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Research Project: BIOGEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES AND SOIL MANAGEMENT IMPACTS ON SOIL EROSION, SOIL/AIR/WATER QUALITY, AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Location: National Soil Erosion Research

Project Number: 5020-12000-013-00-D
Project Type: In-House Appropriated

Start Date: Oct 1, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2015

Objective:
1) Mitigate the impacts of soil drainage conditions on soil quality, soil erodibility, nutrient cycling and pesticide dynamics. 2) Develop control practices for soil erosion and specifically ephemeral gully erosion. 3) Optimize the benefits of innovative farming systems, including biofuel production, on soil water dynamics, soil and water quality, soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Approach:
Conduct laboratory and field experiments to quantify the impact of soil drainage on soil and water quality, erodibility, nutrient cycling and pesticides dynamics. Develop practices to control soil ephemeral gully and other forms of water erosion. Develop through experimentation new innovative farming systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while optimizing benefits to production, soil and water quality and reducing erosion.