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Title: Effect of broken impervious iron layer on water availability to semi-arid Northern Ghanaian ferric lixisols
Authors: Asamoah, Akwasi
Antwi-Boasiako, C.
Frimpong-Mensah, Kwasi
Somad, Somad
Keywords: Optimize
rain water
soil water
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: Octa Journal of Environmental Research
Citation: Octa Journal of Environmental Research Vol. 1(1):43-47
Abstract: Rainwater is not readily available to sandy loam Ghanaian ferric lixisols. In an attempt to increase water availability to Nyankpala ferric lixisols, their impervious iron pan was broken. Average yield (number of bags) of maize from ferric lexisol with ironpan broken was compared with that with iron pan unbroken. At an average annual rainfall of 64.125 to 106.775 mm for Nyampkala, ferric lexisol with or without iron pan broken yielded similar quantity (20-25bgs/ha) of maize. Breaking of ironpan alone cannot increase water availability to Nyankpala ferric lixisols. Measures other than the breaking of iron pan are needed to increase water availability to ferreiclesisols and similar soils. Research into sustainable technologies such as permanent amendments for increased soil water availability to ferric lixisol and similar soils is required
Description: Article published in the Octa Journal of Environmental Research, 2013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11286
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