Spatial variability of total soil nitrogen and sulphur content at two conventionally managed fields
V. Vaněk, J. Balík, J. Šilha, J. Černýhttps://doi.org/10.17221/404-PSECitation:Vaněk V., Balík J., Šilha J., Černý J. (2008): Spatial variability of total soil nitrogen and sulphur content at two conventionally managed fields. Plant Soil Environ., 54: 413-419.
Spatial variability of total soil nitrogen and sulphur content has been observed in two plots (I – 54 ha and II – 32 ha). Soil samples were taken from the topsoil in a regular grid, which was localised by GPS (individual sampling points were 80 m apart); subsequently total soil N and S contents were analysed. The average N content in plot I was 0.16%; in plot II it was 0.12%. The content of S in plots I and II was 0.09% and 0.08%, respectively. Spatial variability of total N differed in separate parts of the plots. A higher variability was recorded in plot I, where the coefficient of variation (CV) was 15.7%, whereas in plot II it was only 11.1%. However, sulphur showed only little variability, and thus its coefficient of variation was low (2.5 a 2.3% in plots I and II, respectively). A positive and mostly conclusive relationship has been observed between the N content of soil and the crop yield. This effect was more significant in plot II. The S content in soil showed no correlation with yield. Furthermore, positive correlations were observed between field altitude, soil moisture and crop yield in both plots.Keywords:soil; nitrogen; sulphur; spatial variability; yield