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: 287

Full Length Research Paper

Assessing soil amendment potentials of Mucuna pruriens and Crotalaria juncea when used as fallow crops

Imoro Abukari Ziblim, Gakpo Selorm Paul and Khan Aikins Timothy  
Department of Range and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, University for Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus. Tamale, Ghana
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 April 2013
  •  Published: 31 May 2013

Abstract

This research was carried out to assess the soil amendment potentials of Mucuna pruriens andCrotalaria juncea when used as fallow crops. The research made use of randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three treatments replicated three times. The study revealed higher mean levels of percentage nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, percentage organic carbon and soil pH after incorporation as compared to the results obtained before planting (Control). The results revealed significant difference in the levels of the above mentioned parameters before planting and after incorporation in soils under both M. pruriens and C. juncea but there were no significant differences in soils under the natural regeneration. Although there were no significant differences in the results obtained after incorporation between M. pruriens and C. junceaM. pruriensrecorded higher mean levels of percentage nitrogen, phosphorus, percentage organic carbon and soil pH except in potassium where the mean added level was higher in C. juncea. Though there was no significant difference in the soil amendment potentials of M. pruriens and C. junceaM. pruriens is recommended to be used as a fallow crop since it has an added advantage of serving as a cover crop to control soil erosion.

 

Key words: Fallow, soil amendment, potential, Mucuna pruriensCrotalaria Juncea.