Morphological and Physico-Chemical Properties of the Upland Soils of the Three Selected Agricultural Zones of Kebbi State, North Western, Nigeria

This study was aimed at obtaining information about the morphological, physical and chemical characteristics of the upland soils of the three selected agricultural zones of the State. Three pedons, one from each agricultural zone, were dug and designated as AUL, BUL and YUL in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi and Yauri agricultural zones, respectively. From each horizon of each pedon, morphological features were observed. Soil samples were then taken from each genetic soil horizon for laboratory analysis for physical and chemical characteristics. Result obtained shows that Pedon AUL and BUL were loamy sand in texture while pedon YUL was sandy loam and that might be the reason why upland rice has been grown on these soils. Based on the values of exchange bases and CEC obtained for AUL, BUL and YUL, the soil could be said to be medium in fertility and therefore appropriate management practices such as addition of organic matter, crop rotation, fallow periods, application of fertilizer and growing of leguminous crops should be applied on these soils for the sustainable agricultural production. pH of the soils are thus moderately acidic, highly acidic and slightly acidic to neutral as per AUL, BUL and YUL, respectively. Based on the concentration of pH, EC and ESP, the soil could be considered free from salinity and sodacity hazards and therefore good for crop production under appropriate management practices. Read more
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Morphological and Physico-Chemical Properties of the Upland Soils of the Three Selected Agricultural Zones of Kebbi State, North Western, Nigeria

This study was aimed at obtaining information about the morphological, physical and chemical characteristics of the upland soils of the three selected agricultural zones of the State. Three pedons, one from each agricultural zone, were dug and designated as AUL, BUL and YUL in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi and Yauri agricultural zones, respectively. From each horizon of each pedon, morphological features were observed. Soil samples were then taken from each genetic soil horizon for laboratory analysis for physical and chemical characteristics. Result obtained shows that Pedon AUL and BUL were loamy sand in texture while pedon YUL was sandy loam and that might be the reason why upland rice has been grown on these soils. Based on the values of exchange bases and CEC obtained for AUL, BUL and YUL, the soil could be said to be medium in fertility and therefore appropriate management practices such as addition of organic matter, crop rotation, fallow periods, application of fertilizer and growing of leguminous crops should be applied on these soils for the sustainable agricultural production. pH of the soils are thus moderately acidic, highly acidic and slightly acidic to neutral as per AUL, BUL and YUL, respectively. Based on the concentration of pH, EC and ESP, the soil could be considered free from salinity and sodacity hazards and therefore good for crop production under appropriate management practices. Read more
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Morphological and Physico-Chemical Properties of the Upland Soils of the Three Selected Agricultural Zones of Kebbi State, North Western, Nigeria

This study was aimed at obtaining information about the morphological, physical and chemical characteristics of the upland soils of the three selected agricultural zones of the State. Three pedons, one from each agricultural zone, were dug and designated as AUL, BUL and YUL in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi and Yauri agricultural zones, respectively. From each horizon of each pedon, morphological features were observed. Soil samples were then taken from each genetic soil horizon for laboratory analysis for physical and chemical characteristics. Result obtained shows that Pedon AUL and BUL were loamy sand in texture while pedon YUL was sandy loam and that might be the reason why upland rice has been grown on these soils. Based on the values of exchange bases and CEC obtained for AUL, BUL and YUL, the soil could be said to be medium in fertility and therefore appropriate management practices such as addition of organic matter, crop rotation, fallow periods, application of fertilizer and growing of leguminous crops should be applied on these soils for the sustainable agricultural production. pH of the soils are thus moderately acidic, highly acidic and slightly acidic to neutral as per AUL, BUL and YUL, respectively. Based on the concentration of pH, EC and ESP, the soil could be considered free from salinity and sodacity hazards and therefore good for crop production under appropriate management practices. Read more
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Morphological and Physico-Chemical Properties of the Upland Soils of the Three Selected Agricultural Zones of Kebbi State, North Western, Nigeria

This study was aimed at obtaining information about the morphological, physical and chemical characteristics of the upland soils of the three selected agricultural zones of the State. Three pedons, one from each agricultural zone, were dug and designated as AUL, BUL and YUL in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi and Yauri agricultural zones, respectively. From each horizon of each pedon, morphological features were observed. Soil samples were then taken from each genetic soil horizon for laboratory analysis for physical and chemical characteristics. Result obtained shows that Pedon AUL and BUL were loamy sand in texture while pedon YUL was sandy loam and that might be the reason why upland rice has been grown on these soils. Based on the values of exchange bases and CEC obtained for AUL, BUL and YUL, the soil could be said to be medium in fertility and therefore appropriate management practices such as addition of organic matter, crop rotation, fallow periods, application of fertilizer and growing of leguminous crops should be applied on these soils for the sustainable agricultural production. pH of the soils are thus moderately acidic, highly acidic and slightly acidic to neutral as per AUL, BUL and YUL, respectively. Based on the concentration of pH, EC and ESP, the soil could be considered free from salinity and sodacity hazards and therefore good for crop production under appropriate management practices. Read more
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