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A Tractor Mounted Sampler for Obtaining Large Soil Columns

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 June 2017

David S. Walker
Affiliation:
Univ. Tennessee, Dep. Plant & Soil Sci., P. O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071
J. David O'Dell
Affiliation:
Univ. Tennessee, Dep. Plant & Soil Sci., P. O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071
Jeff D. Wolt
Affiliation:
Univ. Tennessee, Dep. Plant & Soil Sci., P. O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071
G. Neil Rhodes Jr.
Affiliation:
Univ. Tennessee, Dep. Plant & Soil Sci., P. O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071
John G. Graveel
Affiliation:
Univ. Tennessee, Dep. Plant & Soil Sci., P. O. Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071

Abstract

A tractor mounted sampler was constructed which allows large soil columns to be obtained rapidly and with minimal physical effort. The machine utilizes the hydraulic system of a tractor to push a steel sampling cylinder containing 30.5-cm id. polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe into the soil, after which the hydraulic cylinder is retracted to pull the pipe and enclosed soil from the ground. Columns 68 cm in length were taken with a hydraulic cylinder pressure of approximately 10 MPa. Soil separated evenly at the bottom of the columns, and compaction was measured to be approximately 5%. This is a relatively simple and rapid method for obtaining large soil columns for use in pesticide leaching studies.

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Copyright © 1990 Weed Science Society of America 

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