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TCA in Irrigation Water After Bank Treatments for Weed Control

  • R. D. Comes (a1), P. A. Frank (a2) and R. J. Demint (a1)


Concentrations of TCA (trichloroacetic acid) were determined in irrigation water after the sodium salt formulation had been applied to the banks of dry canals at 82 kg/ha for weed control. When the canals were refilled about 5 months after treatment, maximum concentrations of TCA detected in the water ranged from 53 to 297 ppb. The concentration was highest during the first hour of waterflow. The maximum concentration increased at a rate of 26 to 30 ppb/km of canal treated, unless surface runoff or reduced flow volumes caused abnormal flows in the canals. With one exception, no TCA was detected in the water after 4 hr of flow.



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TCA in Irrigation Water After Bank Treatments for Weed Control

  • R. D. Comes (a1), P. A. Frank (a2) and R. J. Demint (a1)


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