Effects of dose and period of sewage sludge application on soil, tree and pasture components in a Pinus radiata D. Don silvopastoral system
Source: Agroforestry Systems, Volume 79, Number 2, June 2010 , pp. 237-247(11)
Abstract:The adequate use of sewage sludge in silvopastoral systems could enhance positive relationships between pasture and trees to increase farm incomes at medium, short and long term. The main aspects related to adequate sewage sludge use as a fertiliser are dose and timing of application, once heavy metal concentrations have been taken into account. This paper aims to evaluate the date and dose of sewage sludge applications on soil (KCl pH, soil organic matter), pasture production and tree growth after the establishment of a silvopastoral system with Pinus radiata D. Don developed on sandy soils with an initial pH of 5. It is concluded that the contribution of sewage sludge does not modify the soil conditions in a consistent manner, but cause detectable edaphic improvements depending on the climatic conditions, the results of which are manifested in enhancement of pasture and trees. The application of high doses of sewage sludge is the best option within those studied, as tree growth and pasture production tend to be increased. There are no clear effects with regard to the date of application, but if the desire is to increase pasture production during the spring season, the sewage sludge will be applied in the first of the application dates, whereas the greatest growth in the diameter of trees is produced in the plots fertilised in February, although the date of application does not appear to have a clear effect on their growth in height.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Crop Production Department, Escuela Politécnica Superior, Campus de Lugo, 27002, Lugo, Spain 2: Crop Production Department, Escuela Politécnica Superior, Campus de Lugo, 27002, Lugo, Spain, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: June 1, 2010