Jacob Usman, J.O. Ogbu, S.E. Iji, S. Afatar, Assessment of Some Wetland Potentials in Makurdi Supporting Rice and Sugarcane Production, JHPR Volume 9, Journal of Horticulture and Plant Research (Volume 9)
    The study was carried out in Makurdi, Benue State with the view to characterize some wetlands of Makurdi area and their suitability to rice and sugarcane production. In order to characterize and classify the soil, four pedons were dug at the selected seasonally flooded wetlands. The soils were characterized in terms of their morphological, physical and chemical properties. The soils were generally sandy loam, loamy sands and sandy clay loam. The distribution of clay content increased with soil depth for all pedons. The soils were strongly to moderately acid in reaction (3.47 to 5.61) in H<sub>2</sub>O. The soils had low (0.2 to 3.77 g/kg) organic carbon. The percentage base saturation ranged from 5 to 75 %. The soils were classified as Vertic Endoaquepts/Vertic Gleysols (Orthoeutric), Aeric Glossaqualfs/Lixic Gleysols (Orthoeutric) and Typic Epiaquults/Ferralic Acrisols (Epidystric). Soil Type B was marginally suitable (S3) for sugarcane. However, all the 4 soil types were moderately suitable (S2) for rice.
    Charactization, Classification, Rice and Sugarcane Production, Suitability Evaluation, Wetland