New study will track ways to cut runoff from elevated phosphorus fields

Phosphorous runoff from farm fields is a significant driver of the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie. A new study led by Jay Martin, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering, plans to monitor and manage more than a dozen elevated phosphorus fields in northwest Ohio’s Maumee River watershed. The researchers on this $5 million study, funded by the United State’s Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will partner with nutrient service providers and some of the farmers they work with to identify study  sites that have the needed characteristics. A variety of best management practices will be implemented,  and based on the findings, recommendations will be offered to the farmers and nutrient service providers.

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