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Research Project: Cropping Systems for Enhanced Sustainability and Environmental Quality in the Upper Midwest

Location: Agroecosystems Management Research

Title: Riparian land-use and stream bank erosion within grazed pastures in southern Iowa, USA

item TUFEKCIOGLU, MUSTAFA - Artvin Coruh University
item ISENHART, THOMAS - Iowa State University
item SCHULTZ, RICHARD - Iowa State University
item Kovar, John
item RUSSELL, JAMES - Iowa State University

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/19/2015
Publication Date: 3/21/2015
Citation: Tufekcioglu, M., Isenhart, T.M., Schultz, R.C., Kovar, J.L., Russell, J. 2015. Riparian land-use and stream bank erosion within grazed pastures in southern Iowa, USA. Frontiers in Environmental and Water Management Proceedings. In: Zaimes, G.N, editor. New Frontiers in Environmental and Water Management; March 19-21, 2015, Kavala, Greece.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Riparian land-uses such as cropping and grazing are major agricultural practices that have impacts on stream bank erosion. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of riparian land use considered in both field and catchment scale on stream bank erosion within grazed riparian pasture sites in the Southern Iowa Drift Plain. Thirteen cooperating beef cow-calf farms and their catchments in the Rathbun Lake watershed in South Central Iowa were chosen to conduct this study. Stream bank erosion rates were determined during three years using the erosion pin method. Although no relation was found between grazing practices (stocking rates) and bank erosion, there were some correlations between bank erosion rates and both stream bank soil texture and catchment stream length.