Cattle Slurry Application on Energy Crops: A Sustainable Practice?

M. Di Candilo & E. Ceotto
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of cattle slurry application, in comparison with mineral fertilizers, on energy crops in the Po Valley, Northern Italy. In particular, we evaluated: i) the yield response; ii) the nitrate content in soil profile; iii) the energy implications of displacing industrial fertilizers. In the four year period 2008-2011 three field experiments on manure application on energy crops have been carried out. The investigated crops were:...