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Management Systems Effect on Fertility Indicators of a Ferralsol with Vegetable Crops, as Determined by Different Statistical Tools

Carlos Eduardo Pacheco Lima, Juscimar da Silva, Ítalo Moraes Rocha Guedes, Nuno Rodrigo Madeira, Mariana Rodrigues Fontenelle


ABSTRACT The intensive nature of soil use in vegetable production areas has led to a marked decrease in soil quality. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of adoption of soil management systems on vegetable production with regards to the chemical properties of a Rhodic Ferralsol after five years and to evaluate the use of the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) statistical tool in discriminating the different treatments. The experiment was conducted under field conditions in central Brazil […]

Corn Yield and Foliar Diagnosis Affected by Nitrogen Fertilization and Inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense

Fernando Shintate Galindo, Marcelo Carvalho Minhoto Teixeira, Salatiér Buzetti, José Mateus Kondo Santini, Cleiton José Alves, Lais Meneghini Nogueira, [...]


ABSTRACT The biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) process in grasses is caused by diazotrophic bacteria, particularly Azospirillum brasilense. However, studies are lacking on BNF efficiency to define how much mineral nitrogen (N) can be applied to achieve more sustainable high yields. Furthermore, there should be an analysis of whether urea with the urease enzyme inhibitor NBPT is less harmful, benefiting BNF in grasses. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of N sources and N rates associated with […]

Autumn Maize Intercropped with Tropical Forages: Crop Residues, Nutrient Cycling, Subsequent Soybean and Soil Quality

Francisco Cézar Belchor Lages Pereira, Luiz Malcolm Mano de Mello, Cristiano Magalhães Pariz, Veridiana Zocoler de Mendonça, Élcio Hiroyoshi Yano, Elka Elice Vasco de Miranda, [...]


ABSTRACT Autumn maize intercropped with tropical forages can raise the amount of crop residues and improve nutrient cycling, favoring subsequent soybean crop. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of forms of implementation of intercropping of irrigated autumn maize with tropical forages on yield, decomposition, nutrient accumulation and release, and on the ratio of lignin/total N of forage residues, yield components, and grain yield of subsequent soybean, and on soil physical and chemical properties, under no-tillage in […]

Liming in Agricultural Production Models with and Without the Adoption of Crop-Livestock Integration

Francisco Carlos Mainardes da Silva, Luís Guilherme Sachs, Inês Cristina Batista Fonseca and, João Tavares


ABSTRACT Perennial forage crops used in crop-livestock integration (CLI) are able to accumulate large amounts of straw on the soil surface in no-tillage system (NTS). In addition, they can potentially produce large amounts of soluble organic compounds that help improving the efficiency of liming in the subsurface, which favors root growth, thus reducing the risks of loss in yield during dry spells and the harmful effects of “overliming”. The aim of this study was to test the effects of liming […]


Cícero Ortigara, Moacir Tuzzin de Moraes, Henrique Debiasi, Vanderlei Rodrigues da Silva, Julio Cezar Franchini, Felipe Bonini da Luz


Estimation of soil load-bearing capacity from mathematical models that relate preconsolidation pressure (σp) to mechanical resistance to penetration (PR) and gravimetric soil water content (U) is important for defining strategies to prevent compaction of agricultural soils. Our objective was therefore to model the σp and compression index (CI) according to the PR (with an impact penetrometer in the field and a static penetrometer inserted at a constant rate in the laboratory) and U in a Rhodic Eutrudox. The experiment consisted […]

Soil Aggregation, Organic Carbon Concentration, and Soil Bulk Density As Affected by Cover Crop Species in a No-Tillage System

Adriano Stephan Nascente, Yuncong Li, Carlos Alexandre Costa Crusciol


Soil aggregation and the distribution of total organic carbon (TOC) may be affected by soil tillage and cover crops. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of crop rotation with cover crops on soil aggregation, TOC concentration in the soil aggregate fractions, and soil bulk density under a no-tillage system (NTS) and conventional tillage system (CTS, one plowing and two disking). This was a three-year study with cover crop/rice/cover crop/rice rotations in the Brazilian Cerrado. A randomized […]


Eudes Neiva Júnior, Wellington Willian Rocha, Bruno Silva Pires, Múcio Mágno de Melo Farnezi, Moacir de Souza Dias Junior, Danilo Fernandes Borges de Freitas, [...]


Soil compaction is one of the main degradation causes, provoked by inappropriate agricultural practices that override the limitations of the soil physical properties. Preconsolidation pressure and penetration resistance have proved effective as alternative to assess and identify soil compaction. Based on the interpretation of these physico-mechanical parameters, compaction can be prevented with a better adjusted soil management. This study was performed to generate preconsolidation pressure and penetration resistance models for Latososlo Vermelho-Amarelo distrófico (Oxisol) under various managements and uses; and […]

Macronutrient accumulation and decomposition of brachiaria species as a function of nitrogen fertilization during and after intercropping with corn

Nídia Raquel Costa, Marcelo Andreotti, Salatiér Buzetti, Keny Samejima Mascarenhas Lopes, Fernanda Garcia dos Santos, Cristiano Magalhães Pariz


In regions with a tropical climate, the greatest limitations for straw maintenance on the soil surface are difficulties on its establishment and high rates of decomposition. With the aim of identifying the productive potential of Xaraes and Ruziziensis grasses, as well as subsequent straw formation for continuity of the no-tillage system, the following factors were evaluated: the dry matter yield, the lignin/total N ratio, macronutrient accumulation, and straw decomposition in two growing seasons. The treatments consisted of two Brachiaria species […]

Available content, surface runoff and leaching of phosphorus forms in a typic hapludalf treated with organic and mineral nutrient sources

Cledimar Rogério Lourenzi, Carlos Alberto Ceretta, Jackson Berticelli Cerini, Paulo Ademar Avelar Ferreira, Felipe Lorensini, Eduardo Girotto, [...]


The application of animal manure to soil can increase phosphorus availability to plants and enhance transfer of the nutrient solution drained from the soil surface or leached into the soil profile. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of successive applications of organic and mineral nutrient sources on the available content, surface runoff and leaching of P forms in a Typic Hapludalf in no-tillage systems. Experiment 1 was set up in 2004 in the experimental area of […]

Effects of cover crops, soil management and nitrogen rates on nutritional and agronomic attributes of maize

Claudinei Kappes, Orivaldo Arf, João Antonio da Costa Andrade


Research has investigated the best nitrogen rate for maize under the most diverse types of soil management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of cover crops, soil management and topdressed N rates on the dry matter production, nutritional status, plant lodging, plant height and first-ear insertion of maize. Field experiments were carried out in Selvíria, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil, in the growing seasons of 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, on a clayey Rhodic Haplustox (20o 20′ […]

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