Despite the global reduction in the prevalence of undernourishment from 18.7 to 11.3 percent in 2012 to 2014, more than 805 million people still do not have enough to eat . Low agricultural production in the developing countries has been related to low soil fertility among other factors  - . Agriculture in the developing countries in general and Nigeria in particular, requires substantial improvement if it is to contribute towards national food security, industrial growth and foreign exchange earnings . Low soil nutrients have been established as a constraint under intensive cultivation. Soil organic matter content also decreased rapidly under tropical conditions  . The use of fertilizers has been recognized as a way to overcome the challenge of low soil fertility  . However, inorganic fertilizer is often unaffordable to resource-poor farmers  . Therefore, the application of poultry manure as a source of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), and trace elements such as iron (Fe), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) has been suggested as a cost effective way of improving soil fertility    .
The nutrients in poultry litter exist in both mineral and organic forms, although released slowly . Studies have shown that mineralisation of nutrients in manure takes up to seven weeks. The nutrient content of poultry manure is determined by the composition of poultry feed, drugs administered, type and age of the chicken and method of disposal of poultry manure . However, in Nigeria, no methods are currently recommended for processing poultry manure or for determining its fertilizer equivalence. Information on the quality and availability of nutrients from soil-applied poultry manure is inconsistent. For instance,  reported that the application of poultry manure to the soil where maize was grown significantly increased N, P, Ca and some micronutrients concentration in the maize grains while  observed that inappropriate application of poultry manure to soil could damage plant root and sometime even kill plants.
The application of poultry manure to soils cultivated with vegetable crops is increasing due to increasing demand for organically produced vegetable crops in Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular. The ability of poultry manure to release nutrients, particularly nitrogen, to the crop has not been evaluated for short duration crops such as leafy vegetables. It is also unknown if the formula for estimating available nitrogen that has been used for manures in the temperate regions  will be appropriate for poultry manure from the tropics.
Leafy vegetables are part of daily diets in many African and Nigerian households. The leave of amaranth constitutes an inexpensive and rich source of protein, carotenoid, vitamin C, and dietary fibre. Many vitamins are found in high level in both raw and cooked leaves and stems of Amaranthus cruentus such as vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin (vitamin B12) vitamin B6, folate (vitamin B9) and niacin (vitamin B3) . Amaranthus is also rich in essential minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and magnesium. It is also a very good source of protein with digestibility approximately 90% and are high in lysine; 0.74% Lys/100g of the edible portion of uncooked amaranth grain and is gluten-free . Amaranth is being grown with increasing success in Canada and work is being done at both the University of Guelph’s Sinicoe (leaf amaranth) and Vineland Research Stations (grain amaranth) . They supply the body with minerals, vitamins and certain hormone precursors in addition to proteins and energy  .
It is therefore important that these vegetables be adequately fertilized if they are going to be relied upon as a source of essential nutrients. However, it is increasingly becoming difficult to meet the fertilizer demands of crops, which demands for methods to promote nutrient use efficiency that varies by both crop and fertilizer source. Vegetable crops differ because they often require higher rates of fertility only for yield but also quality as those nutrients are required at specific growth stages so nitrogen that can be maintained in the root zone, available at those critical moments is really important and difficult to do because it is highly mobile in solution.
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Study Location
Poultry manure sample was collected from laying birds at the Teaching and Research Farm of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, which lies between longitudes 4˚32'E and 4˚40'E, and latitudes 7˚32'N and 7˚33'N. This poultry manure sample, (PMN) was freeze dried and kept in air tight container, quarantined and transported to the University of Manitoba, Canada. Poultry manure sample was also collected from the Department of Animal Science, University of Manitoba, Canada and freeze dried (PMC), which lies on Latitude 49.8075˚N and Longitude 97.1366˚W. It was believed that poultry manure of Nigeria could be different from that of Canada in ability to supply nutrients due to differences in the livestock feeds, drugs, environment and management practices. The chickens were egg layers and under battery cage system, in the two locations.
