Journal of
Soil Science and Environmental Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Soil Sci. Environ. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2391
  • DOI: 10.5897/JSSEM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 304

JSSEM Articles

Sewage sludge and NPK Application to enhance growth, yield and quality of kale and spinach crops

October 2021

Sewage sludge is considered as a valuable supplement because of its high organic matter, macro and micro nutrients. Its application has been studied in combination with recommended fertilizer dose (NPK is combination of N, P and K) for crops, viz. Kale and Spinach. The experiment comprised nine treatments (T1=0%SS+0%NPK as Control, T2=25%SS+0%NPK, T3=50%SS+0%NPK, T4=75%SS+0%NPK, T5=100%SS+0%NPK, T6=25%SS+75%NPK,...

Author(s): Sabia Zafar, Sameer Farooq, Insha Khursheed, Khalid Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Qazi, Tasadoq Hussain Jaweed, Farooq Ahmad Lone

Response of food barley (Hordeum vulgaer L.) with combined uses of lime and varied phosphorus sources on acidic nitisols of Wolmera District

August 2021

A field experiment was conducted on acidic nitisols of Wolmera District in two locations at 2017 cropping season to determine the response of barley for the combined application of lime and different phosphorus fertilizers. Several barley growth performances, yield, and plant samples were collected with soil samples to determine soil acidity attributes and nutrient use efficiency. Barley grain yield and growth...

Author(s): Matiyas Dejene, Girma Abera and Temesgen Desalegn

Cadmium and lead contents in compost amended oxisols in the western highlands of Cameroon

August 2021

This study evaluates the Cadmium (Cd) and Lead (Pb) concentrations of an oxisols in a field where the plots had received one, two, and three year’s application of compost (20 t/ha), together with a control plot. The soil was sampled at depths of 0-10, 10-20, and 20-30 cm for analysis of total Cd and Pb principally, but also other soil physico-chemical properties. Cd and Pb bulk contents were measured by atomic...

Author(s): Emile TEMGOUA, Georges Simplice KOUEDEU KAMENI, Bernard Palmer KFUBAN YERIMA, Rodrigue Emmanuel KENNE, Willy NOUBEP FOGANG, Quentin Donald TCHAMAKO MONTHE, Honorine NTANGMO TSAFACK and Dieudonné Lucien BITOM OYONO  

Soil survey and characterization of soil of Argo- Gedilala Sub Watershed in Dugda District, Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

July 2021

A detailed study on soil resources characterization based on the understanding of the soil system is not available at Dugda district. With the cognizance of this fact, the present study was conducted to characterize the morphological and physicochemical properties of soils, classify the soils according to World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) of Argo-Gedilala Subwatershed in Dugda District of Oromia Regional...

Author(s): Bekele Abebe , Lemma Wogi and Samuel Feyissa

Vermicompost soil amendment influences yield, growth responses and nutritional value of Kale (Brassica oleracea Acephala group), Radish (Raphanus sativus) and Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L)

May 2021

Greenhouse experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of various vermicompost amendments on growth responses and nutrient content of kale (Brassica oleracea Acephala group), radish (Raphanus sativus), and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L), using a completely randomized design with three crop species, four vermicompost treatments and four replications. The twelve treatment combinations consisted of vermicompost...

Author(s): Elsa Calderon and Desmond G. Mortley  

The evaluation of soil fertility status of open space in campus area and their suitability for tropical fruits production

May 2021

This study aims to determine the level of fertility and the suitability of various types of tropical fruit from open space at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha campus area in Jineng Dalem, Singaraja. 18 soil samples with 3 depth categories (25, 50, and 75 cm) were collected, and the properties analyzed are limited to the the following parameters: soil texture, pH, base saturation, organic carbon (%), DHL (µs cm-1),...

Author(s): Gunamantha I. M., Sudiana I. K., Sastrawidana D. K., Suryaputra I. N. G. A. and Oviantari M. V.  

Arsenic uptake and toxicity threshold for lettuce plants (Lactuca sativa L.) grown in poultry litter amended soils

May 2021

Poultry litter (PL) is used as a soil amendment agriculture, and can contain toxic As, which can accumulate in soils and absorb by plants. A greenhouse study was conducted to evaluate the uptake of As in Kirkham and Sunset soils which received PL for over 20 years. The soils received 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 mg kg-1 arsenic and black seeded ‘Simpson’ lettuce grown. At maturity, plants were divided into roots...

