Phosphorus Interactions with Other Nutrients and Lime in Field Cropping Systems

  • Malcolm E. Sumner
  • Mart P. W. Farina
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Part of the Advances in Soil Science book series (SOIL, volume 5)


A survey of recently published textbooks and journal papers in the field of soil fertility and plant nutrition indicates that the authors seldom see fit to devote much attention to the interplay between nutrients in relation to yield enhancement in field cropping systems. This is a reflection of the widely adopted approach of varying only one or possibly two nutrients at a time in field experimentation. Without factorial designs involving a number of nutrient factors at varying levels, serious study of interactions is not possible. Until field research in soil fertility pays greater attention to the multifactor approach, there will be little prospect of verifying the large number of nutrient interactions previously studied under greenhouse or solution culture conditions.


Plant Soil Forage Sorghum Yield Depression Significant Yield Response Phosphorus Interaction 
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