Soil Suitability Evaluation for Maize Crop Production in Terengganu Region of Malaysia

Authors(4) :-Adzemi Mat Arshad, M. I. Usman, Yahaya Haruna Rawayau, T. L. Dalorima

BRIS soils are regarded as marginal soils because the soils are too sandy (82-99 %), weakly structured, soil nutrient deficiency, having low water holding and retention capacity, limited ability to support plant growth and having a relatively high soil temperature. The research sites consist of three selected locations in the east coast area of Terengganu, Malaysia and lies at the elevations in a range between 0-5m above sea level. This study, land evaluation (FAO, 1976) was conducted using secondary data previously published by Roslan et al (2010). Almost all profiles shows no clear differentiation of horizons and are dominated by sand fractions (95-98 %), silt and clay contends are below 4%. According to soil taxonomy, Baging series is classified as sandy, siliceous, isohyperthermic, typic, quartzipsamments, RhuTapai is named as sandy, siliceous, isohyperthermic, arenic, alorthods, Rudua is identical with sandy, siliceous, isohyperthermic, arenic, alorthods and Jambu belongs to sandy, siliceous, isohyperthermic, arenic, alorthods. The results of land suitability evaluation using land characteristics for maize with actual class suitability of Baging (N1;w,f) suitable for growth and Rhu Tapai(S3;f), Rudua (S3;w,f) and Jambu (S3;f) marginally suitable class. When the potential classes of these soil improved with soil ameliorants, the following potential classes were achieved; Baging (S3;f), indicates that this soil (Rhu Tapai: S3;f) cannot be easily improve due to the fertility and soil physical characteristic surrounding it as well as Rudua (S3;f) and Jambu is (S3;f).

Authors and Affiliations

Adzemi Mat Arshad
Soil Science Laboratory, School of Science and Food Technology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
M. I. Usman
Department of Agricultural Technology, University Sultan Zanal Abidin
Yahaya Haruna Rawayau
Department of Agric Engineering and Agric Tech. Ramat polytechnic Maiduguri, Borno State
T. L. Dalorima
Agric. Education Department, Federal College of Education Katsina

BRIS Soil, Soil Suitability, Suitability Of Maize Crop, Spodic Zone.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 8 | November-December 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-12-31
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 151-158
Manuscript Number : IJSRSET173821
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099

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Adzemi Mat Arshad, M. I. Usman, Yahaya Haruna Rawayau,T. L. Dalorima, " Soil Suitability Evaluation for Maize Crop Production in Terengganu Region of Malaysia, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp.151-158, November-December-2017.
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