Geospatial approach to study the spatial distribution of major soil nutrients in the Northern region of Ghana
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Antwi, M., Duker, A.A., Fosu, M. & Abaidoo, R.C. (2016). Geospatial approach to study the spatial distribution of major soil nutrients in the Northern region of Ghana. Cogent Geoscience, 2(1), 1201906.
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Spatial distribution of soil nutrients is not normally considered for smallholder farms in Ghana resulting in blanket fertilizer application which leads to low efficiencies of some applied nutrients. This study focuses on applying geospatial analyses to map 120 maize farms in 16 districts of the Northern region of Ghana to identify nutrient distribution. Soil samples were taken from these 120 locations and analysed for contents of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Spatial models of the contents were generated through geostatistical analysis to map the status of N, P and K nutrients across the locations. Study results indicated that proportion of area deficient in N is 97%, P is 72% and K is 12%. Distribution pattern for N and K nutrients were clusters of low or high contents at specific locations; and that of P was random. Outcome of this study could enhance site-specific nutrient recommendation in Ghana.
Open Access Journal; Published online: 10 July 2016
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