Effect of cultivation on the physical and chemical properties of two podzolic soils from Quebec, Canada

Kimpe, C.R. de; Laverdiere, M.R.

Pedologie 38(1): 15-33


ISSN/ISBN: 0079-0419
Accession: 001571713

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Soil substrates were prepared by mixing, in different ratios, the LFH, Ae, Bhf, Bf horizons of two podzolic soils from Quebec, Canada. The mixtures, which were sown to barley, were analyzed before and after cultivation to assess the changes in their chemical and physical properties. Cultivation resulted in an increase of dry bulk density, a decrease in organic matter content, an increase of cation exchange capacity, a breakdown of organometallic complexes of Fe and Al and, generally, an increase in the available water content.