Effect of conventional and no-till practices on solute transport in long term field trials

Okada, Elena; Costa, Jose Luis; Bedmar, Francisco; Barbagelata, Pedro Anibal; Irizar, Alicia Beatriz; Rampoldi, Edgar Ariel
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The prediction and description of water and solute movement in soils under different tillage systems is essential to the study of pesticide contamination in soils and groundwater quality. However, the impact of tillage practices in soil physical characteristics varies across locations and types of soil. In this work we analyzed the long-term impact of no till (NT) and conventional tillage (CT) on solute transport within three different Argentinian soils. Bromide transport studies were conducted under controlled conditions in the laboratory using undisturbed soil columns. Samples were taken from long term field trials, with a history of over 16 years of NT and CT practices. The studied soils were: Paraná soil (PAR), a silty clay loam soil (<37% clay), and Mandfredi (MAN) and Pergamino (PER), both silty loam soils (<26% clay). Breakthrough curves were fitted using the non-equilibrium equation model (CDEneq). The following transport parameters were estimated from the fitted curves: velocity (v), hydrodynamic dispersion coefficient (D), dispersivity (λ), mobile water content (β), and mass transfer coefficient (ω). The relationship between the estimated parameters and soil properties was analyzed. Also, the parameters were compared between soils and tillage practices using a mixed linear model. Parameters v and D were positively correlated to soil clay content in NT samples. Such correlation was not observed in CT samples. This would suggest that clay content in soils under conservational tillage, favors the transport of solutes, as it increases v and D. In this study, no differences were found between soils or tillage practice regarding the estimated v parameter. Differences were found for D and λ between CT and NT samples in PAR soil. In this case, the magnitude of solute dispersion was higher in the NT samples. For the other soils (MAN and PER), no difference in D and λ between tillage practices was found. Effects of tillage on solute transport was not substantial in these soils, even when no till management had been applied for over 30 years. Whereas in PAR (the soil with higher clay content), soil management had an important effect on structure, and therefore on solute and water transport. These results suggest that in the PAR clayey soils studied, structure is well preserved under conservational tillage, and this could lead to an increase in the risk of leaching of solutes or chemical substances.
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Fil: Okada, Elena. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Balcarce; Argentina
Fil: Costa, Jose Luis. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Balcarce; Argentina
Fil: Bedmar, Francisco. Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias; Argentina
Fil: Barbagelata, Pedro Anibal. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Paraná; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos. Facultad Ciencias Agropecuarias; Argentina
Fil: Irizar, Alicia Beatriz. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Pergamino; Argentina
Fil: Rampoldi, Edgar Ariel. INTA. Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Manfredi; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias; Argentina
Soil and Tillage Research 142 : 8-14 (September 2014)
Labranza Convencional
Procesos de Transporte en el Suelo
Estructura del Suelo
Conventional Tillage
Soil Transport Processes
Zero Tillage
Soil Structure
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