Academic Research Journal of
Agricultural Science and Research
Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research
Vol. 4(3), pp. 93-104. March, 2016.
Full Length Research
A review on impact of compost on soil properties, water use and crop productivity
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; Werer Research Center P.O Box 2003, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mobile: +251 911 39 11 24 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted 25 April 2016
summarizes the literature and the current knowledge on the effect of
compost fertilization on the soil plant system. Most of investigators
confirmed that compost application could improve the physical, chemical
and biological characteristics, soil organic matter, and nutrient status
of the soils. All long-term compost application trials result in
increased SOM concentrations. However, mature composts increase SOM much
better than fresh and immature composts due to their higher level of
stable carbon. In addition, due to its multiple positive effects on the
physical, chemical and biological soil properties, compost contributes
to the stabilization and increase of crop productivity and crop quality.
Consequently, most investigators proved that compost has an equalizing
effect of annual/seasonal fluctuations regarding water, air and heat
balance of soils, the availability of plant nutrients and thus the final
crop yields. Predominantly because of the slow release of nutrients and
its availability in compost-combined fertilization schemes often show
good results. Thus, for sustainable agricultural systems within
small-scale farming in developing countries like Ethiopia, composting
can be a good option for developing effective plant-nutrient management
strategies in many situations.
How to cite this article: Adugna G (2016). A review on impact of compost on soil properties, water use and crop productivity. Acad. Res. J. Agri. Sci. Res. 4(3): 93-104.