Author(s): Eddy L. Cadet, Desmond G. Mortley, Kokoasse Kpomblekou-A and Dennis L. Eggett  

Effect of agricultural machinery on physical and hydraulic properties of agricultural soils

April 2021

The study assessed effect of farm machinery on both physical and hydraulic properties of agricultural soils used for rice cultivation in northern Ghana.  Two tractor models were used for the field experiment with field tests and soil sampling points classified as tractor tyre passage area (TTPA), ploughed area (PA) and unploughed area (UPA). The study used Randomised Complete Block Design (RCBD) with 3 blocks, 3...

Author(s): Felix K. Abagale

Estimation of maize yield gap through soil analysis in small land holding fields at Livingstonia Plateau, Rumphi, Malawi

April 2021

The study was conducted at Livingstonia Plateau in Rumphi District, Northern Malawi to estimate maize yield gaps through the analysis of soil nutrients during the 2018/2019 growing season. Soil analysis was done for one hundred and fifty soil samples collected from the depth of 0 to 100 at an interval of 20 cm from the top, middle and bottom landscapes of the plateau. Soil nutrients analysis was done at the Ministry of...

Author(s): Bernard Chizengo Gomezgani Kamanga, Deborah Mhone, Shekinah Lungu, Matthews Chimbaza, Shallonie Soko, MacPherson Makumba, Elizabeth Kasebele and Joseph Kalasa

Fertilizer recommendations for optimal soybean production in North and Center Benin

April 2021

In the traditional cropping systems of Benin Republic, soybean is mostly cultivated with no mineral fertilizer supply, despite the decrease of soil fertility. Furthermore, there is no specific fertilizer available for the crop, in spite of its cash crop character. This leads to weak crop yield in the farmers’ fields. The present study aims to determine the optimal doses of each N, P, K, Mg and Zn nutrient to...

Author(s): Faki O. Chabi, Gustave D. Dagbenonbakin, Emile C. Agbangba, Brice T. Oussou, Bérékia K. Agban, Mireille Dakpo, Léonard E. Ahoton, Guillaume L. Amadji and Saïdou Aliou

Soil properties and maize (Zea mays L.) growth and yield response to water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) compost application in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya

February 2021

The decline in organic matter (OM) content and fertility of soils often contribute to losses in agricultural production. This research determined the effects of water hyacinth compost application on selected soil properties and maize growth and yield during a field experiment conducted between February 2020 and August 2020 in Lake Victoria basin, Kenya. The experiment was conducted in a randomized complete block design...

Author(s): Kevin Obondo, Joyce J. Lelei and Samuel M. Mwonga  

Impact of land use types and soil depths on selected soil physicochemical properties in Fasha District, Konso Zone, Southern Ethiopia

February 2021

Agricultural activities such as deforestation, continuous cultivation and intensive grazing cause deterioration of soil properties. This study was conducted with the objective to investigate the influence of land use types (cultivated, grazing and forest lands) and soil depths (0-15 and 15-30 cm) on soil properties. Eighteen composite soil samples were collected and analyzed using standard procedures and the data was...

Author(s): Mengistu Tumayro and Dereje Tesgaye  

Fertility status of soils under selected land use types in Orlu, Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria

February 2021

The study evaluated the fertility status of some land use types in Orlu area of Imo State using elemental ratio. Soil samples were collected from three land use types namely; plantain plantation, oil palm plantation and cassava. A total of 18 samples were collected. Six soil samples were randomly collected from each land use at depths of 0 - 15 cm and 15 - 30 cm. Routine analyses were conducted and Ca/Mg and K/Mg were...

Author(s): Nkwopara, U. N., Osisi, A. F., Nzube, E. T., Onwudike, S. U., and Ihem, E. E.  

Modifications induced in soil physicochemical properties by repeated fire for different fuel load treatment in a West African savanna-woodland

December 2020

Fire is known to stimulate growth of savanna vegetation, promote species’ diversity, and regulate tree and grass balance. However, the timing and frequency at which savannas are burned and the fuel properties can affect residual soil nutrient content and, ultimately, productivity. The objective of this study is to characterize changes in soil physical and chemical properties in a savanna-woodland subject to...

