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Characterization and Classification of Selected Soils in the Meander Belt Deposits of Ekeremor, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

John Olajide Olaniyan1, Abdulmaliq Yussuf2, Ajala Oluwasegun Nathaniel1, Affinnih Kehinde Olayemi1, Perede Korakonghan1

The understanding of soil characteristics and property can only be achieved by studying soil classification and evaluation so that prediction can be made about their behavior for one or more uses and provide information regarding the use of the right soils for the right purposes. This study aimed to characterize and classify selected soils in the Meander Belt Deposits (MBD) of Ekeremor, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The objectives of this study were to characterize selected potentially productive MBD in Ekeremor for agricultural development and classify the soils that are formed on the major geological formations in the area. Twenty-three soil samples from selected MBD in Ekeremor Local Government Area (L.G.A) of Bayelsa State, Nigeria were characterized and classified according to USDA soil taxonomy and FAO/UNESCO. The result showed that these soils have strong acidic reactions, irregular organic matter content, high available P, moderate ECEC, and high base saturation. Soil texture was irregular, sandy in the levees and clay in poorly drained soils. Based on the findings, the soil is prone to waterlogging. The results of study will aid to facilitate the agro-technology and knowledge transfer to other countries which serve as a good guide to agricultural and land use management to Ekeremor soils.

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