Research Projects

Prediction for a smaller bloom in 2020

“Prior to the recent rain events of the past week, the soil moisture was lower and there was water holding capacity available in the soils of the Maumee River watershed.” – Aaron Wilson, Climate Specialist with OSU Extension, and Research Scientist at Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.

Crimping Cover Crops

“The advantages of crimpers are they kill cover crops mechanically, suppress weeds by forming a mulch, decrease hot summer soil temperatures, conserve soil moisture, decreases soil erosion,  and add organic matter.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Using P removal structures to treat tile drainage water

By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field Leader: a project of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean checkoff Legacy phosphorus has been a buzzword among farmers …

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

Phosphorus progress in Ohio

“Decreasing long-term STP trends and P balance is good news for Ohio farmers and all Ohioans interested in improving Ohio surface water quality. These results suggest that Ohio farmers are taking steps to manage P inputs and STP. Continued success will result in reduced P runoff and move Ohio closer to achieving water quality targets.” – Libby Dayton, OSU Extension

The Blanchard River Watershed Network conducts in-field research and serves as a conservation resource for farmers in Ohio

Factors that influence nutrient loss

“The big picture is that excess P and N fuel algal blooms and have negative impacts. Excess P and N fertilize the algal blooms which eventually die and decompose stripping oxygen from the water causing hypoxic zones. There are over 400 different hypoxic zones found in the world today.” – Brittany Hanrahan, research biologist with the ARS Soil Drainage Research Unit in Ohio

Strip-Till Advantages

The American Society of Agronomy describes strip till as “Strip-till is in between the two systems (No-till and Conventional Till) where you combine the benefits of each” and a compromise between strict no-till and conventional tillage.

Compaction or Poor Soil Structure?

“Cover crop roots may increase water infiltration down 3 feet or deeper to improve water drainage.” – James J. Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Reducing Phosphorus Runoff

“Recently, researchers have concentrated mainly on Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus because it flows with the water and is easily Harmful Algal Bloom absorbed. ” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

Adapting to Extreme Weather

“Growing winter cover crops with evapotranspiration may dry the soil quicker.” – James Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services

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