Author(s): Sabine W. M. F. Doamba, Patrice Savadogo and Hassan B. Nacro

Effect of rhizobial inoculation combined with phosphorus fertilizer on nitrogen accumulation, growth and yield of soybean in Benin

December 2020

The objective of this study was to determine the amount of phosphorus application needed for the Bradyrhizobium inoculation to improve soybean N uptake and grain yield. Two factors were investigated: inoculation with Bradyrhizobium diazoefficiens strain USDA 110 and application of phosphorus fertilizer with different doses (0; 50; 100 and 150 kg ha-1 P2O5). Trials were carried out in two agro-ecological zones (ZAE) in...

Author(s): Houngnandan H. B., Adandonon A., Akplo T. M., Zoundji C.C., Kouelo A. F., Zeze A., Houngnandan P., Bodjrenou R., , Dehoue H., and Akinocho J.,  

Organic carbon sequestration in mineral soil layers of cold-temperate mixed forests

November 2020

The aim of this study is to analyze the concentration of soil organic carbon (SOC) and C stocks in cold-temperate mixed forests in southern Québec, Canada. More specifically, the analysis deals with SOC concentrations and C stocks with respect to other key soil properties and environmental factors (such as soil pH, nitrogen, texture, structure, bulk density, litter thickness, drainage), including vegetation data...

Author(s): Diane Saint-Laurent, Jean-Sébastien Berthelot and Lisane Arsenault-Boucher  

Effects of lime and phosphorous application on chemical properties of soil, dry matter yield, and phosphorus concentration of barley (Hordeum vulgare) grown on Nitosols of Emdibir, Southern Ethiopia

October 2020

The effects of lime and P fertilizer application on chemical properties of acid soil, and dry matter yield (DMY) and phosphorus concentration of barley were investigated in a greenhouse experiment in 2013. The experimental soil was collected from Emdibir, South-Western Ethiopia. Five lime levels (CaCO3) (0, 6093, 12186, 18280, and 24373 mg CaCO3 kg-1 soil) in a factorial combination with five phosphorus (TSP) rates (0,...

Author(s): Sosena Amsalu and Sheleme Beyene  

Assessment of selected soil physicochemical properties on different land-use systems and landscape positions at Hamesa watershed, Wolayita zone, Southern Ethiopia

August 2020

The investigation was undertaken at Hamesa watershed of Wolayita Zone with the aim to assess the consequences of land-use systems and topography on the physical and chemical properties of selected soils. Surface soil samples taken at 0-15 and 15-30 cm depths from three land-use systems (enset, grassland and maize fields) were collected under three slope positions (upper, middle and lower). Both the clay and bulk density...

Author(s): Markos Mathewos  

Effect of graded compaction of tilled and untilled sandy loam soil on growth and yield of maize

July 2020

The performance of maize on tilled and untilled sandy loam soil, under different levels of compaction of 0, 2, 4 and 6 tractor-wheel passes in a humid tropical environment was investigated with a Massey Ferguson (MF) 90-disc plough, mounted on an MF 260 tractor. The experimentation had different aspects, respectively conducted in the field and laboratory, at the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The...

Author(s): Asinyetogha H. Igoni, Raphael B. Jumbo and Davidson D. Davis  

Effect of biochar application on selected soil properties in Southwestern Nigeria

July 2020

This study investigated the effect of biochar on dispersible clay and soil chemical properties. The treatments consisted of four rates of milled biochar (0, 450, 900 and 1344 kg/ha) arranged in a Completely Randomized Design with four replicates. Surface (0-15 cm depth) soil of Iwo (Sandy loam) and Egbeda (Loamy sand) soil series were collected from the Teaching and Research Farm, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,...

Author(s): Olakayode A. O., Akinde B. P. and Egbebi I. A.  

Shea waste slurry as an organic soil amendment of tropical soils in the Tamale Metropolis, Northern Ghana

July 2020

Infertile and less productive soil due to continuous cropping, poor soil management and other forms of land exploitation are mostly amended using inorganic fertiliser. Shea waste slurry (SWS) as an organic soil amendment material was applied to soils in two locations and its effect on plant primary and secondary nutrients evaluated. One-way diagonal method was employed in sampling soil from fields measuring 25...

