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Characteristics and suitability of some arid soils in Southeastern Iran for wheat cultivation


Moghimi, Abolhassan and Jol, Hamdan (2014) Characteristics and suitability of some arid soils in Southeastern Iran for wheat cultivation. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 9 (9). art. no. 2296E5A44797. pp. 859-865. ISSN 1991-637X


A study was conducted to characterize the calcareous soils of the Askara plain in Southeastern Iran and evaluate their potential for wheat production. Sixteen soil profiles within the colluvial fan in different physiographic units were studied. Four phases of soils were identified namely the Ashkara, Dareabad, Khalandi, and Sheikhabad soils. All soils were classified as Entisols, namely Aridic Ustortents and Aridic Ustifluvents. The Ashkara soils were marginally suitable while the Dareabad and Khalandi soils were moderatelly suitable for wheat growing. The Sheikhabad soil units, however, were evaluated as S1, S2, S3 and N1 classes. The results suggested that most important limiting are high CaCO3, pH, texture and salinity as the major constraints to wheat productivity for soils of the Ashkara plain. There are about 60% of the plain that are suitable for wheat growing and only 1.15% that is not suitable due to poor moisture availability. The rest 38.85% of the plains are marginal soils.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2013.7100
Publisher: Academic Journals
Keywords: Calcareous soils; Wheat cultivation; Land suitability evaluation
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 30 May 2015 12:51
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 07:59
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