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Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 86 - 89

The Effect of Physical Soil Properties on the Prospects of Castor Seed Production

S.M. Oyeyemi, S.O. Okeniyi and I.O. Olaniyan    

Abstract: Castor plant, formerly known only for its laxative properties, is becoming popular in the modern world due to the commercial value of industrial vegetable oil it contains. Therefore, there is the need to improve the yield of its seeds through optimal selection of soil needed for its planting. This study presents the effect of physical soil properties such as bulk density, PH, soil texture, electrical conductivity and porosity on the early growth stages of castor plant and the prospect of the castor seed farming in the development of small-scale industries.

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