Author(s): Abagale F. K., Alazuga I. N. A. and Osei A. R.  

Comparison of several lime requirement methods in luvisol of Southern Ethiopia

June 2020

Ethiopian soil affected by strong acidity accounts for about 28% of the entire country and 43% of the total cultivated land. Soil acidity is expanding in scope and magnitude. To tackle the problem, lime addition is one of the solutions. The lack of soil specific lime recommendation method(s) to amend the increasing acidification problem has been one of the challenges to boost crop production. Therefore, a greenhouse...

Author(s): Abebe Abay, Tesfaye Hirpo, Ayele Abebe and Fikre Mekuria  

Validation of blended NPSB fertilizer rates on yield, yield components of Teff [Eragrostis tef (Zuccagni) Trotter] at vertisols of Hatsebo, Central Tigray, Ethiopia

June 2020

Application of unbalanced nutrition was the main yield limiting factor in the study area. Hence, an experiment was conducted during the 2017 cropping season on farmers’ fields to validate and determine optimum blended fertilizer rate for teff production. Eight levels of NPSB (0, 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 kg ha-1) and recommended NP (100 kg ha-1 urea and 100 kg ha-1TSP) were used as treatments and set in...

Author(s): Tewolde Berhe, Gebreyohannes Girmay and Abrha Kidanemariam  

Economic importance of termites and integrated soil and water conservation for the rehabilitation of termite-degraded lands and termite management in Ethiopia

May 2020

In Ethiopia, termites pose serious threat to a variety of agricultural crops, forestry, rangelands, houses and other wooden structures. Termite problem is particularly prevalent in the western part of the country, where it has persisted for many years and has received wide publicity. Termites appeared in the region for the first time in 1904 at a specific place called Bafano Koreche around Kiltu Kara town in West...

Author(s): Daniel Getahun Debelo  

Effect of flooding on peatland in U Minh Thuong National Park, Vietnam

May 2020

U Minh Thuong National Park is one of the two significant areas of peatland swamp forest remaining in Vietnam, and is recognized as one of the three highest priority sites for wetland conservation in Mekong Delta. A large area of Melaleuca Forest in the park was destroyed and degraded by a devastating fire in 2002. Besides this, an artificial flooding technique for controlling fire applied all over the park for several...

Author(s): Thai Thanh Luom  

Soil conservation techniques among arable crop farmers in Odo Otin local government area, Osun state: A multinomial logit approach

May 2020

The study investigated the soil conservation techniques among the arable farmers in Odo Otin local government area of Osun State. Two-stage sampling procedure was employed for the study. Primary data were collected from 120 arable crop farmers in the Local Government Area. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics; multinomial logit regression model. Result shows that most the respondents were aware of...

Author(s): Agboola Timothy Olusola, Balogun Olubunmi Lawrence, Ayantoye Kayode, Akinwole Oladele Timothy and Ayo-Bello Taofeek Ayodeji  

Compost biomass, pH value and C, N, K contents of some local wild plant species: Case of Panicum maximum L., Trypsa- cum laxum L. and Pueraria javanica (Benth.) Benth, in the Region of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo

April 2020

Soil fertility transience and weed management are often among decried impediments undermining agricultural productivity in many tropical countries. A study aiming at transforming baffling problems of abundant weed biomasses especially that of Panicum maximum (T1), Tryps-acum laxum (T2) and Pueraria javanica (T3), often cause of crop yield loss into advantage to enhance soil fertility, increase crop productivity as well...

Author(s): Tanzito  Adjumati  Georges, Adipandi  Balewamegoto  Richard, Dungu  Makalu  Alexis, Monde  Te-Kazagba Godfroid and Ibanda  Pembele  Angele  

Effects of long term sugarcane production on soils physicochemical properties at Finchaa sugar Estate

March 2020

In Ethiopia, where sugarcane has been cultivated for over 20 years, changes in soil physicochemical properties are expected to occur albeit information on the extent of change is scanty. A study was conducted in 2015 at Finchaa Sugar Estate with the objective of assessing the status of selected soil properties under long term mechanized sugarcane cultivation. Disturbed composite and undisturbed soil samples from 0-30...

