Original Articles

Effect of the amount of surface maize residue on infiltration and soil loss from a clay loam soil

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 1, issue 3, 1984 , pages: 97–98
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.1984.10634119
Author(s): P.M. Lang, Republic of South Africa, J.B. Mallett, Republic of South Africa

Abstract

Six levels of maize stover, expressed as percentage ground cover (0–75%) were compared under a rainfall simulator to assess the effect of surface residues on infiltration and soil loss on a clay loam soil with a 3,5% slope. Increasing the percentage ground cover resulted in increased infiltration and was even more effective in controlling soil loss. Under the experimental conditions a minimum residue ground cover of 30% was required to keep runoff and soil loss within acceptable limits.

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