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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2017, Article ID 5896191, 7 pages
Research Article

Pesticides Usage in the Soil Quality Degradation Potential in Wanasari Subdistrict, Brebes, Indonesia

1Doctoral Program of Environmental Science, School of Postgraduate Studies, Diponegoro University, Semarang City, Indonesia
2Public Health Faculty, Diponegoro University, Semarang City, Indonesia
3Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Diponegoro University, Semarang City, Indonesia
4Faculty of Medicine, Diponegoro University, Semarang City, Indonesia

Correspondence should be addressed to Tri Joko; moc.liamg@pidnuokojirt

Received 17 February 2017; Revised 15 May 2017; Accepted 30 May 2017; Published 3 July 2017

Academic Editor: Marco Trevisan

Copyright © 2017 Tri Joko et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Uncontrolled application of pesticides can contaminate soil and may kill other nontarget organisms. This study aims to determine the usage pattern of pesticides by farmers in Wanasari Subdistrict and study the soil quality degradation potential. This study was a quantitative and qualitative research. Sources of data were collected from observation, questionnaire, and in-depth interview methods. The respondents were shallot farmers who planted shallot during 2013–2016 (). In-depth interview was done with three respondents from the local agricultural extension center (BPP). This study found that there were some different types of insecticides and fungicides that were used in every planting season. The farmers applied pesticides in large amount once every three or four days. They mixed minimally three insecticides and fungicides types about 30–40 ml for each type. Organophosphate residues that were found in soil samples were methidathion residue about 0.014 mg/kg, malathion residue ranging around 0.1370–0.3630 mg/kg, and chlorpyrifos residue in the range of 0.0110–0.0630 mg/kg. The excessive application of pesticides showed the land degradation potential. Soil quality laboratory testing is recommended to ensure the agricultural land condition. Routine assessment of soil quality and pesticide usage control is recommended to keep sustainable ecosystem.