Author(s): Tesfaye Wakgari, Kibebew Kibret, Bobe Bedadi, Melesse Temesgen and Teklu Erkossa  

Use of charcoal (biochar) to enhance tropical soil fertility: A case of Masako in Democratic Republic of Congo

March 2020

Soil fertility transience in the region of Masako in Democratic Republic (RD) of Congo remains a major challenge to sustainable agricultural production. Recently, biochar application as soil amendment has attracted attention of the people across the world owing to its potential to improve soil physicochemical properties, crop yield and carbon sequestration into the soil. A study was conducted in Masako to analyze the...

Author(s): Tanzito G, Ibanda P. A., Ocan D., and Lejoly J.  

Soil moisture retention and rainfed wheat yield variations by the addition of gypsum and green manure

March 2020

In rainfed tract, the success of agriculture depends on conservation and efficient use of soil moisture and nutrients availability that directly linked with the presence of moisture in soil. The moisture can be conserved through several means including green manures and gypsum addition. The experiment was conducted to investigate the integrated effect of green manures and gypsum for moisture conservation and their...

Author(s): Rahina Kausar, Muhammad Imran Akram, Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Ayesha Malik, Abdur Rashid Zahid and Basharat Ali  

Optimization of the analytical method for the determination of organic matter

February 2020

Soil organic matter represents the remains of roots, plant materials, dead organisms in varies stages of decomposition and synthesis and is variable in composition. Walkley-Black method for the determination of organic matter is the most common method; however, it requires a lot of reagents and chemicals including potassium dichromate which is toxic especially when it is in a hexavalent form. It is very important to be...

Author(s): Zeyede Aregahegn  

Effect of vermicompost and blended fertilizers rates on yield and yield components of Tef (Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter)

November 2019

Tef is a stable crop in Ethiopia in which its yield is constrained by poor soil fertility management. Therefore, a field experiment was conducted for two consecutive years during 2016 and 2017 on clayey textural soil to assess the effect of vermicompost and inorganic fertilizer rates on yield and yield components of tef. Accordingly, field experiment with four levels of vermicompost (0, 2, 4 and 6 t ha-1) and four...

Author(s): Kinfe Tekulu, Tsadik Tadele, Tewolde Berhe, Weldegebreal Gebrehiwot, Gebresemaeti Kahsu, Solomon Mebrahtom, Goitom Aregawi and Gidena Tasew  

Soil bulk density, soil moisture content and yield of Tef (Eragrostis tef) influenced by Acacia seyal Del canopy in Parkland agro-forestry system

October 2019

The effect of Acacia seyal tree on soil bulk density, soil moisture content, grain and biomass yield of tef (Eragrostis tef) were examined on six selected comparable A. seyal trees on croplands. Composite soil samples (6 trees × 3 distances × 2 soil depths) were collected at three distances from the tree base (1, 2.5 and 9 m) and two soil depths (0-15 and 15-30 cm) in four radial directions. Grain and...

Author(s): Abera Tesfaye and Bekele Lemma  

Soil characterization and evaluation of blended (YaraMila cereal) fertilizer for bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production at Aleltu areas in North Shewa Zone of Oromia region

September 2019

The main objective of the study was to characterize the soils on the basis of selected soil physicochemical properties and to evaluate the effects of blended fertilizer (YaraMila cereal) applications on yield and yield components of bread wheat on the major soil types in the study area. The field experiment involved 5 treatments (control, three rates of blended fertilizer and recommended nitrogen and phosphorus...

Author(s): Serkalem Tamiru and Sosena Amsalu  

Impacts of soil and water conservation on crop yield, soil properties, water resources, and carbon sequestration: A review

September 2019

This paper reviews the impact of soil and water conservation (SWC) measures on crop yield, soil properties, water resources and carbon sequestration. Land degradation due to soil erosion in Ethiopia is too severe which affects the livelihood of a community and ecosystem functions. The dry and highland part of the country was identified as seriously vulnerable to land degradation because of soil erosion. And, soil...

