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Title: Forage subsurface drip irrigation using treated swine effluent

item Stone, Kenneth - Ken
item Hunt, Patrick
item Millen, Joseph
item Johnson, Melvin - Mel

Submitted to: USDA-CSREES National Water Quality Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/7/2006
Publication Date: 2/1/2007
Citation: Stone, K.C., Hunt, P.G., Millen, J.A., Johnson, M.H. 2007. Forage subsurface drip irrigation using treated swine effluent [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 2007 USDA-CSREES National Water Quality Conference, January 28-February 1, 2007, Savannah, Georgia. Available:

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: An experimental subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system was initiated to evaluate the use of treated swine effluent on a bermuda grass forage crop. The SDI system was installed in Duplin County, North Carolina, at the location of an innovative swine wastewater treatment system. The effluent from the treatment facility was applied to Bermuda grass forage crop at agronomic nutrient rates. Treated wastewater application below the soil surface reduces nutrient loss potential through volatilization and places nutrients in the rooting zone. Results from the forage SDI system indicated that treatments receiving treated waste as their nutrient source had higher biomass yields.