Biological Sciences, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Apr  2018, Pages 38-44; DOI: 10.31058/j.bs.2018.22005 10.31058/j.bs.2018.22005

Effect of Sawdust and Straw Material Compost on Yield of Okra and Physicochemical Properties of Igbariam Soil

Biological Sciences, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Apr  2018, Pages 38-44.

DOI: 10.31058/j.bs.2018.22005

Nweke, Ikechukwu Aloysius 1* , Ijearu, Stephen Ibeabunjo 2

1 Department of Soil Science, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, Anambra, Nigeria

2 Department of Agricultural Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Uwana Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Received: 25 December 2017; Accepted: 10 May 2018; Published: 9 August 2018

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Abstract

The effect of saw dust and straw material compost on the physicochemical properties of Igbariam soil and yield of okra were studied in a field trial at Teaching and research Farm of the Faculty of Agriculture, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State. The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with four treatments; CO, SDSMC, SMC and SDC replicated four times. Data collected from the study were subjected to an analysis of variance test based on randomized complete block design and treatment means were separated using least significant difference (LSD) at 5 % alpha level. The findings from the study showed that okra responded positively to saw dust and straw materials compost in all parameters tested. The compost also recorded different effects in all the parameters measured in the study. The highest number of pods (3.0) and weight of pods (2.28gkg-1) was recorded in SDC and SMC respectively. The composts enriched the soil as was evidence in physicochemical properties results. Among the composts the SDC compost was found to be comparatively richer and better in nutrient contents released to the soil. Therefore it is recommended that for maximum yield of crops in the study area saw dust or straw materials compost could be used as soil amendment for soil fertility improvement, since it influenced the growth and yield of okra. The materials are cheaper and available in large quantity in the study area.

Keywords

Compost, Okra, Growth Parameters, Soil Properties, Saw Dust, Straw Material

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