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Some Effects Of Method Of Application Of Fertilizers On Corn And Soils, Frederick B. Smith 2017 Iowa State College

Some Effects Of Method Of Application Of Fertilizers On Corn And Soils, Frederick B. Smith

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

These fertilizer experiments in the greenhouse and field gave the following results:

1. The 2-12-2 and 0-12-2 had a greater effect on the development of both the primary and secondary roots of corn than the 0-12-0.

2. Germination and root growth of corn were retarded when the fertilizers were applied in contact with the seed.

3. The desirable effects of fertilizers on the early growth, maturity and yield of corn appeared to be in proportion to the development of the roots of the plant.

4. The greatest development of both the primary and secondary roots was secured when the fertilizers ...


Influence Of Common Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris) Grown In Elevated Co2 On Apatite Dissolution, Brian Matthew Morra 2017 University of Maine

Influence Of Common Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris) Grown In Elevated Co2 On Apatite Dissolution, Brian Matthew Morra

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2 brought about by human activity creates changes in plant morphology, growth rate and exudate production. Our study sought to understand the effect of these changes on soil mineral weathering using plants grown under two conditions, ambient CO2 (400ppm) and elevated CO2 (1000ppm). Phaseolus vulgaris (common beans) were grown in flow-through microcosms consisting of a mixture of quartz and apatite sands. Plant growth was sustained by a nutrient solution devoid of calcium (Ca) and phosphorous (P). Using Atomic Adsorption Spectroscopy and colorimetry, Ca and P content of the leachate and plant tissue served ...


Development Of A Multiband Remote Sensing System For Determination Of Unsaturated Soil Properties, Cyrus D. Garner 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Development Of A Multiband Remote Sensing System For Determination Of Unsaturated Soil Properties, Cyrus D. Garner

Theses and Dissertations

A multiband system including active microwave sensing and visible-near infrared reflectance spectroscopy was developed to measure unsaturated soil properties in both field and laboratory environments. Remote measurements of soil volumetric water content (θv), soil water matric potential (ψ), and soil index properties (liquid limit [LL], plastic limit [PL], and clay fraction [CF]) were conducted. Field-based measurement of θv was conducted using a ground-based radar system and field measurements within 10 percentage points of measurements acquired with traditional sampling techniques were obtained. Laboratory-based, visible and near infrared spectroscopy was found to be capable of obtaining empirical, soil specific regression functions (partial ...


Measuring Soil Electrical Conductivity To Delineate Zones Of Variability In Production Fields, Gretchen Sassenrath, S. Kulesza 2017 Kansas State University

Measuring Soil Electrical Conductivity To Delineate Zones Of Variability In Production Fields, Gretchen Sassenrath, S. Kulesza

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Production fields in southeast Kansas are highly variable. Differences in elevation and changes in soil texture contribute to unevenness in plant-available moisture and nutrients, resulting in significant inconsistencies in crop production and yield within a field. These variabilities complicate management and impact the return on investments from different areas of the field. Identification of the regions of variability is possible through several methods, including visual inspection, remote imagery, and yield maps. An additional method of assessing soil variability is by measuring the electrical conductivity of the soil. Measuring apparent electrical conductivity gives a map of the spatial distribution of soil ...


Key Components Of Healthy Soils And Their Role In Crop Production, C. J. Hsiao, Gretchen Sassenrath, Charles Rice, L. Zeglin, G. Hettiarachchi 2017 Kansas State University

Key Components Of Healthy Soils And Their Role In Crop Production, C. J. Hsiao, Gretchen Sassenrath, Charles Rice, L. Zeglin, G. Hettiarachchi

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Soil health is a confusing term that means different things to different people. To a crop producer, healthy soils are critical for good crop growth and yield. Some soil properties include soil texture, such as the relative percentage of sand, silt and clay; the water content; nutrient levels; organic carbon content; the microbial community; and microbial activity. These properties are determinants of soil health. Our research confirmed that changes in soil management affect the composition and activity of soil microorganisms in surface soils. Greater concentrations of microbial biomass and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF) in the no-till agricultural system indicated healthier ...


