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Farm compost application: effects on crop performance

Tommy D'Hose UGent, Mathias Cougnon UGent, A De Vliegher, Koen Willekens UGent, Erik Van Bockstaele UGent and Dirk Reheul UGent (2012) COMPOST SCIENCE & UTILIZATION. 20(1). p.49-56
abstract
Compost application can contribute to agricultural sustainability. Municipal solid waste compost has been the subject of most of the research done so far. Farm compost (FC) has a different composition. It is made of varying ingredients available on the farm, e.g., wood chips and bark, manure, straw, crop residues and surplus grass and soil. Information is currently lacking on the agronomic value and environmental impact of FC. Therefore, a long-term field experiment was established to quantify the effect of FC application on crop performance and soil quality in a crop rotation of potatoes, fodder beet, forage maize and Brussels sprouts. This paper presents the results of the first four years of the ongoing field trial. In the fourth year of the experiment, the annual FC amendment resulted in a significant increase in dry matter yield for all four crops. Our results suggested that the positive effect of continual FC application was based on a combination of a slow release of nitrogen and providing better growing opportunities to the crops. Results on the effect of FC on the residual nitrate content ill the soil, disease suppression and DM content of the crops are not yet decisive.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
SOIL ORGANIC-MATTER, SOLID-WASTE COMPOST, CHEMICAL-PROPERTIES, SEWAGE-SLUDGE, NITROGEN, YIELD, MINERALIZATION, AMENDMENTS, QUALITY, SYSTEMS
journal title
COMPOST SCIENCE & UTILIZATION
Compost Sci. Util.
volume
20
issue
1
pages
49 - 56
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000301908500009
JCR category
SOIL SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.597 (2012)
JCR rank
29/34 (2012)
JCR quartile
4 (2012)
ISSN
1065-657X
project
Biotechnology for a sustainable economy (Bio-Economy)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2109381
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2109381
date created
2012-05-21 09:36:46
date last changed
2014-05-26 10:03:05
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  abstract     = {Compost application can contribute to agricultural sustainability. Municipal solid waste compost has been the subject of most of the research done so far. Farm compost (FC) has a different composition. It is made of varying ingredients available on the farm, e.g., wood chips and bark, manure, straw, crop residues and surplus grass and soil. Information is currently lacking on the agronomic value and environmental impact of FC. Therefore, a long-term field experiment was established to quantify the effect of FC application on crop performance and soil quality in a crop rotation of potatoes, fodder beet, forage maize and Brussels sprouts. This paper presents the results of the first four years of the ongoing field trial. In the fourth year of the experiment, the annual FC amendment resulted in a significant increase in dry matter yield for all four crops. Our results suggested that the positive effect of continual FC application was based on a combination of a slow release of nitrogen and providing better growing opportunities to the crops. Results on the effect of FC on the residual nitrate content ill the soil, disease suppression and DM content of the crops are not yet decisive.},
  author       = {D'Hose, Tommy and Cougnon, Mathias and De Vliegher, A and Willekens, Koen and Van Bockstaele, Erik and Reheul, Dirk},
  issn         = {1065-657X},
  journal      = {COMPOST SCIENCE \& UTILIZATION},
  keyword      = {SOIL ORGANIC-MATTER,SOLID-WASTE COMPOST,CHEMICAL-PROPERTIES,SEWAGE-SLUDGE,NITROGEN,YIELD,MINERALIZATION,AMENDMENTS,QUALITY,SYSTEMS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {49--56},
  title        = {Farm compost application: effects on crop performance},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
D’Hose, Tommy, Mathias Cougnon, A De Vliegher, Koen Willekens, Erik Van Bockstaele, and Dirk Reheul. 2012. “Farm Compost Application: Effects on Crop Performance.” Compost Science & Utilization 20 (1): 49–56.
APA
D’Hose, T., Cougnon, M., De Vliegher, A., Willekens, K., Van Bockstaele, E., & Reheul, D. (2012). Farm compost application: effects on crop performance. COMPOST SCIENCE & UTILIZATION, 20(1), 49–56.
Vancouver
1.
D’Hose T, Cougnon M, De Vliegher A, Willekens K, Van Bockstaele E, Reheul D. Farm compost application: effects on crop performance. COMPOST SCIENCE & UTILIZATION. 2012;20(1):49–56.
MLA
D’Hose, Tommy, Mathias Cougnon, A De Vliegher, et al. “Farm Compost Application: Effects on Crop Performance.” COMPOST SCIENCE & UTILIZATION 20.1 (2012): 49–56. Print.