TABLE 1

Basic properties of the two soils at 0 to 15 cm

PropertyPasture soil (Dookie)Vegetable soil (Clyde)
Location36°25′S, 145°42′E38°07′S, 145°19′E
Water content (%)14.012.3
Soil pH (H2O)5.657.19
Cation-exchange capacity (cmol kg−1)10.212.7
Organic matter (%)5.963.11
NH4+-N (mg kg−1)3.85.0
NO3-N (mg kg−1)28.550.0
Total N (g kg−1)3.82.8
TextureSilty loamLoamy sand
Particle size (%)
    Coarse sand (0.2–2 mm)738
    Fine sand (0.02–0.2 mm)5247
    Silt (0.002–0.02 mm)3011
    Clay (<0.002 mm)114