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8.3: Activity 2- Nutrient Cycling and Availability

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  • Fill in the following information pertaining to the nutrient cycles provided previously-

    Nutrient Cycle

    Nutrient Inputs Nutrient Losses Is weathering a factor? (Y/N) Is soil organic matter a factor? (Y/N)

    Name the

    plant-available form

    N
    P
    K
    1. How does CEC affect the cycling processes of P and K?

    2. Name one soil management strategy used to decrease the following scenarios:

      1. Volatilization of N:

      2. Runoff of P inputs from manure:

      3. Leaching of N, P, or K:

    3. How does nutrient cycling contribute to overall “soil health”?

    4. What are two techniques to increase soil C sequestration?

    5. Name two techniques to reduce P losses to water.

    6. Which soil, a sandy loam or clay loam, would have a larger buffering capacity for potassium? Why?

    Fill in the following information pertaining nutrient availability and pH

    Nutrient pH range most available pH range least available
    N
    P
    K
    S
    Fe
    Ca
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