oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - Runoff and soil loss under different tillage and cropping system practices at Ginchi Vertsol in Ethiopia
To assess and predict runoff and soil loss on different tillage methods coupled with alternative cropping systems in the central highland vertisols of Ethiopia, a study was carried out at Ginchi, Agricultural Research Sub-Center during 1996. The experiment was conducted on runoff plots of 4 meter wide by 22 meter long, on surface slopes that range between 0.1% and 2.3%. The data collected was analyzed using regression models and an empirical formula developed by the Soil Conservation Service of America (SCS, 1964; 1972), known as curve number (CN). Both the regression model and the SCS simulated the mean daily runoff reasonably well with R2 93% and 83%, respectively. The overall results obtained explain that the improved tillage practice, BBF could drain the excess surface water safely.
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