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Agricultural Reviews, volume 35 issue 1 (march 2014) : 64-68


M. Lalitha, M. Dhakshinamoorthy1
1National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Bangalore- 560 024, India
Cite article:- Lalitha M., Dhakshinamoorthy1 M. (2024). FORMS OF SOIL POTASSIUM-A REVIEW. Agricultural Reviews. 35(1): 64-68. doi: 10.5958/j.0976-0741.35.1.008.
The knowledge about different forms and availability of potassium is must while studying the response of crops to K. Because Potassium supply to crop plants is a complex phenomenon involving relationships among various K fractions in soil. Potassium availability to plants in general is governed by different forms of K viz water soluble K, exchangeable K, fixed K and mineral K. Plants utilize not only the readily available K but also the non-exchangeable and mineral K during the crop growth. The potassium availability to plants is determined by the rate of change in the dynamic equilibrium between different forms of K in the soil which in turn is controlled by the mineral make up, rate of weathering and exchange properties of the soil.
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