Academic Journals Database
Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Effect of Tillage Practices and Compaction on Infiltration Rate of Sandy Soils

ADD TO MY LIST
 
Author(s): Abdullah A. Al-Ghazal

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1028-8880

Volume: 3;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 1443;
Date: 2000;
VIEW PDF   PDF DOWNLOAD PDF   Download PDF Original page

Keywords: Agricultural implements | tractor | compaction | tillage practices | infiltration rate | rotavator | moldboard plow | chisel plow | al hassa

ABSTRACT
A filed study was conducted to determine the effect of tillage practices and compaction on infiltration rate of a sandy soil. Mean cumulative infiltration ranged from 3.18-6.15 cm hr-1 for rotavator, 3.75-7.85 cm hr-1 for moldboard plow and 6.02-13.62 cm hr-1 for chisel plow under different compaction treatments. Whereas, mean infiltration rate of soil was 6.53 cm hr-1 for rotavator, 7.59 cm hr-1 for moldboard plow and 12.36 cm hr-1 for chisel plow. Among the various compaction treatments, three-pass treatment caused 12.5, 22.9 and 50.3 % reduction in infiltration rate of soils under rotavator, moldboard and chisel plow, respectively. However, the reduction in infiltration rate of soil under high compaction treatment (five-passes) was 35, 45 and 58% under rotavator, moldboard and chisel plow, respectively. The difference in infiltration rate of soil was significant among one-pass, three-pass and five-pass treatments than the control treatment (zero-pass). This study has highlighted an excellent potential for water conservation in sandy soils if simple conventional agricultural implements such as tractor, planters etc. alongwith different tillage practices are used for soil compaction. Effect of Tillage Practices and Compaction on Infiltration Rate of Sandy Soils
Why do you need a reservation system?      Save time & money - Smart Internet Solutions