ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | Jan. 30, 2020
Analysis of Selected Physicochemical Parameters of Soil Used for Cultivation of Enset (Ensete Ventricosum) in West Showa Zone
Teressa Bedada, Alemayehu Abebaw
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The aim of this study was to investigate the some selected physicochemical parameters in soil samples. The soil characterization was carried out for parameters like moisture content, pH, electrical conductivity, organic carbon and organic matter, cation exchange capacity and exchangeable base (K, Na, Ca and Mg). The results obtained revealed that the physicochemical parameters in the soil samples were in the range of:10.50-11.25% for moisture content, 6.45-6.66 for pH, 0.63-0.89 dS/m for electrical conductivity, 4.27-8.03% for organic carbon, 7.34-13.86 % for organic matter, 33.54-48.45 cmol/kg for cation exchange capacity, exchangeable base (0.77-0.86 cmol/kg for Na, 2.63-3.01cmol/kg for K, 10.25-10.89 cmol/kg for Ca and 0.52-1.40 cmol/kg for Mg). pH was found to slightly acidic and good for maximum availability of the primary nutrients required for plant growth. The values of electrical conductivity indicated that all samples of the soil are good in soil. Statistical test of significance using ANOVA revealed that there were significant differences (P>0.05) between the values of physicochemical parameters in the soil samples obtained from three sampling sites except exchangeable base. Correlation analysis was also employed to examine the relationship between the various parameters in the soil samples.