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Open Access Rangeland Restoration Using Biosolids Land Application

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Abstract:

Land application of aerobically digested biosolids, anaerobically digested biosolids and beef cattle manure as an approach to restore disturbed rangelands was evaluated. While control plots yielded, on average, 84.1 lbs/acre of forage dry matter, dry forage yield on rangeland plots receiving aerobically digested biosolids, anaerobically digested biosolids and beef cattle manure ranged from 129.0 to 664.1 lbs/acre. Field tests indicated an average moisture infiltration rate of 7.07 cm/hr for control plots compared to a maximum of 7.14, 9.98 and 9.56 cm/hr in plots receiving aerobically digested, anaerobically digested and beef cattle manure, respectively. The increase in forage yield and moisture infiltration underscored the value of biosolids land application in rangeland restoration activities.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193317707X243382

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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