Sources of magnesium for grassland

S. Mcintosh, P. Crooks, K. Simpson

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In a 3-year field experiment, calcined magnesite, Epsom salt, magnesium ammonium phosphate and magnesian limestone gave only small and non-significant increases in yield of a mixed sward but increased the concentration of magnesium in the herbage at all 11 cuts. Magnesian limestone increased plant magnesium concentrations less than calcined magnesite, magnesium ammonium phosphate or Epsom salt, all of which had a similar effect; each increment of calcined magnesite gave additional increases in magnesium concentration. Concentration of magnesium in the plant dry matter increased as each season progressed and was linearly related to exchangeable magnesium. At an exchangeable soil magnesium of l-4m-equiv./100 g soil, Mg concentrations doubled between the first and last cuts. Changes in magnesium concentrations caused by increasing the exchangeable soil magnesium from 0.7 to 1.4 m-equiv./lOO g soil were less than the seasonal effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Agricultural Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPrint publication - Dec 1973


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