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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
ISSN 2350-1561
Vol.6 (1), pp. 1-6, January 2018
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Article 17/ID/JPR194/06/ pages
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Original Research Article

Soil cation exchange capacity and sugarcane yield as influenced by filter cake and mineral fertilizer in Borotou, Northwestern Côte d’Ivoire

Yao*2 Kouakou, Gala1 Bi Trazié Jérémie, Messoum3 Franci Gustave and Yao-Kouamé1 Albert

1Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Mineral Resources (STRM), University Félix Houphouët-Boigny Abidjan-Cocody, 22 BP 582 Abidjan 22, Cote d’Ivoire.
2Zuénoula Integrated Farm Unit, BP 291, Côte d’Ivoire.
3Research Programs BP V151 Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

*Corresponding Author Email : yao.kouakou(at)

Tel. : +22507722178

date Received: December 18, 2017     date Accepted: February 15, 2018     date Published: January 31, 2018


Filter cake is a by-product commonly used as organic fertilizer in sugarcane on plant crop for the whole plantation cycle. The study was carried out over three cropping seasons (2014-2016) on Borotou sugarcane plantations in northwestern Côte d’Ivoire, following a split-plot design involving 9 treatments and 4 replicates. Filter cake, as main factor involved 3 application rates (0 t/ha, 15 t/ha and 30 t/ha), whereas NPK mineral fertilizer stood as sub-factor with 3 application rates (0 kg/ha, 350, kg/ha and 700 kg/ha). The objective of experiment was to determine the effect of filter cake and mineral NPK fertilizer on soil cation exchange capacity and sugarcane yields. It came out that soil CEC, sum of bases (S) and base saturation ratio (V) were significantly improved with increasing rates of filter cake. Although cane and sugar yields obtained increased slightly with fertilizer rates, differences observed on each yield variable were not significant.

Key words: Amendment, organic fertilizer, soil fertility, nutrient.

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