Effect of sequential surface irrigations on field-scale emissions of 1,3-dichloropropene

S. R. Yates, J. Knuteson, F. F. Ernst, W. Zheng, Q. Wang

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A field experiment was conducted to measure subsurface movement and volatilization of 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D) after shank injection to an agricultural soil. The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of sprinkler irrigation on the emissions of 1,3-D to the atmosphere and is based on recent research that has shown that saturating the soil pore space reduces gas-phase diffusion and leads to reduced volatilization rates. Aerodynamic, integrated horizontal flux, and theoretical profile shape methods were used to estimate fumigant volatilization rates and total emission losses. These methods provide estimates of the volatilization rate based on measurements of wind speed, temperature, and 1,3-D concentration in the atmosphere. The volatilization rate was measured continuously for 16 days, and the daily peak volatilization rates for the three methods ranged from 18 to 60 μg m -2 s-1. The total 1,3-D mass entering the atmosphere was approximately 44-68 kg ha-1, or 10-15% of the applied active ingredient. This represents approximately 30-50% reduction in the total emission losses compared to conventional fumigant applications in field and field-plot studies. Significant reduction in volatilization of 1,3-D was observed when five surface irrigations were applied to the field, one immediately after fumigation followed by daily irrigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8753-8758
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


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