Micronutrients status of Florida soils under citrus production

ArticleinCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 23(17-20):2493-2510 · November 1992with15 Reads
DOI: 10.1080/00103629209368752
Micronutrient nutrition plays an important role in citrus production. Soil extraction techniques to measure the status of bio‐available micronutrients are extremely valuable in the diagnosis of deficient or toxic levels of micronutrients. Mehlich 3 (M3), Mehlich 1 (M1), ammonium bicarbonate‐DTPA (ABDTPA), and ammonium acetate, pH 7.0 (AA), extractants were evaluated for their ability to extract Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn using 45 citrus grove soils, representing 20 soil series with widely varying physical and chemical characteristics and production practices. The mean concentrations of M3 extractable Fe, Mn, Cu, and Zn were 5.5‐, 2.2‐, 1.6‐, and 1.2‐fold greater, respectively, than those extracted by M1. ABDTPA was more efficient in the extraction of Fe, Cu, and Zn, as compared to the M1 extradant, by 3.3‐, 3.0‐, and 1.4‐fold, respectively. Among the four extractants, AA was extremely inefficient in extraction of all the four micronutrients. Evaluation of the data from all 45 citrus grove soils revealed significant pH effects on extractable Zn by M3, Ml, and ABDTPA extractants and Fe by M1 and ABDTPA extracts only. However, evaluation of the data from pH x Cu experiment on a Candler fine sand (0–15 cm depth soil; pH ranging from 4.5–6.9) showed a negative relationship between the Fe extracted by M3, Ml, and ABDTPA extradants and soil pH. Both extractable Mn and Zn were positively correlated to soil pH except for Mn extractable by ABDTPA. Good correlations (r > 0.52) were observed between M3 vs. Ml extractable Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn and M3 vs. ABDTPA extractable Cu and Zn. Good correlations were generally found between M3 and AA extractable Cu, Mn, and Zn. However, poor extractability of all micronutrients by AA indicated that it is not a suitable extractant for micronutrient analysis of the soil studied. The results suggest that M3 is a suitable extractant for micronutrient analysis on sandy soils under Florida citrus production.
    • "[11] Some soils in Florida (old citrus groves) contain Cu as high as 4200 mg kg −1 due to fungicide sprays (Mehlich III). A similar pattern was found for Zn and Mn.[1] [12] Generally, the Vertisols of Iran are mostly developed from limestone and other parent rocks rich in calcium and magnesium, which have high potential for agricultural productions. Although substantial data are documented on properties of Vertisols, few studies are available to assess the effects of long-term continuous cultivation on the level and pattern of trace metals of the soils mainly in calcareous environments. "
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    • "Fungicides and pesticides containing Cu, Zn, and As have been widely used to protect citrus, apples, peaches, strawberries, and other fruit crops. In Florida, soils from old citrus groves (440 years) can contain Mehlich III extractable Cu as high as 4200 mg kg À1 , as compared to 10–20 mg kg À1 in the soils of newly planted citrus groves [10]. Similar trends were reported for Zn and As. "
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