2.2. Soil Analysis
Two surface soils (0 - 15 cm) were collected from fields near Winnipeg, Manitoba that has not received fertilizer within the past five years. The locations were Longitude 97.17W, Latitude 49.46N and Altitude 226 m for Red River soil and Longitude 96.88W, Latitude 49.28N and Altitude 266 m for Glenhope. The Red River clay is classified as Gleyed Rego Black Chernozem/Gleyed Humic Vertisol and the Glenhope loamy sand as Gleyed Rego Black Chernozem . The soil samples were air-dried, gently crushed and passed through a 2 mm sieve. The fraction that passed through a 2 mm sieve was subjected to both physical and chemical analysis. The water content of the soil at field capacity was determined as described by .
Available P was extracted using NaHCO3 as described by . Phosphorus concentration in the extract was determined using a spectrophotometer (Ultralspec 3100 pro UV/Visible spectrophotometer). Ammonium nitrogen ( ) and nitrate nitrogen ( ) were extracted using 2N KCl as described by . The extract was analysed for ammonium nitrogen ( ) and nitrate nitrogen (NO3-N) using an auto analyser (Technicon autoanalyser II system: Technicon Ind. System Tarrytown, NY). The pH and Electrical conductivity of the soils were determined using pH meter and conductivity meter, respectively (Accument Research ARSO, Fisher Scientific. Soil Exchangeable Ca, K, Mg, and Na and cation exchange capacity were also extracted by 25 mL of 1N NH4OAc solution as described by  using vacuum pump (Fisher maxima dry oil free laboratory vacuum pump model 13-880-16). The first solution from the soil was analysed for exchangeable Ca, K, Mg and Na with Inductively Couple Plasma (ICPOES) (Varian Incorporation, Palo Alto, CA, USA). The remaining soil was leached with NaCl (to release the ) and analysed for CEC with auto analyser (Technicon autoanalyser II system: Technicon Ind. System Tarrytown, NY). Soil ammonium nitrogen ( ), nitrate nitrogen ( ), and available P were determined after harvesting of the plants using the methods stated above.
2.3. Poultry Manure and Livestock Feed Processing and Analysis
After freeze drying, the manure samples from Nigeria and Canada were ground using Oster Blender. 0.4 g of the manure sample was digested with digestion mixture according to  (350 mL H2O2, 0.42 g Se powder, 14 g Li2SO4∙H2O, 420 mL conc. H2SO4) using the wet oxidation method described by . Also part of the poultry manure sample was extracted using 2N KCl as described by  to measure ammonium-nitrogen. The digested and extracted poultry manure samples were analysed for total nitrogen and ammonium nitrogen (NH4-N) respectively with autoanalyser (Techniconautoanalyser II system: Technicon Ind. System Tarrytown NY). Plant Available Nitrogen was calculated using the expression:Available N = + 25% of Organic N
Where Organic N = Total N – .
Phosphorus, K, Ca, Mg, Al, and Na of the manure samples were analysed using Inductively Couple Plasma, ICP-OES (Varian Incorporation, Palo Alto, CA, USA).
2.4. Greenhouse Study
The greenhouse experiment was a 2 × 3 × 3 factorial in a Completely Randomized Design consisting of two soil types, three sources of nitrogen: PMN, PMC and urea which were added at three rates of 0 (control), 60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 (Table 1). The experiment was replicated three times, with a total of fifty-four experimental units. The amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) seeds were obtained from Prairie Garden seeds in Humboldt, Saskachewan, Canada. The seed was pre-germinated in a growth chamber that was set at 25˚C during the day and night, and the relative humidity of 60%. Each pot was filled with 2 kg of treated soil. Three germinated seeds were transplanted into each pot on 28th July, 2011. The greenhouse experiment was for a duration of 5 weeks. Basal phosphorus and potassium were applied as NH4H2PO4 and KCl ANALAR grades reagent at the rate of 40 kg P∙ha−1 and 30 kg K∙ha−1, respectively. The germinated seeds were irrigated daily, early in the morning to 70% field moisture capacity of the soil.
2.5. Data Collection
Plant height was measured on a weekly basis using a meter stick. The numbers of leaves were also recorded each week. The plants were harvested five weeks after transplanting.
2.6. Extraction and Analysis of Plant Tissue
The plants were partitioned into shoots and roots, and fresh weight was determined. Plant samples were oven dried at 60˚C until a constant weight was obtained and the dry weight was measured.
