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Free nitrogen from high rainfall pasture legumes

Free nitrogen from high rainfall pasture legumes

Legumes are typically seen as a free source of nitrogen. Research suggests that an optimally performing legume can provide about 25 kilograms of nitrogen for every tonne of dry matter grown per hectare, released slowly over three years. Adequate performance is indicated by a legume root system covered with...

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Is soil aluminium the cause of lost pasture production?

Is soil aluminium the cause of lost pasture production?

A recent soil survey of beef-producing farms in the South West’s high rainfall zone has highlighted the potential for aluminium toxicity in our soils. Aluminium toxicity can have a significant effect on pasture productivity by inhibiting subsurface root growth and restricting plant access to water and nutrients. However, the...

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