Edge-of-field research project

Project Goal: The goal of this project is to improve water quality while maintaining crop productivity.

Project Objective: The main objective of this project is to investigate the effectiveness of conservation drainage practices to reduce nutrient loss from subsurface-drained farms.

Project Method: Our project consists of three on-farm experimental sites in the River Raisin watershed that includes two sites with controlled drainage and one site with a saturated buffer. We are monitoring nitrate, total phosphorus and dissolved reactive phosphorus in subsurface drainage discharge.

Project Sponsors:

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Project Partner:

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Location of the three on-farm sites in Michigan:

map of sites


A photo of a cup with algae in Lake Erie
A photo of a cup with algae in Lake Erie (photo credit: Ehsan Ghane, 2019)