Journal article

Estimating dissolved phosphorus losses from legacy sources in pastures: The limits of soil tests and small-scale rainfall simulators

David M Nash, AJ Weatherley, Peter JA Kleinman, Andrew N Sharpley

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

A legacy of using P fertilizers on grazed pastures has been enhanced soil fertility and an associated increased risk of P loss in runoff. Rainfall simulation has been extensively used to develop relationships between soil test P (STP) and dissolved P (DP) in runoff as part of modeling efforts scrutinizing the impact of legacy P. This review examines the applicability of rainfall simulation to draw inferences related to legacy P. Using available literature, we propose a mixing layer model with chemical transfer to describe DP mobilization from pasture soils where readily available P in the mixing layer is rapidly exhausted and contact time controls DP concentrations responsible for subsequent..

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