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Soil and Leaf Nutrient Properties by Establishment Periods of Chesnut (Castanea crenata Sieb. et. Zucc.) Orchards in Sancheong-gun
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Soil and Leaf Nutrient Properties by Establishment Periods of Chesnut (Castanea crenata Sieb. et. Zucc.) Orchards in Sancheong-gun
Kim, Choon-Sig; An, Hyun-Chul; Cho, Hyun-Seo; Lim, Jong-Taek; Byun, Jae-Kyeong;
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Optimum soil management of chestnut orchards is important to ensure high quality and yields of chestnut. This study was conducted to evaluate soil and green leaf characteristics by establishment periods of chestnut (Castanea crenata Sieb. et. Zucc.) orchards in Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. Total 30 plots with the criteria of similar cultivation practices were chosen and classified into two establishment periods by over 20-year-old orchards (17 plots) and below 19-year-old orchards (13 plots). Soil bulk density was significantly higher (p<0.05) in over 20-year-old () than in below 19-year-old () plots. Soils in over 20-year-old plots were severely acidified with pH 4.56 compared to pH 4.73 in below 19-year-old plots. However, soil organic matter, total nitrogen, available phosphorus, and potassium were not significantly different (p>0.05) between both establishment periods. Leaf area, leaf mass, and nutrient (N, P, K, Ca, Mg) concentration of green leaves were also not significantly different (p>0.05) between both establishment periods. The results indicate that soil bulk density in chestnut orchards is dependent on the establishment periods, while soil chemical property and leaf nutrient concentration may be little influenced by the establishment periods.
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