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Nilsson, Cecilia, 2010. Möjligheter att minska kväveutlakningen genom att anpassa kvävegödslingen till variationer inom stråsädesfält. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Soil and Environment



Due to excess precipitation that cause runoff, all soils in Sweden naturally leaches nitrogen.
High leaching from arable land is an environmental problem when the runoff reaches
waters. In the international agreement, Baltic Sea Action Plan, the aim is to reduce the
runoff of nutrients. Sweden has agreed to reduce its load of e.g. nitrogen to the Baltic Sea.
One of the proposed measures is an increased use of site-specific N-fertilization, which has
been shown to increase nitrogen use efficiency and therefore also reduce the nitrogen runoff.
Either yields are increased with the same total amount of nitrogen, or the total quantity
of nitrogen is reduced with preserved yield levels, which is profitable for the farmers.

The dynamics of nitrogen leaching differs between top dressing applications above or
below the economical optimum. There is a consensus about a difference in the dynamics,
but not about its magnitude. The curve that describes the leaching is steeper above optimum
levels which lead to an increased leaching. Therefore it is important to achieve an
optimal application, but that is not easily done when optimum can vary greatly between
years, between fields and within fields due to differences in clay and organic matter content,
topography and the history of cultivation.

The objective of the present work is to review the possibilities to reduce nitrogen leaching
by adjusting the nitrogen fertilizer rates according to variations within fields cropped
with cereals.

Calculations of the differences in leaching between uniform applications and sitespecific
ones were done with the leaching model used in the application STANK in MIND
developed for advisors by the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Clay content and different
degrees of within-field variation in nitrogen fertilizer demand over the fields are factors
that among others affect the reduction in leaching, and were therefore accounted for in the
calculations. The results showed that the reduction in leaching by using site-specific Nfertilization,
with an average optimum rate of 100 kg N/ha, varied between 0,5-3,8 kg N/ha
for a sandy soil (< 5 % clay) and 0,2-1,6 kg N/ha for a soil with high clay content (>40 %)
due different degrees of within-filed variation. The highest reduction in leaching is reached
from adjusting the fertilization to the field average demand, but adjusting it sitespecifically
within the field will reduce the leaching further. The first step should be to
obtain the correct average level, but site specific fertilization may be a good way to do this.

The results imply that increased knowledge of within field variations by means of sitespecific
N-fertilization is profitable for both the famers and the environment.

Main title:Möjligheter att minska kväveutlakningen genom att anpassa kvävegödslingen till variationer inom stråsädesfält
Authors:Nilsson, Cecilia
Supervisor:Delin, Sofia
Examiner:Stenberg, Bo
Series:Examensarbeten / Institutionen för mark och miljö, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:2010:04
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:None
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Keywords:kväveutlakning, platsspecifik gödsling, precisionsodling, miljöeffekt
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Deposited On:02 Jul 2010 09:32
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