Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science

ISSN: 2291-4471 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-448X (Online)

Volume 3 (2015), No. 2, Pages 13-25

DOI: 10.12735/as.v3i2p13

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Quantitative Assessment on Spatial Suitability for Tobacco Planting in Bozhou in Northern Anhui Province, China

XiaoDong Song1  DeCheng Li1  Lu Guo2  An Zhao2  ChuanJie Sang2  AiHua Cui2  CaoLong Zhu3  ChaoQiang Jiang3  Lin Zhang3 

1State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China
2Bozhou Branch of Anhui Tobacco Corporation, Bozhou, China
3Institute of Tobacco Science, Anhui Agricultural Academy of Sciences, Hefei, China


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While Qiaocheng district currently is the main tobacco planting region in Northern Anhui Province, China, the quantitative assessment on spatial suitability for tobacco planting is necessary for the scientific instruction in the adjustment of planting regionalization and fertilization. In this paper, soil samples of the plough layers were collected from 1224 typical farmlands in 2008, and 18 types of soil properties, pH, clay, silt, sand, organic matter, total nitrogen, available phosphorus, slowly available potassium, rapidly available potassium, exchangeable Ca2+ and Mg2+, Cl-, HCO3-, SO42-, available Fe, Mn, Cu and Zn were measured. Meanwhile irrigation water samples of 90 typical pumping wells were collected, and Cl-, HCO3-, SO42-, K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ were measured. The above measured properties were used as the assessing indexes for spatial suitability for tobacco planting, in which the weights were generated by the method of principal component analysis and the fuzzy membership functions were produced based on the practical experiences with the related literatures. The soil suitabilities were quantitatively assessed using the ArcGIS 10.0 platform. The experimental results showed that: (1) areas of the highest, higher, middle, lower and lowest levels of suitability are 4.28×104, 4.36×104, 4.82×104, 4.47×104 and 4.81×104 hm2. respectively, constituted of 18.84%, 19.16%, 21.20%, 19.66% and 21.14% of the total area of the farmland, respectively; (2) in general, the Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest regions are the most suitable areas, and (3) for tobacco farmland in the North region, more potassium fertilizers should be applied due to the low available potassium content in soil, and the flood irrigation should be prevented due to the high content of Cl- in irrigation water. Chengfu in the Sourtheast, Shihe and Feihe in the Southwest, and Longyang and Gucheng in the South could be regarded as the new potential tobacco planting regions.

Keywords: farmland, suitability for tobacco planting, quantitative assessment, qiaocheng district

To Cite this Article: Song, X. D., Li, D. C., Guo, L., Zhao, A., Sang, C. J., Cui, A. H., . . . Zhang, L. (2015). Quantitative assessment on spatial suitability for tobacco planting in Bozhou in northern Anhui province, China. Agricultural Science, 3(2), 13-25.

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Quantitative Assessment on Spatial Suitability for Tobacco Planting in Bozhou in Northern Anhui Province, China