Mathematical Model Of The Shell With The Infill For Retaining Structures, Alexander T. Bekker, Nikita Ya. Tsimbelman, Dmitriy A. Potyanikhin, Andrey I. Mamontov, Ömer Bilgin, Tatiana I. Chernova 2017 Far Eastern Federal University

Mathematical Model Of The Shell With The Infill For Retaining Structures, Alexander T. Bekker, Nikita Ya. Tsimbelman, Dmitriy A. Potyanikhin, Andrey I. Mamontov, Ömer Bilgin, Tatiana I. Chernova

Ömer Bilgin

A description of finite element model and analysis of a shell with an infill is performed. A large diameter thin cylindrical shell structure with the edge leaning against compressible foundation soil is analyzed. Different materials are considered individually for the models of each structure shell and infill component (metal or reinforced concrete shell, and granular or elastic infill in a shell and foundation soil loaded by the structure). Contact conditions between 1) the infill and the shell’s inner surface and 2) between the foundation material and the shell edge are analyzed. An example of calculating strain conditions in the ...


A Study Of The Secondary Effects Of Hill Fertilization, Horace J. Harper 2017 Iowa State College

A Study Of The Secondary Effects Of Hill Fertilization, Horace J. Harper

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

A field, laboratory, and greenhouse study of secondary effects of hill fertilization was made using several different soils as follows: Carrington loam, Webster silt loam, Grundy silt loam, Knox silt loam, Marion silt loam, and Buckner coarse sand. The effect of hill fertilization on the root development of the corn plant was also investigated.

Acid phosphate was found to have a more pronounced effect on the hydrogen ion concentration of the soil solution than either ammonium sulfate or potassium chloride. In most cases the first effect of acid phosphate was to increase the acidity of the soil solution. In poorly ...


Relationships Between Hydrogen Ion, Hydroxyl Ion And Salt Concentrations And The Growth Of Seven Soil Molds, Harlan W. Johnson 2017 Iowa State College

Relationships Between Hydrogen Ion, Hydroxyl Ion And Salt Concentrations And The Growth Of Seven Soil Molds, Harlan W. Johnson

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

Comparatively few data have been recorded relative to the effect of hydrogen ion concentration on the development and activities of molds and other fungi, altho such records have been secured for the bacteria. For both groups much more work has been accomplished on the effect of titratable acidity. The importance of molds in transforming plant food in the soil has made advisable the securing of such data. The present paper records the results of a study of the limiting and optimum hydrogen and hydroxyl ion concentrations and the limiting concentrations of several salts as related to the growth of seven ...


The Color Of Soils In Relation To Organic Matter Content, P. E. Brown, A. M. O'Neal 2017 Iowa State College

The Color Of Soils In Relation To Organic Matter Content, P. E. Brown, A. M. O'Neal

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

The color of soils has long been considered to indicate to some extent, at least, their fertility. For centuries farmers in the humid regions have been accustomed to select their land very largely on the basis of color. Dark colored soils have been preferred because experience has shown that such soils are usually more productive than light colored types. But just what the relation is between the color of soils and their fertility or crop-producing power has never been determined. It has been assumed that the organic matter or humus content, which is mainly responsible for the color of soils ...


Catalyzed Synthesis Of Zinc Clays By Prebiotic Central Metabolites, Ruixin Zhou, Kaustuv Basu, Hyman Hartman, Christopher J. Matocha, S. Kelly Sears, Hajatollah Vali, Marcelo I. Guzman 2017 University of Kentucky

Catalyzed Synthesis Of Zinc Clays By Prebiotic Central Metabolites, Ruixin Zhou, Kaustuv Basu, Hyman Hartman, Christopher J. Matocha, S. Kelly Sears, Hajatollah Vali, Marcelo I. Guzman

Chemistry Faculty Publications

How primordial metabolic networks such as the reverse tricarboxylic acid (rTCA) cycle and clay mineral catalysts coevolved remains a mystery in the puzzle to understand the origin of life. While prebiotic reactions from the rTCA cycle were accomplished via photochemistry on semiconductor minerals, the synthesis of clays was demonstrated at low temperature and ambient pressure catalyzed by oxalate. Herein, the crystallization of clay minerals is catalyzed by succinate, an example of a photoproduced intermediate from central metabolism. The experiments connect the synthesis of sauconite, a model for clay minerals, to prebiotic photochemistry. We report the temperature, pH, and concentration dependence ...


