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Research Project: Environmental Risks and Benefits of Grass Buffer Strips to Mitigate Nutrient Losses

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-13610-030-007-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2020
End Date: Sep 30, 2021

The overall objective is to evaluate the environmental risks and benefits of switchgrass and Miscanthus buffers planted on marginal farmland and near-stream areas to reduce soil phosphorus saturation and nutrient losses from farmland.

This project will be conducted in collaboration with NRCS, poultry producers, and extension specialists in Delaware and Maryland. Soil, water, and plant samples will be collected over a two-year period. Lysimeters will be installed at strategic locations. Analytical and processing methods will be validated. A new phosphorus in-situ, real-time sensor will be calibrated, and results validated using collected water samplers. Data will be compiled and assembled with economic, harvest, and agronomic information onto a GIS platform for use in modeling activities.