2.7. Determination of Plant Nutrient Uptake
Oven dried plant tissues were finely ground with a Plant tissue mill (Thomas Wiley Laboratory mill, Model 4) and digested using the wet oxidation method described by . The digested plant samples were analysed for total nitrogen with an autoanalyser (Technicon autoanalyser II system: Technicon Ind. System Tarrytown, NY). Phosphorus, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Cu and Fe in the digested sample were determined using Industrial Couple Plasma ICP-OES (Varian Incorporation, Palo Alto, CA, USA). The nutrient concentration of each plant samples was multiplied by their dry matter yield to get the nutrients uptake using the expression:
Table 1. Quantity of poultry manure applied to the soils.
2.8. Statistical Analysis
The data obtained was subjected to a two-way Anova also with SAS (source of N and rate of N). Each soil was analyzed separately so as to avoid third order interaction that may be difficult to interpret. Differences in means were tested using The Duncan Multiple Range Test (DMTR) at 5% level of probability with SAS .
3. Results and Discussion
3.1. Soil Properties, Poultry Manure and Feed Nutrient Compositions
The physical and chemical properties of the soils used for the greenhouse experiment are shown in Table 2. The textural classifications of the soils were clay and loamy sand for the Red River and Glenhope soils, respectively. The Electrical conductivity and cation exchangeable capacity (CEC) as well as other properties of the Red River soil were higher than that of the Glenhope soil. This could be due to the high clay content of the Red River soil with is large surface area . Overall, the soil native nutrients such as N, P, K were not sufficient for the production of optimal vegetable yield which might have been due to differences in production system. The poultry manure from Nigeria had lower total N compared to poultry manure from Canada (Table 3). It is a common practice
Table 2. Properties of the soil used for the experiment.
Table 3. Chemical composition of the poultry manures used for the experiment.
amongst poultry farmers in Nigeria to leave poultry manure with the chicken for weeks before it is disposed off. This practice would have resulted in manure decomposition and significant loss of N to the atmosphere. This could partly be the reason for the low content of N in the PMN. Whereas, poultry manure from Canada are collected from the poultry houses almost on a daily basis. This could be the reason for high N content of PMC as the manure has not been exposed to the atmosphere for a long time. Saw dust was added to the PMN which would have added bulk and carbon to the manure hence rendered nitrogen non-available. The formula used to estimate available N might not be appropriate for PMN due to immobilization of N by the added saw dust often used for bedding which adds bulk and carbon.
3.2. Effects of Nitrogen Source and Rates of Application on N and P Uptake, and Shoot Biomass of Amaranth Plant in the Red River Clay
Table 4 shows the effects of N source and rate of N on nutrient uptake and plant shoot biomass of amaranth in the Red River and Glenhope soils. In the Red River soil, there was a significant effect of N source (p < 0.001) and N rate (p < 0.0065) on the nitrogen uptake of amaranth but the source by rate interaction was not significant (p > 0.05, Table 4). The lack of a significant interaction between source and rate allows us to look at the main effects of source and rate on N uptake. The PMC and urea had similar N uptake (172.5 vs 171.4 mg∙pot−1) both of which were significantly greater than the N uptake from PMN (100.6 mg∙pot−1). Many of the previous studies in Nigeria on the effect of poultry manure on vegetables focused only on yield with limited information on nutrient uptake. For example, the works of  on the growth and yield of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum mill) as influenced by poultry manure and NPK fertilizer,  on the integrated application of poultry manure and NPK fertilizer on performance of tomato in derived savanna transition zone of Southwestern Nigeria,  on the effects of organic, organomineral and NPK fertilizer on nutritional
Table 4. Effects of source and rate of nitrogen on nitrogen and phosphorus uptake, and shoot biomass yield of vegetable amaranth.
quality of amaranthus in Lagos,  on the evaluation of some manure types for the growth and yield of water melon in Southwestern Nigeria and  on the effect of NPK and poultry manure on growth, yield and proximate composition of three amaranths did not consider the effects of poultry manure on nutrient uptake.
We are also not aware of previous studies that poultry manure from Nigeria was collected with some saw dust with possibly higher C:N ratio than that of PMC.  reported C/N ratio of 400:1 for sawdust. The greater amount of carbon in the PMN could have brought about N immobilization, therefore, rendering N non-available to the plant. This is supported by the earlier work of  who compared the effects of the two types of poultry manures (poultry manure from Canada and Nigeria) on N availability and uptake by amaranth plant. Results of manure analyses showed that the total N content of PMC was 6.9% while that of PMN was 2.3% (Table 3). However, the two manures were applied to supply the same amount of nitrogen per pot (67 mg N∙pot−1 for the 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 rate) and (133 mg N pot−1 for the 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 rate).
