Fate of legume and fertilizer nitrogen-15 in a long-term cropping systems experiment
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Relying more on biological N2 fixation has been suggested as a way to meet one of the major challenges of agricultural sustainability. A 15N study was conducted to compare the fate of applied legume and fertilizer N in a long-term cropping systems experiment. Nitrogen-15-1abeled red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) and (NH4)2SO4 ere applied microplots within the low-input and conventional cropping systems of the Farming Systems Trial at the Rodale Institute Research Center in Pennsylvania. The 15SN was applied to soil and traced into corn (Zea mays L.) in 1987 and 1988. Residual 15SN was also ...