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Machinery compaction effects on physical properties of Bernam series in an oil palm plantation


Yahya, Zuraidah and Hussin, Aminuddin and Talib, Jamal and Othman, Jamarei and Ahmed, Osumanu Haruna and Jalloh, Mohamadu Boyie (2009) Machinery compaction effects on physical properties of Bernam series in an oil palm plantation. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 6 (12). pp. 2006-2009. ISSN 1546-9239; ESSN: 1554-3641


Problem statement: Introduction of mechanisation in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) plantations could result in soil compaction and cause soil degradation. This could be a serious problem in the future due to increase in size, weight and transportation frequency of machines used. Objectives: This trial was carried out to evaluate the effect of different trailer weights and transportation frequencies on the soil physical properties of Bernam series soil. Approach: The treatments were a combination of three trailer weights and four transportation frequencies. At the end of 6 years of the experiment, soil samples were taken for soil physical properties characterisation at 0-10, 10-20 and 20-30 cm depths. Results: After six years of soil compaction treatments, the results showed that the mean soil bulk density increased and the porosity decreased annually. However, the mean soil bulk density was still less than 1.0 g cm-3. The mean soil bulk density decreased with increasing soil depth, but porosity and available water increased with soil depth. The 3 rounds per month transportation frequency for all trailer weights and 2 rounds per month for the 4 tonnes trailer weight significantly affected the soil physical properties. Conclusion: Generally, the results indicated that the 6 years of compaction treatments did not cause serious soil compaction that could alter the soil physical properties for this particular soil type.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2009.2006.2009
Publisher: Science Publications
Keywords: Soil compaction; Oil palm plantation; Soil physical properties; Machinery use
Depositing User: Norhazura Hamzah
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 02:10
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 05:18
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/15499
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