a1 Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 141004, India
The correlation between sorption and mobility of potassium in illitic soils has been used to compare K leaching in profiles under different fertilizer treatments in longterm experiments. Estimates of potassium saturation of the cation exchange capacity in 15 cm soil layers to a depth of 225 cm indicated maximum leaching of K in unfertilized soils. Application of N, P and K increased K uptake by plants, reduced K saturation and thus its leaching.
(Received January 11 1978)