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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Nutrient and Water Cycling in Cranberry Farms

Location: Pasture Systems & Watershed Management Research

Project Number: 8070-13000-013-01
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 01, 2011
End Date: Jun 29, 2015

Objective:
Quantify spatiotemporal dynamics of nutrient and water cycling associated with cranberry production in order to develop improved production practices that reduce water usage and nutrient losses. Leverage existing on-site cranberry bogs for research to better understand hydrological processes of cranberry bogs.

Approach:
Hydrological monitoring stations will be established to quantify the spatial and temporal patterns of water and nutrient cycling in several cranberry bogs. Stations will be instrumented to measure volumetric streamflow and nutrient concentrations in stream water. Also, groundwater wells and soil lysimeters will be installed to characterize the nutrient chemistry of groundwater and soil water in several grower-cooperator bogs. Data will be used to model nutrient and water cycling and test improved production practices.

Last Modified: 11/24/2014
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