Tag: soil

Sindh Province’s Soil Fertility Atlas Study Report launched by the US

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Dr. Yusuf Zafar, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council has graced the inauguration of “Sindh Province’s Soil Fertility Atlas Study Report” accompanied by Grace Shelton who is the US Consul. This joint venture is the part of a collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of National Food Security and […]…Read More

Pakistani Soil Scientist brings Laurels to the Country

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article image A distinguished soil scientist of Pakistan, Dr. Abdul Rashid, has brought laurels to the country by receiving the prestigious J. Benton Jones Award at 15th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis held in Nanjing, China on 14­-18 May, 2017.  This Award is conferred biennially by the Soil and Plant Analysis Council of USA to […]…Read More

Impact of mulching on soil health and plant growth

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article image THE ENGLISH word mulch has been used since the 17th century, is probably derived from the German vernacular "Molsch" meaning soft or beginning to decay. Mulch is a material applied to the soil surface to prevent loss of water by evaporation, to suppress weeds, to reduce temperature fluctuations or to promote productivity. It is one of the important agronomic practices for conserving soil moisture and modifying the soil health. Nature produces large quantities of mulch all the time…Read More

Biochar and soil health relations and benefits

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article image Soil is a major part of life of human being which supports a man from its birth to death. Its creation is not just within days or months or years, it needs centuries. It`s maintenance is essential for every generation with the climate simultaneously. It is basically itself a whole world. It has nutrients, elements, organic matter, a lot of species of organisms and indirectly a symbol of life. A wide range of biodiversity survives in it. Human extract a…Read More

Sulphur status in soil and its prominence in plants

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article image Sulphur (S) is crucial nutrient element for plants growth and development. The protein forming sulphur nutrient, is 9th in the row of 17 essential nutrients. Sulphur is an imperative nutrient for best plant growth: it is one of the fundamental macro elements essential for better plant growth. Sulphur is a component of methionine and cysteine in plants. Quality and yield of oil seed crop can affected due to inadequate supply of sulphur nutrient. It is also…Read More

Protect Soil to "Protect Agriculture"

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article image A plant is standing with full courage and phenotypically looks healthy, the reason behind this is what, that is soil, which support the plants. It stands so strongly that a strong flood will lose its velocity of speed just because of those plants that are supported by soil. The unconsolidated material or upper layer of earth where nutrients are present known as soil. Soil provides physical support to the plants. It is complex mixture of minerals such as water (25%), air (25%),…Read More

Soil deserves love and care

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article image Adam and Eve were living peacefully when Satan whispered and they were thrown out of the heaven. Human were living peacefully enjoying serenity and beauty of nature Satan again whispered "industrialization" and destroyed the peace of planet earth. Then the giant started, this planet had become a kingdom of industry. Factories propagated on the land like weeds. Trees vanished, fields were barren, rivers blackened. The sky clogged on ash and smoke, and the people too are…Read More

Biochar as a soil improver

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article image Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal because it is rich in charcoal product, porous in nature and is in fine grained form. It is used to enhance the agricultural yield.Biochar is a fractious organic carbon compound and it is stabilized. Through the thermal decomposition of organic material, Biochar is made. Pyrolysis is the process by which biomass is treated under absence or low amount of oxygen between 300 and 1000 °C, after heating the carbon the product that is left behind is…Read More

Biochar: A vital soil amendment for degraded land

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article image LAND DEGRADATION is an emerging issue in several countries especially in Pakistan as a consequence of climatic variabilities. Land degradation is impoverishment of the land by human activities and by natural causes. The loss of arable land has been caused by a number of factors, many or most of which are tied to human development in last 2 decades. It has been grouped into five classes: water erosion, wind erosion, soil fertility decline, salinization and water logging. Water and wind…Read More

Crops Rotation – a tool for maintaining soil fertility

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It is observed that during the last decade there is decline in yield in mono-cropping system where same crops are grown on same land in repeated cycles. Mono-cropping system causes weeds and diseases problem in crops because every year or every season, same crops left behind the weed seeds as well as disease causing organism in same land. Mono-cropping system exhausted the nutrients from soil which are essential for plants/crops growth. There is a well-known strategy against mono-cropping…Read More