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Long Term Effects of Poultry Litter on Soil Physical and Chemical Properties in Cotton PlotsPoultry litter and compost can alter the moisture holding capacity of a soil. These organic materials can also increase the nutrient status of a soil during the decomposition process by microbial actions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of poultry litter and compost on the dielectric constant and moisture holding capacity of soil. The Delta-T theta-probe was used to measure volumetric soil water content and the apparent dielectric constant of the upper 6-cm of the soil profile. Soil texture, pH, and organic matter were also determined for each plot. Results of these analyses indicated that the pH of the soil ranged from 6.4 to 7.7 and the volumetric soil moisture content ranged from 0.06 to 0.18 cu m/cu m for the upper 6-cm of the soil profile. The effect of poultry litter and compost on soil properties resulted in an increase in the volumetric moisture content and dielectric constant of the soil due to the improvement of the soil structure.
Document ID
20000032329
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Surrency, J. (Alabama A & M Univ. Normal, AL United States)
Tsegaye, T. (Alabama A & M Univ. Normal, AL United States)
Coleman, T. (Alabama A & M Univ. Normal, AL United States)
Fahsi, A. (Alabama A & M Univ. Normal, AL United States)
Reddy, C. (Alabama A & M Univ. Normal, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
February 22, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: NASA University Research Centers Technical Advances in Aeronautics, Space Sciences and Technology, Earth Systems Sciences, Global Hydrology, and Education
Volume: 2 and 3
Subject Category
Environment Pollution
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCC8-140
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCCW-84
Distribution Limits
Public
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