Location: Delta Water Management Research Unit
2013 Annual Report
Submitted monitoring proposals for three Mississippi River Basin Initiative Projects for monitoring activity 201/202. These proposals were for locations in the Little River Ditches, Middle Cache and Lower St. Francis Project Areas. Existing edge-of-field monitoring at five paired sites continued through FY 13. In total, 421 samples were collected from 10 monitoring sites in cotton, soybean, and rice. Nutrients analysis was completed on 321 samples during FY 13. Data from the edge-of-field sites has been or will be presented at several conferences by both USDA-ARS and Arkansas State University (ASU) researchers, including Society of Environmental Toxicology (Long Beach, CA), American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (San Francisco, CA), Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting (Ft. Worth, TX), and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (Kansas City, MO). A Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) in collaboration with University of Arkansas for low cost edge-of-field monitoring was funded. A graduate student began research on this project in October of 2012 and is fully funded through the CIG.