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Location: National Soil Erosion Research

2012 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Evaluate the potential use of SPD material as a soil amendment for pasture/forage systems in Wisconsin.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
A field study will be conducted over a two year period on Wisconsin farms to collect a data set of the changes in soil properties, water quality and plant growth and quality following agronomic additions of SPD material produced from the Dairyland Electric Cooperative Geneva, WI plant. A field site representing locally normal conditions will be chosen for application of four rates from 0-2 MT/ha surface applied SPD. Four replications of each plot will be treated. Soil before and one year following application will be sampled and characterized for nutrient status using standard soil testing techniques in the STAR lab at Wooster, OH. Lysimeters will be installed in the high and low treatments at 60 cm and shallow ground water samples collected and analyzed for trace elements in the same lab. Plant yield will be measured and samples taken during the growing season from each plot for measurement of major nutrient and trace metal contents. Data will be statistically analyzed using standard ANOVA.

3. Progress Report:
Plots in a continuous alfalfa field (planted in 2009) were established in fall 2011 by cooperator at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Soil samples were collected from the plots and sent to the Service Testing and Research Laboratory (STAR) lab at Ohio State University for analysis. Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) gypsum from the Dairyland power plant in Geneva, Wisconsin was obtained and applied at rates of 100, 1000, and 10000 lbs/acre, and commercial gypsum fertilizer was applied to other plots at similar rates. A control with no soil amendments was the final treatment. Plots were laid out in a randomized complete block design with the 7 treatments and 4 replications, for a total of 28 plots. Plant tissue has been collected at alfalfa harvests in 2012, and sent to the Ohio State University STAR lab for analysis as well. Harvest yields have also been measured.

4. Accomplishments