The greater amount of carbon in the PMN could have brought about N immobilization rendering N non-available to the plant. This is supported by the earlier work of  who observed that high C relative to N would lead to a tie-up of N, potentially causing N deficiency in the crop and a C/N ratio of 25/1 or greater would lead to N tie-up in the soil. Also the expression for estimating available N, (Available N = + 25% of Organic N), may be appropriate for PMC but not for PMN. The two rates of N (60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1) had similar N uptake (140.7 vs 155.6 mg∙pot−1), both of which were significantly greater than that of the control (92.2 mg∙pot−1). This result indicates that the application of poultry manure increased N uptake, however, the 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 appeared to be the optimal rate in this soil beyond which there was no further increase in N uptake. This supports the findings of  who obtained significant increase in nutrient uptake of sokoyokoto (Celosia argentea), especially N, P and K with increasing rates of N fertilizer in which the optimum nutrient uptake was at 30 kg∙N∙ha−1 with a decline in nutrient uptake at 40 kg∙N∙ha−1. Interaction of N source and rate had no significant effect on shoot dry matter yield however, the yield was significantly higher for the plants that received PMC and urea compared with PMN.
Similar shoot dry matter yield (10.1 vs. 9.6 mg∙pot−1) was obtained with the application of PMC and urea to Red River soil both of which were significantly greater than that of PMN (6.7 mg∙pot−1). The greater amaranth shoot dry matter yield from PMC and urea was due to greater uptake of N from these two sources of N compared to that of PMN. This corroborates the findings of  who reported an increase in the dry matter yield of Amaranthus cruentus with the application of poultry manure and NPK,  also reported an increase in the dry matter yield of potato with the application of supplemental poultry manure at the rate of 0 and 4 Mg ha−1 with the highest value recorded at 4 Mg ha−1, and  observed a linear increase in the biomass yield of two-year-old Saskatoon plants of the cultivar smoky with the application of 20-20-20 N-P2O5-K2O at the rate of 30, 60, 90, and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 with the highest value recorded at 120 kg∙N∙ha−1. Shoot dry matter yield was similar at application of 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 compared to control. Earlier works by  showed positive response of amaranth to N application.  observed an increase in shoot dry matter yield of vegetable amaranth with the application of 45 kg∙N∙ha−1 nitrogen fertilizer.  reported increasing yield response of Amaranthus cultivars at 40 kg∙N∙ha−1 poultry manure.  obtained an increase in plant height and number of leaves of Amaranthus cruentus at increasing household solid organic waste tea nitrogen rates from 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 up to 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 with a significant decrease at 160 kg∙N∙ha−1.
3.3. Effects of Nitrogen Source and Rates of Application on N and P Uptake, and Shoot Biomass of Amaranth Plant in the Glenhope Loamy Sand
In the Glenhope soil, no significant source-by-rate effect was found for any of the parameters which were similar to the situation in Red River soil (Table 4). This allowed us to focus on the main effects. A significant effect of N source (p < 0.0001) and N rate (p < 0.0008) on nitrogen uptake of amaranth was obtained. The plant grown in soil treated with PMC and Urea had similar N uptake (169.5 vs 163.7 mg∙pot−1) both of which were significantly greater than the N uptake from PMN (110.0 mg∙pot−1). The impacts of the two rates of N (60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1) showed that 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 produced significant higher N uptake (162.6 mg∙pot−1) compared to 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 (132.9 mg∙pot−1), both of which were significantly greater than that of the control (96.7 mg∙pot−1). These results ascertained the earlier observation in the Red River soil that N availability from PMC and Urea were higher than that of PMN and the nutrient uptake increased with the increase in N application rates.
