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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Minimizing Emissions from Soil Fumigation by Surface Seal Methods

Authors
item Gao, Suduan
item Trout, Thomas

Submitted to: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Future of Agriculture: Science, Stewardship and Sustainability
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 28, 2006
Publication Date: August 7, 2006
Citation: Gao, S., Trout, T.J. 2006. Minimizing emissions from soil fumigation by surface seal methods. Meeting Abstract. In The Future of Agriculture: Science, Stewardship, and Sustainability, Aug 7-9, 2006, pg. 14, Sacramento, CA. 2007 CD Track 1 - Pest and Nutrient Management. The Center of Hazardous Substance Research, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Technical Abstract: Reducing emissions is essential for minimizing the impact of soil fumigation on the environment. Cost-effective methods (e.g., surface water applications or water seal) are needed to reduce fumigant emissions. We have tested various surface seal methods to reduce emissions of 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) and chloropicrin (CP) from Telone C35 (61% 1,3-D and 35% CP) applications in a sandy loam soil in the San Joaquin Valley, CA. Surface seal treatments included standard high density polyethylene (HDPE) tarp over dry and pre-irrigated soil, virtually impermeable film (VIF) tarp, initial water application immediately following fumigation, and intermittent water applications after fumigation. The VIF and HDPE tarp over dry soil resulted in the lowest and the highest total emission losses, respectively. Intermittent water applications reduced 1,3-D and CP emissions more than HDPE tarp and the initial water application treatment, which delayed emission peaks and also reduced total emissions as effectively as HDPE tarp over dry soil. The intermittent water applications sometimes resulted in lower soil profile fumigant concentrations, which raises concerns about fumigation efficacy. These results suggest that an appropriate amount of water is required for achieving maximum emission reduction while achieving adequate fumigation efficacy. The pre-irrigated soil + HDPE tarp consistently reduced fumigant emissions effectively and also yielded the highest surface soil temperature that may benefit overall soil pest control.

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