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Decomposition and Nutrient Release of Cover Crops in Mango Cultivation in Brazilian Semi-Arid Region

Maria do Socorro Conceição de Freitas ORCID logo , Jacob Silva Souto, Mariana Gonçalves, Larissa Emanuelle da Silva Almeida, Alessandra Monteiro Salviano, Vanderlise Giongo


ABSTRACT Knowledge of the decomposition dynamics of aboveground phytomass and its release of nutrients in mixtures of cover crops as well as the impact on the soil tillage system is fundamental for the sustainable management of agroecosystems. This work aimed to evaluate whether soil tillage and the choice of cover crops cultivated in the interrows can be technological strategies to increase dry biomass production, increase the capacity to add carbon, and improve macronutrient cycling in a mango ( Mangifera indica […]

Carbon and nitrogen mineralization of wastes applied to soil under field conditions

José Roberto de Paula, Antonio Teixeira de Matos, Mateus Pimentel de Matos, Magno dos Santos Pereira, Cristiano Alberto de Andrade


The definition of application rates of organic waste from agricultural, urban or industrial sources, with a view to agricultural re-use must be based on the soil mineralization rate. The objective of this study was to test different estimation methods of mineralized fractions of cattle, pig and poultry manure, as well as of sewage sludge and municipal solid waste compost, under field conditions, incorporated or applied to the surface of a Red-Yellow Latosol (LVAd). The experiment was conducted for 360 days […]

Decomposition of manures applied at different depths in a degraded semi-arid area of the State of Paraíba

Patrícia Carneiro Souto, Jacob Silva Souto, Rivaldo Vital Santos, Gilmar Trindade Araújo, Lauter Silva Souto


This study aimed to evaluate the speed of manure decomposition at different depths. Donkey, cow, goat, and sheep manure was used after stove drying at ± 65 °C. 20 g of each manure was wrapped in nylon bags and applied superficially or buried at 10.0 cm depth. Monthly, a nylon bag/plot was collected. The material was cleaned to evaluate decomposition, oven-dried and weighed to determine the loss percentage in relation to the initial weight. Decomposition was slow in the first thirty days when ± 95 % […]

Nitrogen fertilization management for black oat/corn succession under no-tillage

C. A. Ceretta, C. J. Basso, A. M. T. Flecha, P. S. Pavinato, F. C. B. Vieira, M. E. M. Mai


Black oat/corn succession has been commonly used in the south of Brazil and N fertilization management is important for its success, especially under no-tillage. This study was carried out at the experimental area of the Department of Soil Science, at Federal University of Santa Maria (RS), Brazil, during 1999/2000, using a Hapludalf (sandy loam/clay loam).The objective was to evaluate the possibility to transfer, partially or totally, the amount of N, normally sidedressed to two applications – black oat tillering and […]