Journal article

Approaches for Quantifying and Managing Diffuse Phosphorus Exports at the Farm/Small Catchment Scale

Richard W McDowell, David Nash, Anja George, QJ Wang, Ruth Duncan

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

Quantifying and managing diffuse P losses from small catchments or at the farm scale requires detailed knowledge of farming practices and their interaction with catchment processes. However, detailed knowledge may not be available and hence modeling is required. This paper demonstrates two approaches to developing tools that assist P losses from New Zealand or Australian dairy farms. The first is largely empirical and separates sources of P within a paddock into soil, fertilizer, dung, and treading impacts (including damage to grazed pasture). This information is combined with expert knowledge of hydrological processes and potential point sources (e.g., stream crossings) to create a determin..

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