The post-effect of lucerne on nitrate-N accumulation in a maize-wheat double cropping long-term experiment

T. Szalai, F. H. Nyárai, S. Holló, M. Birkás

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Yield and soil nitrate-N was measured in a long-term nutrient supply experiment in Kompolt, Hungary. The objective of the study was to examine the post-effect of lucerne on a winter wheat-maize double cropping system. The results suggest that lucerne had significant effect on soil nitrate-N content in 0-300 cm. Nutrient supply modified this effect. The peak of nitrate-N accumulation occurred in 150 cm depth. The maximum amount of nitrate-N originated from the highest (176 kg N/ha) treatment level without lucerne in the rotation and has not reached 100 kg N/ha, while it reached more than 200 kg N/ha with lucerne. Yield of winter wheat showed significant difference only in case of control after lucerne.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalCereal Research Communications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Lucerne
  • Maize-wheat cropping system
  • Soil nitrate-nitrogen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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