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Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo

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NUNES, Rafael de Souza; SOUSA, Djalma Martinhão Gomes de; GOEDERT, Wenceslau J.  and  VIVALDI, Lúcio José. Phosphorus distribution in soil as affected by cropping systems and phosphate fertilization management. Rev. Bras. Ciênc. Solo [online]. 2011, vol.35, n.3, pp.877-888. ISSN 1806-9657.

Cropping systems and management of phosphate fertilization affect P availability in the soil, its accessibility for plants and finally, crop yields. This calls for an evaluation of P distribution in the soil profile, in long-term experiments, to understand the impact of each cropping system and fertilization management on this process. An area of Embrapa Cerrados, in Planaltina - DF, in an Oxisol, with very low P content at the beginning of the experiment, was cultivated for 14 years with soybean and corn in the summer and millet as winter cover crop in the last six seasons; fertilization consisted of 80 kg ha-1 yr-1 of P2O5, as triple superphosphate or phosphate rock, applied in seed furrows or broadcast, in conventional tillage (CT) or no-tillage (NT). Phosphorus distribution was evaluated in seven soil layers (0- 2.5 cm, 2.5-5 cm, 5-10 cm, 10-20 cm, 20-30 cm, 30-40 cm, and 40-50 cm ) using the extractor Bray 1. In the 14th year of cultivation, the soybean yield data were used. The results were statistically analyzed to compare P distribution in the soil profile and the yield. The distribution of soil-extractable P after 14 years of cultivation was influenced by the source and application form of phosphate fertilizer down to a depth of 10 cm in NT and to 20 cm in CT. Under CT, there was a slight depth gradient, while under NT there was a strong gradient, primarily for broadcast applications. Highest P levels were found in the 0-2.5 cm layer, for both application forms. P contents were higher down to 10 cm, but in the 10-20 cm layer contents were lower than in CT. Despite the management effect of phosphorus fertilization on soil P distribution, soybean grain yield in the 14th year was affected by the cropping system only, and the soil under NT produced 15.5 % more grain than the CT.

Keywords : phosphorus sources; phosphorus placement; conventional tillage; no-tillage; Cerrado; P Bray 1.

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