Multistate study measures effectiveness of conservation practices

Multistate study measures effectiveness of conservation practices

A six-year multi-state study is measuring the differences between soil management practices.

Dennis Busch with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville tells Brownfield they are evaluating how a suite of conservation practices in a soil health management system influence soil health, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and farm productivity. “We measure the total volume of runoff and we collect samples that are analyzed, and we look at what the concentration of soil is in the runoff and nutrients, primarily concerned with nitrogen loss and phosphorus loss.”

Busch says his Platteville team is only a couple of years into the study, but they’re already seeing some differences between the two systems. 

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