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Accession Number PB2012-113992
Title Assessment of Baseline Nitrous Oxide Emissions in California Cropping Systems.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 89p
Personal Author W. R. Horwath
Abstract Production of the greenhouse gas (GHG) nitrous oxide (N2O) results from the activity of soil microorganisms. Nitrogen (N) inputs, soil moisture, and carbon (C) availability stimulate the production of N2O which contributes about one third of the total GHG emissions from California's agriculture sector. Crop yields and cumulative N2O emissions were measured for two years in tomato, wheat, lettuce, and rice cropping systems fertilized at various N rates. Alfalfa was also monitored. The N2O emissions were observed to occur mainly during the growing season from soils with high moisture content after N fertilizer applications. In most cases, N2O emissions increased with increasing N rates. The levels of N application rates that resulted in the lowest N2O emissions while not reducing yields were identified. In alfalfa, a recently established one-year old stand released half as much N2O compared to a 5-year old stand. This study generated a database of field-level N2O emission measurements and accompanying soil moisture and temperature, and mineral N values that can be used to calculate the percentage of applied N released as N2O to estimate emissions on a larger scale, calibrate and validate N2O emission biogeochemical models, and develop recommended best management practices.
Keywords Air pollution
Farm crops
Greenhouse gases
Moisture content
Nitrous oxides
Soil chemistry
Soil properties

Source Agency California Air Resources Board Resources Agency
NTIS Subject Category 68A - Air Pollution & Control
98C - Agricultural Equipment, Facilities, & Operations
98D - Agronomy, Horticulture, & Plant Pathology
48E - Soil Sciences
Corporate Author California Univ., Davis. Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number CARBRA-08-324

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