Nitrification In Acid Soils, R. E. Stepheson 2017 Iowa State College

Nitrification In Acid Soils, R. E. Stepheson

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

It is quite generally believed now that nitrification may occur in acid soils, at least to some extent. The addition of lime, however, results in practically all cases in an increased activity of the nitrifying flora. This is especially true when soils are strongly acid in reaction and low in organic matter and when ammonium sulfate is used to measure nitrification.

Probably it is not merely because lime neutralizes acid soil conditions that it increases nitrification. There may be very important indirect effects of liming which are responsible for greater nitrifying action. Lime makes the soil conditions more favorable for ...


Effect Of Seasonal Conditions And Soil Treatment On Bacteria And Molds In Soil, P. E. Brown, W. V. Halversen 2017 Iowa State College

Effect Of Seasonal Conditions And Soil Treatment On Bacteria And Molds In Soil, P. E. Brown, W. V. Halversen

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

The study of the microorganic population of the soil has revealed many interesting facts but none more significant nor of more far-reaching importance than the discovery that molds occur in soils and perform various functions which directly or indirectly exert considerable influence on soil fertility.

The occurrence and activities of bacteria in the soil has been the subject of extensive inquiry and much knowledge along this line has been accumulated. These organisms have been found to occur in large numbers in practically all soils and to play a prominent part in the reactions which must necessarily take place in soils ...


Effects Of Certain Alkali Salts On Ammonification, P. E. Brown, D. R. Johnson 2017 Iowa State College

Effects Of Certain Alkali Salts On Ammonification, P. E. Brown, D. R. Johnson

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

The occurrence of so-called" alkali spots" in certain Iowa soils has been nnted in recent publications, these spots are found only in the Wisconsin drift soil area, in association with peat deposits, and are the result of course of peculiarly poor drainage conditions. It is unnecessary here to consider further the causes of these formations or the methods which should be followed in reclaiming the areas affected as these points have been discussed in the publications referred to. It will be sufficient to call attention to the results of the chemical studies of the spots and to consider briefly some ...


Results Of Test-Hole Drilling For Observation Well Planning In The Upper Loup Natural Resources District, Fall 2016, Douglas Hallum, Sue Olafsen Lackey 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Results Of Test-Hole Drilling For Observation Well Planning In The Upper Loup Natural Resources District, Fall 2016, Douglas Hallum, Sue Olafsen Lackey

Conservation and Survey Division

The High Plains Aquifer underlies much of Nebraska (Figure 1). It is the primary source of groundwater within the Upper Loup Natural Resources District (ULNRD) of central Nebraska (Figure 2). Water derived from the aquifer is an important natural resource for the area and supplies water for recreation, wildlife and agriculture, as well as domestic, municipal, and industrial uses. A general lack of water level observations in the region (Figure 3), recently developed groundwater irrigated acres along the upper Calamus River (Figure 4), falling spring water levels measured in existing irrigation wells (Figure 5), and a stable to falling stream ...


Effect Of Sulfur And Manure On Availability Of Rock Phosphate In Soil, P. E. Brown, A. R. Gwinn 2017 Iowa State College

Effect Of Sulfur And Manure On Availability Of Rock Phosphate In Soil, P. E. Brown, A. R. Gwinn

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

The use of phosphorus fertilizers is now a recognized necessity in all systems of permanent agriculture. However well supplied naturally, all soils gradually become depleted in phosphorous thru the removal of crops and this element must be returned if crop production is to continue satisfactory. Many soils, especially those under long continued cultivation, have been found to respond very profitably to phosphorus fertilization while even the newer, more fertile soils are approaching a condition where phosphorus will soon become the controlling factor of growth. The interest in phosphorus fertilizers is therefore becoming more widespread and the use of these materials ...


