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Effect of different rates of wooden ash application on physic-chemical properties of sandy desert soil

R. K. Soothar, S. M. Kori, H. R. Mangio, M. U. Mirjat, A. Kumar, O. P. Soothar

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Int. J. Biosci.11(1), 298-307, July 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/20.2.1-20

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Abstract

In Pakistan, generally traditional irrigation methods are widely used to irrigate crops in which the entire soil surface is saturated without considering the soil properties. In sandy soil, irrigation application to crop is not only waste of the water but also leaches valuable nutrients out of the effective root zone. The present study was based on randomized complete block design including 4-Treatments (T0 = control, T1= 2 tons’ Wooden ash /ha, T2 = 4 tons’ Wooden ash /ha and T3 = 6 tons’ Wooden ash /ha) with 3 replications and all treatments were arranged in field and laboratory. The soil samples were collected at the depth of 0-30 cm from Mithi and wooden ash randomly collected from homes of various villages of Taluka Mithi, Sindh, Pakistan. The results revealed that the soil textural class was changed in T3 because effective ash application in desert soil and similar tends were observed. Similarly, the average dry bulk density, porosity and were significantly affected under all treatments. The variation in water holding capacity ranged from 20 to 23 percent under all treatments at both experimental sites after experiment. However, the similar trends were observed that the wooden ash treatments effect significantly increased with the application of different levels of soil pH and EC due to chemical reaction of soluble salts present in the ash. Moreover, the average organic matter, total nitrogen and phosphorus were also improved at desired depths under both experiments and approximately same trend was observed at both cases.

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