Soil management for crop production in the West African Sahel. I. Soil and climate parameters

Hoogmoed, W B and Klaij, M C (1990) Soil management for crop production in the West African Sahel. I. Soil and climate parameters. Soil & Tillage Research, 16 (1-2). pp. 85-103. ISSN 0167-1987

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To obtain a basis for the proper development of improved soil management methods in the West African Sahel, soil and rainfall characteristics of a millet growing area close to Niamey, Niger were determined. In laboratory tests, the coarse sandy soil of the area shows a mechanical behaviour which is extremely dependent on the moisture content at the time of soil handling. Therefore, the workability range is very narrow. Rainfall in this region is aggressive; even small storms may fall with high intensities. In the region studied, the number of days available for planting millet is extremely small, on average around 11 for the season. Therefore, time-efficient soil preparation and planting methods are required

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Subjects: Others > Soil Science
Others > Climate Change
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2011 07:44
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Acknowledgement: The rainfall charts for Niger were made available by the Meteorological Services of the Republique du Niger; the charts for patancheru, India were supplied by the Resource Management program of ICRISAT, India. Mr A. Boers of the Tillage Laboratory, Wageningen, took care of most of the laboratory analysis reported.
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