Nweke And Chime


Nweke and Chime

Greener Journal of
Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 11(1), pp. 19-25,

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Moisture characteristics
and soil chemical variations of a degraded soil treated with selected animal



Nweke, IA; Chime,



Department of Soil Science, Chukwuemeka
Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra state






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. Animal waste
and rates studied is recommended for organic farmers, potted plant growing
farmers with limited land availability and green house farmer.


Accepted:  04/02/2021

Published: 22/02/2021


*Corresponding Author

Nweke, I.A

E-mail: nweksoniyke@



water; moisture; water potentials; organic matter; organic waste









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this Article:
Nweke, IA; Chime, EU (2021). Moisture
characteristics and soil chemical variations of a degraded soil treated with
selected animal wastes. Greener Journal
of Agricultural Sciences
11(1): 19-25.


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