Surface runoff, subsurface drainflow and soil erosion as affected by tillage in a clayey Finnish soil

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Tekijä Turtola, E.; Alakukku, L.; Uusitalo, R.
Sarja Agricultural and Food Science
Päivämäärä 2007
Avainsanat clay, drainage water, grass, hydrology, macroporosity, physical properties of soil, ploughing, reduced tllage, soil erosion, stubble cultivation, surface runoff
Rahoitus Maa- ja metsätalousministeriö, Salaojituksen Tukisäätiö, EU, MTT
Sivut No 4, pp. 332-351
Volyymi 16
Kieli englanti
Saatavuus Surface runoff, subsurface drainflow and soil erosion as affected by tillage in a clayey Finnish soil

Conservation tillage practices were tested against autumn mouldboard ploughing for differences in physical properties of soil, surface runoff, subsurface drainflow and soil erosion. The study (1991 -2001) was performed on a gently (2%) sloping clayey soil of southern Finland, with two replicates of the tillage treatments on 0.5 ha plots. The annual shares of surface runoff of the total flow (surface runoff + subsurface drainflow) were 842% for ploughing (depth 2023 cm), 3666% for shallow autumn stubble cultivation (depth 58 cm) and 3682% for soil left untilled over winter. Surface runoff increased with decrease in the tillage intensity, and in line with the values of depressional water storage, macroporosity and saturated hydraulic conductivity. Erodibility of this gently sloping soil was at highest after autumn and spring tillage operations and decreased with time. Shallow autumn tillage produced erosion as high as mouldboard ploughing (4071700 kg ha1yr1), but 48% and 12% lower erosion levels were measured from plots left untilled in autumn, covered by grass or barley residues, respectively. Eroded soil particles moved relatively freely to the subsurface drains, which carried 3794% of the annual soil losses from the field. The study shows that even on the relatively flat clayey soils typical for southern Finland, tillage has a great influence on soil losses. The frequency of tillage needs to be reduced rather than the depth of tillage on clayey soils with poor water conductivity and structural stability if soil loss is to be diminished by conservation tillage.