|Bryant, Ray - CORNELL UNIVERSITY|
|Reid, Shaw - CORNELL UNIVERSITY|
Submitted to: New York State Cooperative Extension Bulletin
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: August 2, 1999
Publication Date: August 31, 1999
Citation: Kleinman, P.J.A., Bryant, R., Reid, W.S., Sharpley, A.N. 1999. Phosphorus in agriculture I: Environmental underpinnings. New York State Cooperative Extension Bulletin. What's Cropping Up? 9(4):4-5. Technical Abstract: Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plant and animal growth that is vital to crop and livestock production. In this article, the first of a series on phosphorus and agriculture, the authors describe the evolving problem of non-point source phosphorus pollution and its relevance to agriculture. The imbalance of phosphorus imports and exports, particularly yin livestock operations, is identified as a key cause of phosphorus accumulation in agricultural soils. Common misconceptions regarding phosphorus are also highlighted.