Ejikeme And Nweke

Ejikeme and Nweke

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 6 (10), pp. 326-330, November 2016.

 ISSN: 2276-7770  

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 102116189


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2016.10.102116189)

 

Physical
and Chemical Characterisation of Soils of Anambra State College of Agriculture,
Mgbakwu

 

Ejikeme CS1 and Nweke IA*2

 

1Anambra
State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu, Nigeria.

2Department of Soil Science,
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Nigeria.


Abstract

The physical and chemical characterisation of Anambra
State College of Agriculture at Mgbakwu, Awka North Local Government Area was
conducted using composite samples from two representative profile pits. Six
soil samples were collected from various depths, dried, sieved with 2 mm sieve
and subjected to a routine soil analysis and the characteristics of the soils
described. The findings from the study shows that the texture of the soils
varied from loamy sand to sand clay loam, with the total sand ranging from 640
– 840 gkg-1, clay from 70 to 290 gkg-1 and silt 50 – 90
gkg-1. The soils reaction (pH) is extremely acidic to moderate,
ranging from 4.1 to 5.8. The available phosphorous of the soils is very low,
1.87 to 3.73 mgkg-1. The exchangeable bases, organic matter, carbon,
cation exchangeable capacity (CEC) and percentage nitrogen of the soils were
observed to be low. Generally, the result of the study revealed that the
nutrient elements tested were below their critical level and therefore need to
be upgraded in soil nutrients through soil amendment to produce maximally.

 

Keywords: Agriculture,
chemical soil properties, Mgbakwu, physical soil properties.

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