Nitrogen and phosphorus balances of Hungarian farms as management tools for sustainable agriculture

Karoline D'Haene, Marianna Magyar, Stefaan De Neve, Ottó Pálmai, János Nagy, T. Németh, Georges Hofman

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Abstract

At the moment, Hungarian agriculture is confronted with a certain duality as far as nutrients are concerned. On the one hand, national soil nutrient balances show substantial deficits, and on the other hand, agricultural nutrient use is responsible for a part of the nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) losses to the environment. To understand this duality and help optimize farm nutrient management, the farm gate N and P balances of 12 farms, representing a variety of Hungarian agriculture, were calculated for the year 2002. The farm gate N and P surpluses/deficits in the east of the country were lower than in the west. This was correlated with a lower fertilization rate. The low soil fertility level due to a prolonged period of low fertilization in combination with continuing nutrient deficits can lead to possible future reduction in crop yields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2759-2768
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Volume37
Issue number15-20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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  • Farm gate balance
  • Hungary
  • N and P
  • Soil mining
  • Sustainable agriculture

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Analytical Chemistry

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Nitrogen and phosphorus balances of Hungarian farms as management tools for sustainable agriculture. / D'Haene, Karoline; Magyar, Marianna; De Neve, Stefaan; Pálmai, Ottó; Nagy, János; Németh, T.; Hofman, Georges.

In: Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, Vol. 37, No. 15-20, 2006, p. 2759-2768.

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D'Haene, Karoline ; Magyar, Marianna ; De Neve, Stefaan ; Pálmai, Ottó ; Nagy, János ; Németh, T. ; Hofman, Georges. / Nitrogen and phosphorus balances of Hungarian farms as management tools for sustainable agriculture. In: Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 2006 ; Vol. 37, No. 15-20. pp. 2759-2768.
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