Location: Soil and Water Management Research
Project Number: 3640-12130-005-01
Start Date: May 31, 2005
End Date: Dec 31, 2008
Turf plots will be maintained using various management practices. Pesticides and fertilizers will be applied according to label rates and industry standards. Runoff, resulting from simulated rainfall, will be collected by automated samplers. Pesticide application rates, and pre- and post-rainfall soil moistures and core samples will be measured and collected. Runoff water will be extracted and analyzed for pesticides and nutrients to determine chemical loading with runoff. In the late fall, fungicides and fertilizer will be applied and runoff resulting from natural rainfall or snow melt will be collected and analyzed for fungicide and nutrient content. These data will then be used to determine which turf management practices are most effective in reducing off-site transport of applied chemicals with surface runoff.