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  1. Vol. 41 No. 1, p. 74-76
     
    Received: Mar 4, 1976
    Published: Jan, 1977


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doi:10.2136/sssaj1977.03615995004100010023x

Evaluation of Soil Nitrogen Mineralization Potentials under Modified Field Conditions1

  1. S. J. Smith,
  2. L. B. Young and
  3. G. E. Miller2

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Abstract

Amounts of mineral N obtained by a calculation procedure and measurement in fallow plots were compared during two cropping seasons and annually with eight Oklahoma soils. The calculation procedure involved adjusting the N mineralization potentials for varying soil temperature and water content. The field N measurements involved the use of soil in plastic bags and glass filter tubes. Cropping season and annual field amounts for the eight soils, on the average, ranged from 54 to 78 ppm N. In general, the calculated amounts compared favorably to the field amounts, differences frequently being <10 ppm N. Calculated amounts correlated as well or better with the field amounts than a variety of other N availability indexes.

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