plants and concentration in runoff

Fred Magdoff, Bill Jokela, Robert Durieux, Yushan Bu.

Duration: 1994-1997

We conducted a series of lab experiments on samples of 80 soils from Vermont and eastern New York to assess the role of various soil properties, including different P soil tests, on crop availability and P release to surface runoff. Results confirmed that the reactive aluminum test provides a good measure of a soil's capacity to tie up added phosphorus. These results have already been used to improve P soil test recommendations. We also showed that the UVM test for available P may be a good indicator of the potential for a soil to release P to surface runoff. See research publication, Comparison of phosphorus soil test extractants for plant availability and environmental assessment. Magdoff et al., 1999. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 62.

For more discussion, go to The Vermont Phosphorus Index.

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