Effects of Management Practices on Soil Nutrient Levels in Sabke Catchment Area, Nigeria


S.A Mashi(1*), A. Yaro(2)

(1) Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Abuja, PMB 117, Abuja, Nigeria
(2) Department of Geography, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University of Abuja, PMB 2218, Katsina, Nigeria
(*) Corresponding Author


In Nigeria’s drylands, profitable crop production requires adequate soil fertility management. This study examines the effects of farmer-managed practices on soil fertility in Sabke catchment of the drylands. Seven sites under permanent cropland, fallow land, grassland, shrubland, orchard land, intercropping land and woodland distributed on four transects were selected across the catchment. At every site, five replicate soil samples were collected from 0-15cm (topsoil) and 20-30cm (subsoil) and analysed for C, N, P, Ca, Mg, K and Na. Higher topsoil values of most of the properties were observed under cropland and intercropping sites. The two cultivated plots receive annual applications of organic manure in addition to chemical fertilizer and crops residue retention while the other plots are not. Thus, improvement in soil organic matter and nutrients would be expected in soils of the area with high rate of application of manure and chemical fertilizer, and retention of crop residues


Soil organic matter;Nutrients;Land;Management practices;Topsoil;Subsoil;Sabke Catchment

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22146/ijg.9263

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