Unlike in the Red River soil where no significant effects of N source or rate on the uptake of P by Amaranth as a result of the high available P in this soil (Table 2), treatment effects on P uptake were significant in the less fertile Glenhope soil. Phosphorus uptakes from PMC (27.9 mg∙pot−1) and PMN (28.1 mg∙pot−1) were similar and both were significantly (p < 0.0001) higher than the P uptake from urea (11.4 mg∙pot−1). This result showed that PMC and PMN contained similar amounts of available P which was not surprising considering the similar concentration of P in both sources of manure (Table 3).  reported an increase in P uptake of tomato with poultry manure application. The P uptake at 60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 (20.4 vs 24.5 mg∙pot−1) were similar, both of which were significantly higher than the P uptake form the control (12.6 mg∙pot−1). Previous studies have reported that the stimulating effect of nitrogen on phosphorus uptake by plants may be attributable to increased root proliferation resulting from nitrogen application  , changes in the availability of soil phosphorus due to chemical and acidity changes in the rhizosphere  and nitrogen stimulated physiological changes within the plant itself that influence phosphorus transport . There was no significant N source by N rate interaction on amaranth shoot biomass yield in the Glenhope soil.
The main treatment effects on shoot biomass showed similar patterns to those observed for N and P uptake; the application of PMC and Urea produced similar amaranth shoot dry matter yield (8.8 vs 8.1 mg∙pot−1) both of which were significantly (p < 0.0001) higher than that of the PMN (6.4 mg∙pot−1). This result was also observed in the Red River soil, where the higher amaranth shoot dry matter yield obtained could be attributed to greater uptake of nitrogen from the poultry manures. This corroborated the findings of  who reported an increase in shoot dry matter yield of Amaranthus cruentus with the application of poultry manure and NPK. The impact of the two rates of N (60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1) on the dry mater yield of amaranth were similar; both rates produced significantly (p < 0.0009) greater shoot dry mater yield DMY than the control (5.4 mg∙pot−1). These results showed that increase in N uptake at 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 did not result in an increase in amaranth shoot dry mater yield. A similar result was obtained by  who applied 0, 15, 30 45 and 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 of nitrogen fertilizer to Amaranthus cruentus where the shoot dry matter yield was not significantly different between the 45 and 60 kg∙N∙ha−1.
3.4. Effects of Nitrogen Source and Rates of Application on K, Ca and Mg Uptake of Amaranth Plant in the Red River Clay
Table 5 shows the effects of N source and rate of N on K, Ca and Mg uptake of amaranth in Red River soil. There was no significant source by rate effect on the uptake of K and Mg but the interaction effect on Ca uptake was significant. The source by rate effect of PMC and Urea (156.1 vs 157.0 mg∙pot−1) on Ca uptake at 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 was significantly (p < 0.0091) higher than the value of PMN (84.6 mg∙pot−1) and control (92.9 mg∙pot−1). It might due to the effect of biomass yield. The uptake of K and Ca from PMC was significantly greater than that from Urea which was in turn significantly greater than that from PMN. It appeared that PMC supplied additional K and possibly Ca to amaranth while the differences in uptake of these nutrient elements influenced by the different N sources were related to differences in biomasss yield. No significant difference was found in the uptake of Mg between PMC and Urea indicating that this nutrient was not supplied by the manure, this might due to the fact that the soil already contained Mg to meet the needs of the plants and so any available Mg from the manure was not taken up by the plants.
However, the Mg uptake from PMC and urea were significantly greater than from PMN reflecting differences in biomass yield. The trend of K and Ca uptake was similar to that of nitrogen uptake, possibly due to the involvement of K in nitrogen metabolism by plant. For instance,  reported that K+ is the dominant cation for counter balancing immobile anion in the cytoplasm, the chloroplast, and quite often also for mobile anions in the vacuoles, the xylem and phloem. Potassium influences the uptake and utilisation of N in plants because K is involved in translocation of carbohydrate produced through the photosynthesis to the sink where the carbohydrates joins with amino group to from protein. Our results corroborate the findings of  who reported increases in K and Ca uptake of maize with the application of poultry manure. The two rates of N (60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1) had similar K uptake (430.1 vs 467.8 mg∙pot−1) and similar Ca uptake (128.9 vs 132.6 mg∙pot−1) both of which were significantly greater than that of the control (339.3 mg∙pot−1) and (92.9 mg∙pot−1) for K and Ca uptake, respectively. This result indicated that the application of poultry manure increased K and Ca uptake, however, the rate of 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 gave the higher K and Ca uptake. Magnesium uptake from PMC and urea (60.5 vs 58.9 mg∙pot−1) were similar and both were significantly (p < 0.0001) higher than the Mg uptake from PMN (36.9 mg∙pot−1).
