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This study investigates the effects of using livestock manure (LM), livestock manure ash (LMA) and the combination of LM with LMA (LM + LMA) on the soil moisture content and water infiltration rate of clay, clay loam and sandy loam soils.

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LM, LMA and their combinations can be considered reliable amendments to improve soil physical properties for sustainable agriculture. In this study, the effects of these amendments and their amounts in improving the soil moisture content and water infiltration rate of clay, clay loam and sandy loam soils were investigated. Promising results on soil moisture content and water infiltration rate were obtained using 15 t ha‾¹ of LMA as well as 15 + 15 t ha‾¹ of LM + LMA in most soil types. The results showed that higher amounts of the amendments not only improve soil properties but can undesirably affect soil quality. It is suggested to work on economic aspects of using the amendments investigated in this study in the future so that farmers can make reliable decisions to improve the quality of the agricultural soil and decrease production costs.

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This page is a summary of: Effects of ash derived from livestock manure and two other treatments on soil moisture content and water infiltration rate, Irrigation and Drainage, March 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/ird.2713.
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