Increasing the Rate of Cattle Dung Decomposition by Nitrogen Fertilization
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CitationLussenhop, J., Wicklow, D. T., Kumar, R., & Lloyd, J. E. (1982). Increasing the rate of cattle dung decomposition by nitrogen fertilization. Journal of Range Management, 35(2), 249-250.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractCattle dung on a Colorado range was subjected to 6 years of irrigation and nitrogen fertilization. Disappearance of the dung was determined by sampling particles >0.8 cm2. No particles remained in irrigated plots. Seventy-two percent less dung weight remained in nitrogen fertilized than in control plots. Nitrogen fertilization increased dung nitrogen concentration by 13%. We argue that fertilization increased weight loss by stimulating microbial growth.