Soybean pod wall p and k as related to extractable p and k and grain yield

W. O. Thom, J. H. Grove, L. W. Murdock, J. H. Herbek

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It was proposed that the pod wall surrounding the developing soybean seed (growth stage R6) could serve as a diagnostic indicator of crop nutritional status. This was evaluated by summarizing soybean responses (R1 trifoliate and R6 pod wall P and K concentrations, and yield) to various levels of soil P and K availability in ten field experiments. Pod wall P and K concentrations were closely related to available soil P (Bray P1) and K (M NH4C2H3O2-PH 7.0), respectively. The relationship of pod wall P concentration to grain yield was superior to those found when either trifoliate leaf P or available soil P was related to grain yield. Pod wall K was similarly superior to leaf K or available soil K. Though further work is needed to describe changes in pod wall composition during grain-fill, it appears that pod wall sampling offers an alternative or additional sampling interval in the evaluation of soybean nutrition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-196
Number of pages14
JournalCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science


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