Impacts of the continuous maize cultivation on soil properties in Sainyabuli province, Laos

Kazuhiko Fujisao, Phanthasin Khanthavong, Saythong Oudthachit, Naruo Matsumoto, Koki Homma, Hidetoshi Asai, Tatsuhiko Shiraiwa

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    In tropical mountainous areas, soil degradation and yield decrease have been anticipated due to conversion from shifting to continuous cultivation and the introduction of cash crops. In our previous report, we quantified the decrease in maize yield under continuous cultivation in farmers’ fields in Laos. In this report, we focused on soil nutritional conditions under continuous cultivation in the farmers’ fields. For the purpose, twelve soil properties were investigated over two years from three sample sites in each of the 40 farmers’ fields with the duration of continuous cultivation varying from 1 to 30 years. Total carbon (TC), total nitrogen (TN), available phosphorus, exchangeable potassium, and exchangeable calcium in the soil decreased with increasing duration of continuous cultivation in the sloped fields. These soil nutrients decreased to around half of the initial content in these 30 years. However, the decreasing rates of TC and TN were negligible in the flat fields. Other soil properties such as clay and exchangeable magnesium were not related to the duration of continuous cultivation in both sloped and flat fields. The reduction in maize yield was mainly explained by TC, but the determination coefficient was only 0.24. Although further analysis is required to quantify the effect of soil nutrients on maize production, the development of integrated soil management would be necessary in the sloped fields for sustainable crop production in the study site.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number11231
    JournalScientific reports
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 1

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