Group Title: TropSoils field research brief ;, 24
Title: Effects of post clearing methods on soil properties and crop production
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Title: Effects of post clearing methods on soil properties and crop production
Series Title: TropSoils field research brief ;, 24
Physical Description: 2, 1 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Agus, Fahmuddin.
Wade, M. K. (Michael Karl)
Prawirasumantri, Jusuf.
Lembaga Penelitian Tanah.
Soil Management Collaborative Research Support Program.
Publisher: Soil Management Collaborative Research Support Program, North Carolina State University,
Publication Date: 1986
Subject: Soil management -- Indonesia.
Burning of land -- Indonesia.
Liming of soils -- Indonesia.
Crop yields -- Indonesia.
Spatial Coverage: Indonesia.
General Note: Caption title.
General Note: "February, 1986."
General Note: At head of title: TropSoils-Indonesia, Centre for Soil Research.
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Centre for Soil Research
Field Research Brief No. 24.
February, 1986

Title: Effects of post clearing methods on soil properties and
crop production.

Experiment #: 1107

Researchers: Fahmuddin Agus, M.K. Wade, and Jusf

Objectives: To study the effects of burning, tilling and liming
on the chemical and physical soil properties and
crop yield of a newly cleared Ultiscl.

Soil: Clayey, kaolinitic, isohyperthermic orthotic tropudult.
(FCC: Ceak) The site was manually cleared in August, 1984
from selectively harvested primary forest.

Experimental Design: Strip factorial plot arrangement with 3
replications. Plot size is 6 X 8m. Strip plots are
burning methods: no burn (BO), IX (flash) burn (Bl)
and 2X (repile and complete burn of rzeaining
logs)(B2). Sub plots are 2 X 2 factorial of no-till
(TO) and tillage (Tl) and no lime (LO) and limed at
1.5 X exchangeable Al (Ll).(4./t /

Crop History: Rice variety GH 330 was planted in September,
1985. This is the third crop after soybeans and
peanuts in this trial. Base fertilization in Kg/ha
was 120 urea (triple split application), 200 TSP, 100
KC1 and 80 kieserite. Lime was applied at the rate of
1 t/ha as maintenance on the limed plots, in addition
to the 3 t/ha initial application at :he beginning of
the trial. Curaterr (carbofuran) was applied at
planting, Sevin and Diazinon were applied alternately
at intervals during the season. However spraying
apparently was not frequent enough after flowering,
due to high rainfall at that time. A severe incidence
of stem borer occurred and grain yields were deva-
stated. Harvest was done on January 14, 1986 with
plant dry weight (biomass) used as a measure of crop

Results: Tilling significantly increased plant height at 60 days
after planting. No other treatment or interactions were
significant at that stage. Tilling also consistently gave higher
plant dry weight yield than no till (Figure 1), and it positive
interacted with burning. Under no till, burning had no effect on
biomass production, but with tillage no ( lx ( 2x burn. Liming
did not effect plant weight.

Results of soil chemical analysis available to date (samples
taken on the day of harvest) include pH, Al, organic C, total N
and available P and K. Burning has increased pH, K and P, and
lowered Al (Table 1). It has not consistently affected C or N.
However there is a burn by tillage interaction, as shown in Table
2. Burning under no till had no effect on %C in the soil, but
with tillage it has decreased. This indicates that tillage is
helping to "burn" the organic material, presumably by enhancing
microbial decomposition.

Table 3 show the exchangeable Al levels as affected by the
three factors. Burning had no effect on Al under the no til, no
lime treatment (all high), nor under tillage, + lime (all low).
However the effect is pronounced under no till, lime or tillage,
no lime. Burning has been effective in reducing Al under
marginal management, but not at the extremes.
These chemical parameters do not readily explain the
positive crop response to burning under tillage (Figure 1).
Physical parameters measured previously are not indicative of the
response either. Therefore we have yet to identify why tillage
and burning are beneficial to crop growth.

Table 1. Effect of post clearing burning on various soil
chemical properties. (18 months after burning)





Organic Total

1.89 0.12

1.70 0.11

1.79 0.12

Exchangeable Available
pH Al K P
meq/l00g -K, i a

4.6 1.5 4o7 2.6

4.8 1.4 .z100 '* 3.0

4.9 1.3 .3 14D .oft 3.4

Table 2. Effect of tillage and
after burning).

burning on organic C (18 months
C -0Tcc.

Tillage No' burn lx burn 2x burn
--- - C - -

No tillage 1.91 1.84 1.91

Tillage 1.86 1.58 1.68

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*<- "i-

Table 3. Effect of burning, tillage,
Al (18 months after initial

no tillage
no lime + lime
------ meq/lO0g


and liming on exchangeable / I
treatment 4f e

no lime + lime
soil -----



FigAre 1.

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-;i/A-e o0'1 Rice 8o"asS Yre/d

Burn Trt.




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