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Dryland Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions Affected by Cropping Sequence and Nitrogen Fertilization
Soil Science Society of America Journal
  • Upendra M. Sainju, United States Department of Agriculture
  • TheCan Caesar-TonThat, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Andrew W. Lenssen, Iowa State University
  • Joy L. Barsotti, United States Department of Agriculture
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
9-12-2012
DOI
10.2136/sssaj2012.0076
Abstract

Information is needed to mitigate dryland soil greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using novel management practices. We evaluated the effects of cropping sequence and N fertilization on dryland soil temperature and water content at the 0- to 15-cm depth and surface CO2, N2O, and CH4 fluxes in a Williams loam (fine-loamy, mixed, superactive, frigid, Typic Argiustolls) in eastern Montana. Treatments were no-tilled continuous malt barley (Hordeum vulgaris L.) (NTCB), no-tilled malt barley–pea (Pisum sativum L.) (NTB–P), and conventional-tilled malt barley–fallow (CTB–F) (control), each with 0 and 80 kg N ha−1. Gas fluxes were measured at 3 to 14 d intervals using static, vented chambers from March to November 2008 to 2011. Soil temperature varied but water content was greater in CTB–F than in other treatments. The GHG fluxes varied with date of sampling, peaking immediately after substantial precipitation (>15 mm) and N fertilization during increased soil temperature. Total CO2 flux from March to November was greater in NTCB and NTB–P with 80 kg N ha−1 than in other treatments from 2008 to 2010. Total N2O flux was greater in NTCB with 0 kg N ha−1 and in NTB–P with 80 kg N ha−1 than in other treatments in 2008 and 2011. Total CH4 uptake was greater with 80 than with 0 kg N ha−1 in NTCB in 2009 and 2011. Because of intermediate level of CO2 equivalent of GHG emissions and known favorable effect on malt barley yield, NTB–P with 0 kg N ha−1 might mitigate GHG emissions and sustain crop yields compared to other treatments in eastern Montana. For accounting global warming potential of management practices, however, additional information on soil C dynamics and CO2 associated with production inputs and machinery use are needed.

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This article is from Soil Science Society of America Journal 76 (2012): 1741–1757, doi:10.2136/sssaj2012.0076.

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Language
en
Date Available
2014-02-03
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Upendra M. Sainju, TheCan Caesar-TonThat, Andrew W. Lenssen and Joy L. Barsotti. "Dryland Soil Greenhouse Gas Emissions Affected by Cropping Sequence and Nitrogen Fertilization" Soil Science Society of America Journal Vol. 76 Iss. 5 (2012) p. 1741 - 1757
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