Carbon Dioxide Production In Soils And Carbon And Nitrogen Changes In Soils Variously Treated, R. S. Potter, R. S. Snyder 2017 Iowa State College

Carbon Dioxide Production In Soils And Carbon And Nitrogen Changes In Soils Variously Treated, R. S. Potter, R. S. Snyder

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

The carbon dioxide of the soil atmosphere, along with the water, has long been recognized as the most active agent in the decomposition of comparatively inert minerals to give available and soluble plant food material. It is probable that herein lies the great benefit which comes from the application to soil of organic material which not only increases the energy material easily available for the bacteria, but also improves the physical condition of the soil. This in turn increases bacterial activity, which gives rise to increased carbon dioxide production.

At the Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station, for some time past, both ...


Influence Of Humus Forming Materials Of Different Nitrogen-Carbon Ratios On Bacterial Activities, P. E. Brown, F. E. Allison 2017 Iowa State College

Influence Of Humus Forming Materials Of Different Nitrogen-Carbon Ratios On Bacterial Activities, P. E. Brown, F. E. Allison

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

The determination of the nitrogen-carbon ratio in soils is now considered of much importance in fertility studies. Not only does it show the organic matter content of soils more accurately than the more or less arbitrary humus determinations, concerning which considerable difference of opinion exists, but it also throws some light on the rate at which decomposition processes are occurring.


The Effect Of Some Manganese Salts On Ammonification And Nitrification, P. E. Brown, G. A. Minges 2017 Iowa State College

The Effect Of Some Manganese Salts On Ammonification And Nitrification, P. E. Brown, G. A. Minges

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

Manganese occurs in practically all soils, but the quantities present are exceedingly variable. Twenty-six typical soils analyzed by Robinson showed the presence of manganese in amounts varying from 0.01 to 0.51 per cent of MnO. Other studies have shown the occurrence of very large amounts in certain soils, but the average of 0.071 per cent MnO given in the work referred to above probably represents fairly accurately the manganese content of normal soils in this country.


Studies In Sulfofication, P. E. Brown, H. W. Johnson 2017 Iowa State College

Studies In Sulfofication, P. E. Brown, H. W. Johnson

Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)

Recent experiments have shown that sulfofication or sulfuroxidation is an important process occurring in field soils. Plants have been found to require considerable amounts of sulfates for their best growth and inasmuch as sulfur is not present in soils in that form, but as unassimilable organic and inorganic compounds, the sulfur-feeding of crops will depend very largely upon the ability of a soil on which they grow to produce sulfates from these unavailable substances. In other words, the total sulfur content of a soil, alone, will not show the sulfur available for plant growth. The sulfofying power of the soil ...


Carbon Sequestration By Australian Tidal Marshes., Peter I. Macreadie, Q. R. Oliver, J. J. Kelleway, Oscar Serrano, P. E. Carnell, C. J. Ewers Lewis, T. B. Atwood, J. Sanderman, J. Baldock, R. M. Connolly, C. M. Duarte, Paul Lavery, A. Steven, C. E, Lovelock 2017 Edith Cowan University

Carbon Sequestration By Australian Tidal Marshes., Peter I. Macreadie, Q. R. Oliver, J. J. Kelleway, Oscar Serrano, P. E. Carnell, C. J. Ewers Lewis, T. B. Atwood, J. Sanderman, J. Baldock, R. M. Connolly, C. M. Duarte, Paul Lavery, A. Steven, C. E, Lovelock

ECU Publications Post 2013

Australia’s tidal marshes have suffered significant losses but their recently recognised importance in CO2 sequestration is creating opportunities for their protection and restoration. We compiled all available data on soil organic carbon (OC) storage in Australia’s tidal marshes (323 cores). OC stocks in the surface 1 m averaged 165.41 (SE 6.96) Mg OC ha−1 (range 14–963 Mg OC ha−1). The mean OC accumulation rate was 0.55 ± 0.02 Mg OC ha−1 yr−1. Geomorphology was the most important predictor of OC stocks, with fluvial sites having twice the stock of OC ...


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