Manure from cattle as fertilizer for soil fertility and growth characteristics of Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and Smuts Finger grass (Digitaria eriantha)

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dc.contributor.author Mosebi, P.E. (Poloko Emmanuel)
dc.contributor.author Truter, Wayne Frederick
dc.contributor.author Madakadze, I.C. (Ignacio Casper)
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-01T07:23:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-01T07:23:30Z
dc.date.issued 2015-10
dc.description.abstract Applying cattle manure to soil in optimum rates can enhance soil fertility and plant growth. The objectives of this study were to investigate the influence of different rates of cattle manure application on soil fertility and the growth and productivity of Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinaceae) and Smuts Finger grass (Digitaria eriantha), two popular pasture species in South Africa. These field trials were established on a uniform sandy clay loam (Hutton) soil on the Hatfield Experimental Farm, of the University of Pretoria in Pretoria. There were five treatments comprising five rates of cattle manure incorporation (0, 20, 40, 80 and 120 tonnes/ha). During the growing season, Tall Fescue plants from cattle manure-amended plots were significantly taller in the 80 tonnes/ha treatment, while Smuts Finger grass reached the maximum height in the 40 tonnes/ha treatment. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Coaltech 2020 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Mosebi, PE, Truter, WF & Madakadze, IC 2015, 'Manure from cattle as fertilizer for soil fertility and growth characteristics of Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and Smuts Finger grass (Digitaria eriantha)', Livestock Research for Rural Development, vol. 27, no. 10. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0121-3784
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/51618
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher CIPAV en_ZA
dc.rights CIPAV. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). en_ZA
dc.subject Cattle manure en_ZA
dc.subject Dry matter yields en_ZA
dc.subject Plant height en_ZA
dc.subject Root biomass en_ZA
dc.subject Soil nutrient concentrations en_ZA
dc.title Manure from cattle as fertilizer for soil fertility and growth characteristics of Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and Smuts Finger grass (Digitaria eriantha) en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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