Journal article

Comparison of different methods for the measurement of ammonia voltatilization after urea application in Henan Province, China

Andreas Pacholski, Gui-Xin Cai, Xiao-Hui Fan, Hong Ding, Deli Chen, Rolf Nieder, Marco Roelcke

JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION AND SOIL SCIENCE | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008

Abstract

Ammonia losses following urea fertilization of maize and winter wheat were determined in field trials carried out at Fengqiu Experimental Station in the North China Plain in 1998 and 1999. Four experiments were carried out using two simplified micrometeorological integrated horizontal flux methods [IHF(L) and IHF(S)], a chamber method (calibrated Dräger-Tube Method DTM) and the ¹⁵N-balance method using ¹⁵N-labeled urea. The IHF(L) was taken as the reference method. Both IHF methods showed good agreement in one experiment only, while the IHF(S) overestimated as well as underestimated cumulative ammonia losses compared to IHF(L) in the other experiments (deviation ranged from 12.5% to 64% base..

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