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Research Project: Quantifying Edge-of-Field Water Quality Impacts of Agricultural Production Practices

Location: Soil Drainage Research

Project Number: 5080-13210-002-09-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Sep 22, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2020

The objective of this research is to quantify the effects of various agricultural production practices on surface and subsurface discharge and water quality and to identify those practices that are best suited to decrease N and P loads to Lake Erie and other water bodies across the state and Midwest.

A paired edge-of-field approach will be used to assess and quantify the impacts of various practices. Once EOF sampling equipment is installed, data will be collected for one crop rotation (baseline period) at which time a management change will be implemented on one of the fields in the pair. Then data will be collected for an additional crop rotation at which time a statistical assessment and quantification of the practice can be evaluated.