Effects of filter-press mud on soil physical conditions in a sandy soil


  • C.L. Paul Bookers Sugar Estates Ltd, Georgetown, Guyana


Preliminary results are described which indicate that filter-press mud is valuable for improving the physical conditions of Novar loamy sand leading to better root growth of sugar-cane. As a result of filter press treatment the pore size distribution of the soil was changed which resulted in a significant increase in the ability of the soil to conduct and store water and to supply it to the growing plant. The treatments also reduced the dangerous effects of compacting forces. These encouraging results have led to further work aimed at evaluating the effects of filter-press mud not only on soil conditions but also on sugar yields and the economics involved.



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