Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Kogan M., Rojas S., Gómez P., Suárez F., Muñoz J.F. and Alister C. (2007)

Evaluation of six pesticides leaching indexes using field data herbicide application in Casablanca Valley, Chile

Revista : Water Science and Technology
Volumen : 56
Número : 2
Páginas : 169-178
Tipo de publicación : ISI


field study was performed to evaluate the accuracy of six pesticide screening leaching indexes for herbicide movement. Adsorption, dissipation and soil movement were studied in a vineyard in a sandy loam soil during 2005 season. Simazine, diuron, pendimethalin, oxyfluorfen and flumioxazin were applied to bare soil at rates commonly used, and their soil concentrations throughout soil profile were determined at 0, 10, 20, 40 and 90 days after application (DAA). Herbicides were subjected to two pluviometric regimens, natural field condition and modified conditions (plus natural rainfall 180 mm). Leaching indexes utilized were: Briggs’s Rf, Hamaker’s Rf, LEACH, LPI, GUS and LIX. Simazine reached 120 cm, diuron 90 cm, flumioxazin 30 cm soil depth respectively. Pendimethalin and oxyfluorfen were retained up to 5 cm. None of the herbicides leaching was affected by rainfall regimen. Only flumioxazin field dissipation was clearly affected by pluviometric condition. The best representation of the herbicide soil depth movement and leaching below 15 cm soil depth were: Hamaker’s Rf < Briggs's Rf < GUS < LPI, < LEACH < LIX. Field results showed a good correlation between herbicides Kd and their soil depth movement and mass leached below 15 cm soil depth.