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Agronomy 2014, 4(4), 452-461; doi:10.3390/agronomy4040452

Mapping the Spatial Variability of Soil Acidity in Zambia

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Department of Soil Science, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Zambia, P.O. Box 32379, 10101 Lusaka, Zambia
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Department of Geomatic Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Zambia, P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka, National Remote Sensing Center, 10101 Lusaka, Zambia
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Received: 17 June 2014 / Revised: 25 September 2014 / Accepted: 28 September 2014 / Published: 14 October 2014
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Abstract

A common strategy for ameliorating soil acidity is the application of agricultural lime. However, this measure is hampered by the lack of high resolution soil maps that can enable lime application according to the spatial variability of soil pH in an area. Therefore, this study was carried out to map soil acidity in South Eastern Zambia. The objective of the study was to apply geostatistical procedures to mapping soil acidity in the country. Ordinary kriging was performed on a set of 119 soil samples collected from the 0–20 cm soil layer whose pH was determined by the electrometric method. The kriging model that was developed was found to be satisfactory with low prediction errors (root mean square error 0.36). Thus, the map produced could be used to draw up strategies for management of soil acidity in the area. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil acidity; ordinary kriging; model assessment soil acidity; ordinary kriging; model assessment
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Chabala, L.M.; Mulolwa, A.; Lungu, O. Mapping the Spatial Variability of Soil Acidity in Zambia. Agronomy 2014, 4, 452-461.

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