EFFECTS OF ORGANIC AMMENDMENTS ON SOME SOIL PROPERTIES AND NUTRIENT UPTAKE OF ZEA MAYS IN SOILS OF DIFFERENT PARENT MATERIALS.

EFFECTS OF ORGANIC AMMENDMENTS ON SOME SOIL PROPERTIES AND NUTRIENT UPTAKE OF ZEA MAYS IN SOILS OF DIFFERENT PARENT MATERIALS.

Author by Mr. Olufunso Akinboye

Journal/Publisher: International Journal Of Advance Agricultural Research

Volume/Edition: 4

Language: English

Pages: 89 - 93

Abstract

Understanding of organic soil amendment sources on soil properties is needed for exploration of the full benefits of such amendments. Thus, a pot experiment was conducted at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria, to evaluate the effects of organic ammendments on some soil properties and nutrient uptake of Zea mays L. (maize plant) in soils of different parent materials. The experiment was a split plot laid out in a ramdomized complete block design (RCBD) with soils formed over coastal plain soils, sandstone and shale as the main plot treatment and animal manure [poultry droppings (PD), cowdung (CD), goat droppings (GD)] as the subplot treatments. Treatments were replicated three times. The results of the study show that organic ammendments increased plant height, stem girth and number of leaves relative to control. Nutrient uptake by Z. mays plant (Ca, Mg, K and P) from soil formed over shale was significantly higher (p<0>


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