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Nutrient Cycling in Pastures



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By Barbara Bellows

Published: 2001

Updated: 2001

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Introduction

Good pasture management practices favor effective use and recycling of nutrients. Nutrient cycles important in pasture systems are the water, carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles. This in-depth 64-page publication provides basic descriptions of these nutrient cycles then provides guidelines for managing pastures to enhance nutrient cycling efficiency for productive forage and livestock growth, soil health, and water quality.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Summary
Publication Overview
Chapter 1: Nutrient Cycle Components, Interactions, and Transformations
     Water Cycle
     Carbon Cycle
     Nitrogen Cycle
     Phosphorus Cycle
     Secondary Nutrients
Chapter 2: Nutrient Availability in Pastures
     Soil Parent Material
     Soil Chemistry
     Prior Management Practices
     Soil Compaction
     Organic Matter
     Soil pH
     Timing of Nutrient Additions
Chapter 3: Nutrient Distribution and Movement in Pastures
     Pasture Nutrient Inputs and Outputs
     Manure Nutrient Availability
     Pasture Fertilization
     Grazing Intensity
     Diversity and Density of Pasture Plants
Chapter 4: The Soil Food Web and Pasture Soil Quality
     Diversity of the Soil Food Web
     Organic Matter Decomposition
     Primary Decomposers
     Secondary Decomposers
     Soil Organisms and Soil Health
Chapter 5: Pasture Management and Water Quality
     Risk Factors for Nutrient Losses
     Pathogens
     Nitrate Contamination
     Phosphorus Contamination
     Subsurface Drainage
     Riparian Buffers
     Riparian Grazing
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