Title: Phosphorus levels in croplands of the European Union with implications for P fertilizer use
Citation: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF AGRONOMY vol. 55 p. 42-52
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC88111
ISSN: 1161-0301
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1161030113001950
DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2013.12.008
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In the frame of the Land Use/Land Cover Area Frame Survey sampling of topsoil was carried out on around 22.000 points in 25 EU Member States in 2009 and in additional 2 member States in 2012. Beside other basic soil properties soil phosphorus (P) content of the samples were also measured in a single laboratory in both years. Based on the results of the LUCAS Topsoil survey we performed an assessment of plant available P status of European croplands. Higher P levels can be observed in regions where higher crop yields can be expected and where high fertiliser P inputs are reported. Plant available phosphorus levels were determined using two selected fertilizer recommendation systems; one from Hungary and one from the United Kingdom. The fertiliser recommendation system of the UK does not recommend additional fertiliser use on croplands with highest P supply, which covers regions mostly in Belgium and the Netherlands. According to a Hungarian advisory system there is a need for fertilizer P input in all regions of the EU. We established a P fertiliser need map based on integrating results from the two systems. Based on data from 2009 and 2012, P input demand of croplands in the European Union was estimated to 3,849,873 tons(P2O5)/year. In the meanwhile we found disparities of calculated input need and reported fertiliser statistics both on local (country) scale and on EU level. The first ever uniform topsoil P survey of the EU highlights the contradictions between soil P management of different countries of the Union while also highlights the inconsistencies between reported P fertiliser consumption and advised P doses. Our analysis shows a status of a baseline period of the years 2009 and 2012, while a repeated LUCAS topsoil survey can be a useful tool to monitor future changes of nutrient levels, including P in soils of the EU.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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