Author(s): Abebe Bezu and Ketema Tezera  

Evaluation of some selected forage grasses for their salt tolerance, ameliorative effect and biomass yield under salt affected soil at Southern Afar, Ethiopia

September 2019

Soil salinity is a growing problem on many irrigated parts of arid and semi-arid areas of Ethiopia. Utilization of improved salt-tolerant forage grasses help farmers to maximize production and reclaim saline soil. A study was conducted at Werer Agricultural Research Center (WARC) from 2012 to 2014 to evaluate performance of four forage grass species of salinity tolerance, ameliorative effect and biomass production. The...

Author(s): Ashenafi Worku, Bethel Nekir Lemma Mamo and Teshome Bekele  

Characterization and agricultural potentials of some pedons derived from sand stone parent rock near Abeokuta, Southwestern Nigeria

August 2019

Successful crop production requires the knowledge of soil variation and the evaluation of the agricultural potentials of the land. Detailed land resource survey of approximately 100 ha land in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State was carried out. Identified soil mapping units were examined in modal profiles. The soils were classified using the USDA Soil Taxonomy, FAO/IUSS World Reference Base (WRB) system...

Author(s): Orimoloye J. R., Amadi-Rapheal K. A. S. and Akinbola G. E.  

Spatial distribution of heavy metals in soil with distance from Tazama pipeline through the Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

July 2019

A total concentration of six studied heavy metals Arsenic (As), Lead (Pb), Chromium(Cr), Mercury (Hg) Cadmium (Cd) and Copper (Cu) were measured in soil across distances from TAZAMA pipeline in transects which have incidences of oil spillage and those which have no history of oil spillage. All studied heavy metals were detected in the study area. As, Pb and Cr were detected in both transects, that is, with oils spills...

Author(s): Doreen Jeremiah Mrimi, Julius William Nyahongo, Pål Olav Vedeld, Boniface Hussein Massawe and Charlotte Nakakaawa Jjunju  

Technical viability of physical soil and water conservation structures implemented in Lake Hawassa watershed, southern Ethiopia.

May 2019

Physical soil and water conservation measures with ultimate intention of reducing sever soil erosion and its associated impact had been implemented for the last four decades in southern Ethiopia. Yet, so far the technical viability of the implemented structures weren't studied. Therefore, the objective of this study was to evaluate the technical viability of the implemented physical soil and water conservation...

Author(s): Yericho Berhanu Meshesha  

Nitrogen use efficiency of tef [Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter] as affected by nitrogen fertilizer under chickpea-tef rotation at Tahtay Koraro District, North Ethiopia

May 2019

Study was carried out to evaluate the supplementary nitrogen requirement of tef to enhance nitrogen use efficiency of tef grown under chickpea-tef rotation cropping. On-farm, experiment was conducted during the 2015 main cropping season at Tahtay Koraro District of the Tigray regional State, Ethiopia on tef after preceding chickpea. The experiment was set in a randomized complete block design with three replications....

Author(s): Tsadik Tadele  

Assessing soil quality of Abargay Rangeland in Farta District, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

April 2019

Rangelands provide many supporting, regulative and provisioning ecosystem services to man. The mounting anthropogenic pressure on them is, however, causing their degradation and decline in productivity. Assessment of their soil quality is important for identifying sustainable land management practices. The present investigation was, therefore, carried out to assess the soil quality of adjoining protected and unprotected...

Author(s): Tadla Guadie Feleke, Parshotam Datt Sharma and Dereje Tsegaye Selfeko    

Soil degradation extent and dynamics of soil fertility improvement technologies In Majete Watershed, North Ethiopia

April 2019

Soil degradation is among the serious environmental hazards of this generation. It is threatening agricultural production and leads to food insecurity. The objective of this study is to assess current soil degradation status and soil fertility enhancement technologies practiced by the land owners. Data were obtained through questionnaires administered to 156 respondents selected randomly from all watershed...

Author(s): Kassaye Gurebiyaw Legese and Abay Gelanew  

Effect of Sulphur application and water salinity on soil and plant properties

February 2019

The main objective of this work was to study the effect of sulphur application and irrigation water quality on some soil properties of the calcareous, alluvial and sandy soils. A lysimeter experiment was conducted and filled with calcareous, alluvial and sandy soils to evaluate the impact of using elemental sulfur on the yields and mineral uptake of wheat plant. The experiment was cultivated with wheat plant (Triticum...

