Reducing nitrate leaching losses from a Taupo pumice soil using a nitrification inhibitor eco-n

K.C. Cameron, H.J. Di, J.L. Moir, A.H.C. Roberts
2007 Proceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Association  
The decline in water quality in Lake Taupo has been attributed to nitrogen (N) leaching from surrounding land areas. Pastoral agriculture has been identified as a significant contributor to this N transfer to the lake through animal urine deposition. There is therefore an immediate need for new management options to reduce N losses. The objective of this study was to measure the effectiveness of using a nitrification inhibitor (eco-n) to reduce nitrate leaching losses from a pasture soil of the
more » ... pasture soil of the Taupo region. A 3-year study was conducted using 20 lysimeters on Landcorp's 'Waihora' sheep and beef farm, within 10 km of Lake Taupo. The results show that animal urine patches were the main source of nitrate leaching (>95% of the total annual loss) and that eco-n significantly (P
doi:10.33584/jnzg.2007.69.2694 fatcat:huzhcn2navclbjtbvsprgvifqm