Greenhouse Establishment of Alfalfa in Three Soil Materials Associated with Arizona Coal Mining

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/552191
Title:
Greenhouse Establishment of Alfalfa in Three Soil Materials Associated with Arizona Coal Mining
Author:
Day. A. D.
Affiliation:
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona
Publisher:
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Journal:
Desert Plants
Rights:
Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.
Collection Information:
Desert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.
Issue Date:
1983
Abstract:
The effects of three soil materials, three mulching treatments, and two moisture treatments on the growth and forage production of Vernal' alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) for use in coal mine waste reclamation were studied in a 3 -year experiment in the greenhouse at Tucson, Arizona. The three soil materials were: (1) Gila loam, (2) Unmined soil, and (3) Coal mine soil. The three mulching treatments were: (1) No mulch, (2) Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) straw, and (3) Russian thistle (Salsola kali L.). The two soil moisture treatments were: (1) Optimum (60 cm total) and (2) Stressed j30 cm total). Significant differences were observed in number of stems per pot, plant height, and forage yield between soil materials, mulching treatments, and soil moisture treatments. The greatest number of stems per pot, the tallest plants, and the highest forage yield were produced in the Gila loam, barley straw mulch, and optimum soil moisture treatment. Use of a soil mulch (incorporated organic matter mulch) produced better plant growth and more forage than when soils were not mulched. Barley straw was a more effective mulching material than was Russian thistle. Within soil materials and within mulching treatments forage yields were significantly higher with optimum soil moisture than they were when moisture was limited.
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0734-3434

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dc.contributor.authorDay. A. D.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-04T17:02:14Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-04T17:02:14Zen
dc.date.issued1983en
dc.identifier.issn0734-3434en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/552191en
dc.description.abstractThe effects of three soil materials, three mulching treatments, and two moisture treatments on the growth and forage production of Vernal' alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) for use in coal mine waste reclamation were studied in a 3 -year experiment in the greenhouse at Tucson, Arizona. The three soil materials were: (1) Gila loam, (2) Unmined soil, and (3) Coal mine soil. The three mulching treatments were: (1) No mulch, (2) Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) straw, and (3) Russian thistle (Salsola kali L.). The two soil moisture treatments were: (1) Optimum (60 cm total) and (2) Stressed j30 cm total). Significant differences were observed in number of stems per pot, plant height, and forage yield between soil materials, mulching treatments, and soil moisture treatments. The greatest number of stems per pot, the tallest plants, and the highest forage yield were produced in the Gila loam, barley straw mulch, and optimum soil moisture treatment. Use of a soil mulch (incorporated organic matter mulch) produced better plant growth and more forage than when soils were not mulched. Barley straw was a more effective mulching material than was Russian thistle. Within soil materials and within mulching treatments forage yields were significantly higher with optimum soil moisture than they were when moisture was limited.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en
dc.rightsCopyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.sourceCALS Publications Archive. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.titleGreenhouse Establishment of Alfalfa in Three Soil Materials Associated with Arizona Coal Miningen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Plant Sciences, University of Arizonaen
dc.identifier.journalDesert Plantsen
dc.description.collectioninformationDesert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.en_US
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