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Effect Of Guinea Grass Compost on Soil Properties, Growth And Yield of Maize

Effect Of Guinea Grass Compost on Soil Properties, Growth And Yield of Maize

Nweke I.A.

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The study investigated the effect of guinea grass compost on soil properties and yield of maize. The treatments consisted of Grass Compost (GC), Poultry grass compost (PGC), Pig grass Compost (GPC), Poultry pig grass compost (PGPC) and Control (CO) with four replications and were laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD). Data generated were subjected to the analysis of variance and significant differences among treatment means were tested using least significant difference (LSD) at 0.5 probability level. The results of the study showed that guinea grass compost significantly (P=0.05) increased soil parameters studied, enhanced growth and yield of maize. PGPC recorded the highest value in all the parameters assessed in the trial, its available P value was 93.6% relative to the control value and highest grain yield of 2.10kgha-1 was recorded in PGPC. The values of total N, organic C and cation exchange capacity (CEC) were all increased relative to control plots. The findings of the study suggest that guinea grass compost is capable of improving the fertility status of soil, enhance the growth and yield of maize and therefore advised to use in place of chemical fertilizer for organically produced food is needed now for the life of soil and man.

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