Research Papers/Topics in Soil Science

AN ASSESSMENT OF SOME SOIL QUALITY INDICATORS IN DEKINA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KOGI STATE A CASE STUDY OF ABOCHO, EGUME, AND OJIKPADALA

ABSTRACT The study was carried out in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to determine the soil quality indicators. Among the towns which the research was carried out are ABOCHO, EGUME, AND OJIKPADALA. The area is characterized by sandy layer, sand content ranged between 78.6% and 84.6%, silt ranged between 1.72% and 4.72% and clay ranged from 13.68% to 17.68%.The pH of the soil was found to be acidic and ranged between 4.8 and 6.9.The soil organic carbon ranged between 0.57% and 1.04%...

ADDITION OF DIFFERENT LEVELS OF POULTRY MANURE ON TOTAL HETEROTROPHIC BACTERIA IN A CULTIVATED SOIL

ABSTRACTA laboratory experiment was set up at Kogi State University Anyigba at the faculty of Agriculture, department of soil and environmental management Laboratory to evaluate the effect of different levels of poultry manure on total heterotrophic bacteria in a cropped soil. Soil samples were collected from many random points at the Kogi State University Teaching and Research Farm at a depth of 0-15cm using an auger. The collected samples were bulked into one composite sample which was take...

Cations Ratios Distribution in Selected Rice Soils of Ebonyi, Southeastern Nigeria

This research work was carried out on the rice soils of Ebonyi State, considering the cation ratios distribution in upland, lowland and irrigated rice in the three agro-ecological zones of Ebonyi, namely; Ebonyi North, Ebonyi Central and Ebonyi South. The location at Ebonyi North was at Amachi Izzi in Abakaliki and designated by AUP, ALP and AIP for Abakaliki Upland, Lowland and Irrigated pits respectively. Ebonyi Central was located at Ikwo and designated by IUP, ILP and IIP f...

APPLICATION OF DIGITAL ELEVATION MODEL (DEM) IN SUITABILITY EVALUATION OF SELECTED SOILS OF IKWO – SOUTHEASTERN NIGERIA FOR RICE PRODUCTION

The study was carried out at Agubia Ikwo in Central Ebonyi State and aimed at using Digital Elevation Model (DEM) in suitability evaluation of some selected soils for rice production. Three rice growing soils were identified in the area which include upland, lowland and irrigated rice soils. Three profile pits were sunk in each of the three rice cropping soils summing up to a total of 9 profiles. Suitability evaluations indicated that soil climatic requirements as well as soil physical condit...

The impacts of agroforestry practices on soil fertility in rural areas

ABSTRACTThe concern of humanity is the need to tackle the increasing challenges of severe land degradation and desertification of the ecosystem. The study examined the impacts of agroforestry practices on soil fertility in rural areas of Katsina State, Nigeria. Purposive sampling technique was employed in collecting data from one hundred (100) rural farmers with structured questionnaire administered in two Local Government Areas of Katsina State, namely Batsari and Safana. The data were analy...

ASSESSMENT OF SOIL CHEMICAL DEGRADATION UNDER KOLANUT PRODUCTION IN IMOTA LAGOS STATE

ABSTRACTOne of the most serious problems currently affecting agricultural production in developing countries especially Nigeria is land degradation. The adverse effect of land degradation on soil production, soil health and food security is an important current global issue. Hence, this study assessed the chemical degradation of soils under kolanut production with the view of optimizing its production through appropriate management practices that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. S...

ASSESSMENT OF SOIL CHEMICAL DEGRADATION UNDER KOLANUT PRODUCTION IN IMOTA, LAGOS STATE

One of the most serious problems currently affecting agricultural production in developing countries especially Nigeria is land degradation. The adverse effect of land degradation on soil production, soil health and food security is an important current global issue. Hence, this study assessed the chemical degradation of soils under kolanut production with the view of optimizing its production through appropriate management practices that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. Surface (...

DISTRIBUTION OF TOTAL AND EXCHANGEABLE POTASSIUM IN THE TEACHING AND RESEARCH FARM OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA

The study was conducted for distribution of total and exchangeable K from different cropping system, yam farm, fallow land and eucalyptus plantation, the sample was collected from the teaching and research farm of the Federal University of Technology at the depth of 0-15cm on the soil surface. The soil samples were collected from nine points along three random sites, the soil where then bulked together. The physical and chemical analysis as carried out, the total and ...