Author(s): Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed, Ahmed Osman Mohamed and Ozories Mohamed Ali  

Adoption of soil conservation practices through knowledge governance: the Mexican experience

January 2019

Top-down and centralized soil conservation programs have caused low adoption of sustainable practices. The adoption is a multistage and adaptive process that relies on the management of local knowledge. The results of 61 surveys were analyzed in order to systematize experiences of soil knowledge governance involving social organizations and farmers. Soil knowledge governance was done mainly through the sharing of...

Author(s): Helena Cotler and Maria Luisa Cuevas  

Nutrient release pattern from Leptic Cambisols as influenced by vermicompost and inorganic fertilizer applications

January 2019

An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of vermicompost, inorganic fertilizers and their combinations on release of soil nutrients at different growth stages of wheat. A factorial combination of four levels of inorganic fertilizers (0, 33.33, 66.66, and 100% of the recommended NPK fertilizers) and vermicompost (0, 2, 4 and 6 t ha-1) were laid out in complete randomized design with three replications. Soil...

Author(s): Molla Hadis, Gashaw Meteke and Wassie Haile  

Soil moisture variability effects on maize crop performance along a toposequence of a terraced vertisol in Machakos, Kenya

January 2019

Recurrent droughts are often associated with crop failure and therefore food insecurity especially in semi-arid areas of Kenya. A study was conducted in Machakos County in the long rain and short rain seasons of 2014 to determine the effect of soil moisture variability on crop performances and yields along the toposequence of a terraced vertisol. The crops were grown as either sole maize, sole beans or maize-bean...

Author(s): Mbugua H., Baaru M. W. and Gachene C. K.  

Prospects for sustainable cocoa farming from the rainfall balance in the last thirty years at Lôh-Djiboua and Gôh post-pioneer regions, Côte d’Ivoire

November 2018

The rainfall disturbances observed in the recent decades in Côte d'Ivoire constitute a constraint for sustainable cocoa production, the mainstay of the Ivorian economy. These disturbances constitute, in addition to the losses of production and those from the quality of the cocoa beans, one of the causes of the high cocoa mortality at the recovery stage in all cocoa production area. The present study, carried...

Author(s): KASSIN Koffi Emmanuel, KOUAME Brou, COULIBALY Klotioloma, TAHI Gnon Mathias N’GUESSAN Walet Pierre, AKA Aka Romain, ASSI Marise Evelyne, GUIRAUD Brigitte Honorine, KONE Boake and YAO Guy Fermand  

Impact of pollution by the hydrocarbons on the biological activity of soils in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

November 2018

The microbial activity estimated by respirometry test method made it possible to measure the quantity of CO2 produced per day, from four soils polluted at different degrees by hydrocarbons. These samples have been wet to 2/3 of their maximal capacity of retention and incubated at 30°C for 30 days. The quantity of CO2 released and measured shows a high value (83.97 mg/100 g of soils against 36.05 mg/100 g of soils)...

Author(s): Pauline W. Kaboré-Ouédraogo, Cheik A. T. Ouattara, Paul W. Savadogo, Aboubacar S. Ouattara and Alfred S. Traoré    

Mapping soil terrain resources and descriptions of agro-ecological zone in Dawuro and Gamo Gofa zones in south-western Ethiopia

October 2018

This study aims to identify and delineate land resources including soil, water and terrain resources, and major river basins, with demographic data and agro-ecological zone classification of general climatic conditions and vegetation characteristics of Gamo Gofa and Dawuro zones in South-western Ethiopia. Metadata source and visual assessment were used for this purpose. Agroecology zone classification is based on...

Author(s): Asrat Guja Amejo  

Comparative performance of farming practices in terms of carbon sequestration potential of mulberry and soil organic carbon stock

October 2018

Experimentation under the study at Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute, Berhampore (West Bengal, India) was laid out in RBD comprising of seven treatments replicated thrice. The treatments consist of six different farming practices along with a fallow. Mulberry variety, S 1635, spaced at 60 x 60 cm was subjected to those farming practices under irrigated Gangetic alluvial soil. Three years’ field...

Author(s): Ranjit Kar, Vrajan Vijay and Kanika Trivedy  

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