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Land Suitability Criteria for Intensively Managed Cavendish Banana Crop in Way Kambas East Lampung, Indonesia

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Author(s): Ansyori | Sudarsono | Roedhy Poerwanto | Darmawan

Journal: Jurnal Tanah Tropika
ISSN 0852-257X

Volume: 15;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 159;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Cavendish banana | land suitability criteria | land utilization type

ABSTRACT
Banana as one of the pre-eminent products ofhorticultural crop has a very important role in the growth of agricultural sector. The research aimed to study the landcharacteristics which influence the Cavendish banana crop yield and proposing the land suitability classificationcriteria for the land utilization type of Cavendish banana crop with intensive management which has been testedbased on the production rate in the field. For this purpose, there were 36 observation land units specifically designedby considering factors such as soil subgroups, slopes, land utilization types, and land productivity levels. At eachobservation land unit, the land utilization types and land characteristics were indentified. The relation between landcharacteristics and production was tested with correlation and regression analysis. The results of some statistical testswere contrasted and then selected as the basis to develop the land suitability classification criteria for Cavendishbanana crop which was intensively managed. The research findings indicated that the banana crop yield levels weresignificantly influenced and determined by the land characteristics of soil bulk density, cation exchange capacity, soilpermeability, total porosity, exchangeable sodium percentage, soil textural class, and soil erodibility.
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