Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Original research article
07 Oct 2020
Original research article |  | 07 Oct 2020

Obtaining more benefits from crop residues as soil amendments by application as chemically heterogeneous mixtures

Marijke Struijk, Andrew P. Whitmore, Simon R. Mortimer, and Tom Sizmur


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Jun 2020) by Claudio Zaccone
AR by Marijke Struijk on behalf of the Authors (01 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (17 Jul 2020) by Claudio Zaccone
ED: Publish as is (18 Jul 2020) by Johan Six(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Crop residues are widely available on-farm resources containing carbon and nutrients, but, as soil amendments, their decomposition does not always benefit the soil. We applied mixtures of crop residues that are chemically different from each other and found significantly increased soil organic matter and available nitrogen levels. Applying crop residue mixtures has practical implications involving the removal, mixing and reapplication rather than simply returning crop residues to soils in situ.