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Revista de Ciências Agrárias

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PINTO, Rui; BRITO, Luis Miguel  and  COUTINHO, João. Nitrogen management in organic horticultural rotation. Rev. de Ciências Agrárias [online]. 2013, vol.36, n.4, pp.475-486. ISSN 0871-018X.

A field crop rotation with a cover crop of hairy vetch (Vicia sativa L.) and rye (Secale cereale L.) followed by potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)and lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) was set up with the aim of improving nitrogen (N) management for organic farming. N mineralization was determined by a field incubation in response to green manure and increasing rates of compost (20 e 40 t ha-1) and organic commercial fertilizer (1 e 2 t ha-1). N mineralization in compost took place during all crop rotation, but most of the organic fertilizer was mineralized during the first days after soil application. Consequently, N availability and potato crop yield was increased with 2 t ha-1 of organic fertilizer compared to 20 t ha-1 of compost whereas lettuce yield increased with compost application in comparison to organic fertilizer.

Keywords : Organic agriculture; compost; field incubation; green manure; nitrogen.

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