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Soil acidity; Nitrogen fertilizers; Acid rain--Environmental aspects


The effect of inputs of acidifying nitrogen fertilizer and acid rain on the pH of a typical Minnesota prairie agricultural soil was estimated. Experimental data from a long term continuous corn experiment at the Southwest Experiment Station near Lamberton were used to calculate the effects of nitrogen fertilizers. Acid rain effects were estimated using soil buffering data obtained in the experiment along with existing estimates of rainfall acidity. In a typical corn-soybean rotation, using 100 kg per ha of nitrogen additions to corn, a 0 .25 unit pH drop is expected in about 38 years. The estimated acidity of the rainfall would cause the same pH drop in a minimum of 127 years.

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