The Mg uptake at 60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 (49.0 vs 55.2 mg∙pot−1) were similar,
Table 5. Effects of source and rate of nitrogen on K, Ca, and Mg uptake of vegetable amaranth.
both of which were significantly higher than the control (37.9 mg∙pot−1). Magnesium uptake was significantly higher at 60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 than at 0 kg∙N∙ha−1 (control) by 29.3% and 45.6%, respectively.  reported that magnesium is a component of chlorophyll and is related to the function of nitrogen in plants. It is involved in the transfer of carboxyl groups from the leave to the root for the production of protein and magnesium is preferentially bound to nitrogen. The Ca uptake from the 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 of PMC was greater than that of the 60 kg∙N∙ha−1, while for PMN Ca uptake at the 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 was less than at the 60 kg∙N∙ha−1, leading to the significant source by rate interaction for Ca (Table 5).
3.5. Effects of Nitrogen Source and Rates of Application on K, Ca and Mg Uptake of Amaranth Plant in the Glenhope Loamy Sand
In the Glenhope soil, there was no significant source by rate effect on any of the parameters allowing us to focus on the main effects (Table 5). There was no significant effect of N source while a significant effect of N rate (p < 0.0315) was obtained for K uptake in the Glenhope soil. The 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 rate produced significant higher K uptake (262.6 mg∙pot−1) compared to the 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 (244.4 mg∙pot−1), both of which were significantly greater than that of the control (198.8 mg∙pot−1). Calcium uptake from PMC (154.6 mg∙pot−1) was significantly greater than Ca uptake from urea (119.6 mg∙pot−1) and PMN (113.2 mg∙pot−1) but both of which were not significantly different from each other. The 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 rate produced significantly higher Ca uptake (137.6 mg∙pot−1) compared to 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 (120.6 mg∙pot−1), both of which were significantly greater than that of the control (93.0 mg∙pot−1). Calcium uptake was significantly higher at 60 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 than at 0 kg∙N∙ha−1 (control) by 29.68% and 47.96%, respectively in Glenhope soil. This may be due to the high concentration of Ca in poultry manure used for the experiment (Table 3). This is in line with the work of  who reported that Farm yard manure supplies all major nutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Mg and S) necessary for plant growth.
The PMC had the highest Mg uptake (76.1 mg∙pot−1) followed by Mg uptake from Urea (59.4 mg∙pot−1) both of which were significantly greater than the Mg uptake from PMN (39.8 mg∙pot−1). Considering the impact of the two rates, the Mg uptake at 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 (64.7 mg∙pot−1) was significantly higher than Mg uptake at 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 (52.1 mg∙pot−1), both of which were significantly higher than the control (39.0 mg∙pot−1). The results of N and P uptake as well as biomass yield of amaranth were consistent for the two soils used in this study.  reported that vertisols are very high in swelling-clays and had the highest average CEC of the mineral soils which could be the reason for the higher K uptake in the Red River soil with a CEC of 46.8 cmol∙kg−1 compared with the Glenhope soil with a CEC of 19 cmol∙kg−1 in the current study. For N rate at 60 kg∙N∙ha−1 and 120 kg∙N∙ha−1 a significant difference in value was obtained in Glenhope soil but not in the Red River soil reflecting a better fertility of the Red River soils.
The effects of these two types of poultry manure (from Nigeria and Canada) and urea fertilizer on biomass yield and nutrient uptake of vegetable amaranth were investigated in the greenhouse. Poultry manure from Canada and urea promoted nitrogen uptake and biomass yield more than poultry manure from Nigeria. Nitrogen uptake from the two rates of the manures was significantly greater than that of the (control) non-amended. Poultry manure from Canada was superior to poultry manure from Nigerian considering nitrogen uptake from the manure. Poultry manure from Nigeria would be a good source of P for plant growth since most Nigeria soils are low in P. The study showed that the formula for estimating available nitrogen from poultry manure was more appropriate for PMC than PMN, possibly due to the use of saw dust in poultry houses in Nigeria.
The Authors appreciated the fund (Graduate Student’s Exchange Programme Grant) provided by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), for the first author to carry out the study at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Mrs. Bammeke of the Department of Soil Science, of the University for the technical assistance rendered. This manuscript was part of the M. Phil. Research of the first author which was awarded by the Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
PMC, poultry manure from Canada;
PMN, poultry manure from Nigeria;
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