Revista Brasileira de Engenharia Agrícola e Ambiental
versão On-line ISSN 1807-1929
MELLO, Gláucia de; BUENO, Célia R. P. e PEREIRA, Gener T.. Spatial variability of physical and chemical properties of soil in intensively cultivated areas. Rev. bras. eng. agríc. ambient. [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.2, pp. 294-305. ISSN 1807-1929. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-43662006000200008.
The spatial variability of physical and chemical properties of soil were evaluated to provide subsidies for management of the agricultural input. The chemical variables: P, organic matter (OM), K, Ca, Mg, pH, CEC and base saturation (BS); and physical variables: sand and clay were analysed. Soil samples were collected at two depths (0-0.2 and 0.6-0.8 m) located at irregular mesh of sampling in the region of Monte Alto, in a Yellow-Red Podzol (Alfissolo) (PVA), under different managements, resulting in 88 points in 1465 ha of total area; and at the region of Jaboticabal in a Red Latosol (LV) cultivated with sugarcane, resulting in 128 points in 2597 ha of total area. The chemical and physical soil properties studied showed spatial dependence, except CEC in 0.6-0.8 m layer for LV; Ca and clay at 0-0.2 m layer and P, OM, K, Mg, sand and clay in 0.6-0.8 m layer for PVA. The chemical and physical variables studied were adjusted to spherical and exponential models and some of them showed semivariogram without defined structure. The PVA showed low spatial continuity of chemical and physical properties, mainly in 0.6-0.8 m layer, which suffers less antropic influence. The LV soil showed more homogenous zones of fertility and granulometric composition.
Palavras-chave : geostatistic; soil fertility; granulometric composition.