Science Journal of Agricultural Research and Management
December 2013, Volume 2013, ISSN: 2276-8572
© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Effects of Pig Dung and Poultry Manure with Plant Residue In the Production of Some Leafy Vegetables
*M.O. Adigun and **O.A. Babalola
*Department of Crop Production, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
**Department of Soil Science and Land Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Nigeria
Accepted 16 September, 2013; Available Online December 12, 2013.
A field experiment was conducted at the organic farm unit where two types of compost heaps were made, one of pig dung (CPD) while other of poultry manure (CPM) which were to be used as soil amendment on soil sown to two leafy vegetables with noamendment treatment (NOA). A plot unit size of 2m by 2m were cultivated on three treatment levels replicated thrice to make the total plot number of 18 plots unit. These composts types were applied two weeks before planting by dibbling and their effect on growth parameter were recorded at 2WAP, 3WAP, 4WAP and 5WAP with their microbial biomass/ population respectively. At the end of the experiment it was observed that the use of composted pig dung (CPD) on Amaranthus is better among the treatments based on the performance on parameters considered, though the use of composted poultry manure (CPM) was also good when compared with no-amended treatment (NOA).
Keyword:pig dung, poultry manure, plant residue, leafy vegetables, microbial biomass