Crop response to the application of special natural amendments based on zeolite tuff
A. Butorac, T. Filipan, F. Bašić, J. Butorac, M. Mesić, I. Kisićhttps://doi.org/10.17221/4210-PSECitation:Butorac A., Filipan T., Bašić F., Butorac J., Mesić M., Kisić I. (2002): Crop response to the application of special natural amendments based on zeolite tuff. Plant Soil Environ., 48: 118-124.
The conception of these investigations is based on the premise that a way should be found to eliminate, or at least mitigate, the harmful effect of excessive soil acidity without resorting to the massive and costly measures of liming. The main issue addressed in this study is how to increase crop yield by increasing nutrient availability rather than how to neutralize the soil. This as well as our earlier investigations, conducted on pseudogley of mesoelevations, indicate that this can be achieved by the application of special natural amendments (SNA) based on zeolite tuff, under the name Agrarvital (AV), in which clinoptilolite prevails while the remaining part is a mixture of soft lithothamnian limestone and dolomite (SLL+D). These amendments enhance ion exchange in the soil and their activation at a considerably lower pH than it is the case after liming. Fertilizing value of Agrarvital (AV) and lime materials (LM) was evaluated according to the yields achieved and some yield components of the crops grown. The results point to the good fertilizing effect of AV upon yields of winter wheat, maize, soybean and winter barley, equal to or better than the effect of conventional LM applied at several times higher rates.Keywords:
fertilizing value; special natural amendments; zeolite tuff; yield and yield components