Influence of some soil physical properties on infiltration rate and

  • I C Wakindiki
  • S M Kinyali
  • B E Mochoge
  • S S Tirop

Abstract

Infliltration rate (IR), hydraulic conductivity (HC) and bulk density (BD) were determined in a study to compare IR to HC and determine the influence of organic matter, soil texture and BD on IR and HC of salt-affected Solanchaks, Gleysols and Fluvisols in a coastal area of Kenya. The double-cylinder infiltrometer with a constant head was used to determine IR while to auger-hole method was used to determine HC. Bulk density was determined from indisturbed samples collected in core rings. Organic matter improved IR while high bulk density decreased this process in all the 3 soils. Increasing clay content decreased both IR and HC in the soils. Of the 3 soils, Solanchaks showed the slowest water movement.

Published
2008-09-08
How to Cite
Wakindiki, I., Kinyali, S., Mochoge, B., & Tirop, S. (2008). Influence of some soil physical properties on infiltration rate and. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 67(1&2), 7. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/77