Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
SOIL, 6, 467–481, 2020
SOIL, 6, 467–481, 2020

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 et al.

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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.