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  1. Vol. 28 No. 2, p. 605-610
    Received: Feb 3, 1998

    * Corresponding author(s): mchermosin@irnase.csic.es
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Leaching of Clopyralid and Metamitron under Conventional and Reduced Tillage Systems

  1. L. Cox,
  2. M. J. Calderón,
  3. M. C. Hermosín * and
  4. J. Cornejo
  1. Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla, CSIC, P.O. Box 1052, 411080 Sevilla, Spain.



The influence of conventional tillage (CT) and reduced tillage (RT) on leaching of clopyralid (3,6-dichloropyridine-2-carboxylic acid) and metamitron (4-amino-4,5-dihydro-3-methyl-6-phenyl-1,2,4-triazin-5-one) was monitored in a laboratory experiment with undisturbed soil columns from two plots where CT or RT practices have been used. Herbicides were applied at the rate of 5 kg ha−1 to duplicate water-saturated columns that were leached with 600, 1200, or 1800 mL or 4000 mL of water. Clopyralid leaches more rapidly than metamitron due to its lower sorption. Higher amounts of clopyralid were detected in leachates from RT columns than in leachates from CT columns. Breakthrough of clopyralid occurred earlier in RT columns due to preferential flow, although the total amounts leached (78%) were lower than in CT columns (94%). Residual clopyralid in soil was only slightly lower in RT than in CT. Metamitron rendered similar BTCs in RT and CT although the total recovery in leachates were higher in CT columns (10%) than in RT columns (5%). Metamitron residues in soil were much lower in RT than in CT columns. Additional experiments with handpacked soil columns showed no differences in RT and CT for clopyralid, but higher leaching of metamitron in CT (16%) than in RT (8%). The lower recoveries (soil residue and leachates) observed for both herbicides under RT has been attributed to more rapid degradation in this system. These differences were much more pronounced for metamitron due to higher sorption and degradability in soil.

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