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Soil changes after hay meadow abandonment in southwestern Wisconsin.Author(s): M. Dean Knighton
Source: Research Paper NC-146. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionSoil properties were monitored in early spring and late fall for 3 years following hay meadow abandonment. Bulk density decreased, organic carbon increased, total porosity increased in the large pore fraction, and infiltration rate increased 100%. Earthworm activity was considered to be primarily responsible for the improvement.
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CitationKnighton, M. Dean. 1977. Soil changes after hay meadow abandonment in southwestern Wisconsin. Research Paper NC-146. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station
Keywordsbulk density, porosity, organic carbon, earthworms, infiltration
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