Precise information about the spatial variability of soil nutrients is essential in developing site-specific management, e.g., variable rate application of nutrients. In this study 5 fields (4 grassland, 1 arable land) on a Gleyic Podzol, each of about 1 ha, were sampled according to a 20 m×20 m grid. On these samples pH, carbon content and nutrient status (P, K, Ca, Mg, and Na) were measured. The variogram analysis of the different soil fertility parameters revealed quite different ranges for these parameters. Carbon content, pH and calcium have high ranges, between 110 and 170 m. On the other hand, ranges for potassium and sodium are much smaller, 60 m and 30 m respectively. For the elements potassium and sodium, high coefficients of variation are found, especially on the grassland fields. These differences in ranges of spatial relationship indicate that the sampling strategy for estimating variability of soil fertility, should be adopted to the different selected soil parameters and the soil use.
Precision Agriculture – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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