Soil Assessment in Mount Kasunogan’s West Ridge

Mevilren S. Almendras | Nineveh Escañan | Ericka L. Gabronino | Kevin Clint Larita | Jan Mel Xylor N. Ochavillo | Jonn Vincent M. Tagalo



The soil remains a fundamental asset to human survival and plant development. Soil degradation is additionally a major agricultural and ecological issue in the Philippines as it incredibly influences soil efficiency. This study focused on the soil in the west ridge of Mount Kasunogan, a notable constraint regarding the mountain’s soil quality. The quality of the soil hindered many people who had been trying to rehabilitate the mountain. This research was conceptualized to determine the soil’s soil content in the west ridge of Mount Kasunogan in terms of soil texture, organic matter content, available phosphorus, and exchangeable potassium. This study utilized simple random sampling to gather the soil samples and performed various soil test methods: Potentiometric Method, Walkley-Black Method, Cold-Sulfuric Acid Method, Olsen Method, and Feel Method. Results have shown that the soil in the west ridge is slightly acidic with a pH level of six and eighty-nine (6.89), has low available phosphorus content with one and four (1.4) ppm, moderately deficient exchangeable potassium content of thirty-eight and thirteen (38.13) ppm, and a low percentage of organic matter with only one and sixty-nine (1.69 %) percent. It was recommended that another soil sampling be done to the areas not covered by this study due to the steepness and vastness of the west ridge of Mount Kasunogan.