Soil organic carbon and nitrogen sequestration by long-term of CA in Mollisol of Mexico. Joel Perez Nieto
Pérez Nieto J, Valdés Velarde E, Reyes Yurame M, and Rodríguez Lara J Chapingo University. State of México, México.Corresponding author: email@example.com
Conservation agriculture can mitigate global warming by CO2 N2O Organic carbon Moderating and nitrogen greenhouse sequestration gas emissionCTS involve retaining the residues of previous crops on soil.Its effects on soil organic carbon and nitrogen sequestration had been knownin the world, however in México, there is limited information about the long-term (≥10 years) effects.
Objective and hypothesis Objective: to evaluate the effect of three tillage systems on soil organic carbon (SOC) and soil total nitrogen (STN) sequestration and properties associated in MOLLISOL in the Central Valley of Mexico.Hypothesis: No tillage (NT) and Minimum tillage (MT) systems would increaseorganic carbon and nitrogen concentrations at the soil surface compared withthe effects of Conventional tillage (CT), influencing carbon/nitrogen ratio.Hypothesis: additionally, this would reflect in higher SOC and STN under NTand MT than CT, and improve others physical and chemical characteristics ofthe soil.
Material and MethodsA field experiment was conducted in a Mollisol (Soil Taxonomy) from 1999 to 2008 at Agricultural Experimental Station of Chapingo University. In Central Valley of Mexico. 19o 29’ N, 98 o 53’ W, 2240m altitude.
Characteristics of treatmentsTreatments Cover with Soil tillage Planting Weed residues control (%)No Tillage > 30 Undisturbed No-till Chemical(NT) seederMinimum > 30 Chisel plowing No-till ChemicalTillage (MT) seederConventional < 15 Mouldboard No-till MechanicTillage (CT) plowing, seeder and disking and Chemical field cultivator Rotation cropping system: P. vulgaris or Z. mays in spring and summer cycle. T. aestivum or A. sativa in autumn and winter cycle.
Treatments evaluated Minimum tillage (MT) No tillage (NT) Conventional tillage (CT) Corn (Z. Mays) was planted in spring and summer cycle 2008 in three treatments evaluated.NT and MT include more than 30% of cover with residues of previous crops.
Soil sampleTreatments were arranged in a Latin-square designs with three replications in a plot of 46x46m.Undisturbed soil core samples were collected from five random places in a central square of 20mx20m.Soil samples were collected with a hand probe (5.7cm inside diameter x 3.0cm high).Data were collected in September 2008.Soil samples were collected at 0-3cm, 15-18cm and 30-33cm of soil depth.
Variables evaluatedVariable Measure MethodBulk density Mg m-3 Dividing mass soil sample by volume of probeOrganic carbon (C) % Dry combustion using a Perkin Elmerconcentration 2400 Series IINitrogen total (N) % Dry combustion using a Perkin Elmerconcentration 2400 Series IISoil organic carbon (SOC) Mg C ha-1 Multiplying organic C by bulk density and depth (11cm)Soil total nitrogen (STN) Mg N ha-1 Multiplying N by bulk density and depth (11cm)Carbon/Nitrogen (C/N) Ratio of organic C (%) and N (%)Volumetric water content (%) Multiplying gravimetric water by bulk density by 100 Data were analyzed by GLM and Tukey procedures of SAS. Statistical significance was evaluated at P≤0.05.
Results and Discussion 1.6 NT MT CTBulk density (Mg m-3) 1.4 a a b a c 1.2 1.0 0-3 15-18 30-33 Soil depth (cm) Plow pan Soil bulk density was not significantly influenced (P≤0. 05) by soil tillage treatments at 0-3cm and 15-18cm soil depth. Greater bulk density in CT at 30- 33cm, probably due to plow pan But it was significantly greater in CT resulting from more tillage than NT and MT at 30-33cm soil operations. depth.
Results and Discussion 40 a NT MT CTSOC (Mg C ha-1) 30 b a 20 c a b b Retained residues of the previous crops 10 increases SOC at the soil surface. 0 Larger SOC at 22-33cm in CT is probably 0-11 11 22 22-33 associated with higher bulk density Soil layer (cm) observed, as well as the mix of profile soil by plow tillage.SOC was significantly influenced (P≤0. 05)by soil tillage treatments. Long-term linear estimated C sequestrationSOC was significantly greater in NT than rates were 4 Mg C ha-1 year-1 greater in NTMT and CT at 0-11 cm layer. The opposite than CT.occurred at 22-33cm. Corresponding long-term C sequestrationAt 11-22cm soil layer it was not influenced under MT compared with CT was 2 Mg C ha-1by treatments. year-1 greater.
Results and Discussion 5 NT MT CT 4 aSTN (Mg N ha-1) b 3 a c a 2 ab b 1 0 0-11 11 22 22-33 The difference between levels of Soil layer (cm) STN fixed under NT and MT compared with CT ranged Similarly to SOC, STN varied between 0.72 and 1.44 Mg N ha-1. significantly with treatments at the surface soil layer and at 22-33cm. Linear estimated N sequestration Retained residues of the previous by conservation tillage systems crops on the soil increases N over the 10 years was from 72 to cycling and soil N content. 144 Kg N ha-1 year-1.
Results and Discussion 25 a 15 Volumetric water content (%) NT MT CT 20 ab 12 a aCarbon/nitrogen ratio a b a a 15 9 b b b 6 10 NT MT CT 3 5 0 0 0-3 15-18 30-33 0-3 15-18 30-33 Soil depth (cm) Soil depth (cm) Other characteristics like volumetricThe C/N ratio of the soil also was water content also was influenced byinfluenced by soil tillage treatments at soil tillage treatments at the surfacethe surface soil layer after ten years. soil layer after ten years.It was significantly greater in NT than It was significantly greater in NT andMT and CT at 0-11 cm layer. At the other MT than CT at 0-11 and 15-18 cm soillayers it was significantly the same. depth. At 30-33cm it was significantly the same.