Nweke and Chime Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 11(1), pp. 19-25, 2021 ISSN: 2276-7770 Copyright ©2021, the copyright of this article is retained by the author(s) https://gjournals.org/GJAS Moisture characteristics and soil chemical variations of a degraded soil treated with selected animal wastes Nweke, IA; Chime, EU Department of Soil Science, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra state ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT Article No.: 020221018 Type: Research The ability of animal waste to restore and reclaim the productivity of degraded soil is dependent on the nutrient content of the waste, rates applied and ability to release nutrients in available form for crop production. In this present study the comparative effectiveness of three (3) animal wastes; poultry waste, swine waste and cow waste in improving the productivity of a degraded soil was simultaneously investigated in a greenhouse study. The experiment was laid out in factorial experiment in randomized complete block design and each treatment was replicated three (3) times. A control was also included. The findings from the study showed that animal wastes and rates studied significantly increased water potentials at 0.1bar, 1.0bar and 15bar for the 2 years study. The readily available water and total available water was increased. On the average the water retention on the amended soils showed an increased order of PW > SW > CW > CO (1st year cropping) and SW > PW > CW > CO (2nd year cropping). The characterization of nutrient content showed that animal wastes significantly increased the available P, OC, TN and ECEC of the degraded soil. On the average the nutrient output of the wastes showed an order PW > SW > CW > CO. Na/K and Ca/Mg ratios were enhanced by the waste application. 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