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Saturated Buffers in Northwest Ohio: Reducing Field Drainage for Improved Water Quality

A saturated buffer is an edge-of-field conservation practice that is intended to remove nitrate and other potential nutrients from subsurface field tile drainage in farm fields before it enters ditches, streams, and other surface waters. It’s a critical conservation practice that’s capable of reducing nut…

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Sealing Abandoned Water Wells

Sealing Abandoned Water Wells Abandoned or unused water wells can be found almost anywhere: on farms, industrial sites, and in urban areas. While they may have once served a purpose, they are often abandoned when access to groundwater is no longer needed, when homes are connected to community water supplies, …

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Improving Water Quality From Home

Nitrogen and phosphorus are essential nutrients all living things require. However, an overabundance of these nutrients in both ground and surface water can lead to dense plant and algae growth in lakes and other bodies of water, resulting in toxins in drinking water and excessive nutrient richness in lakes t…

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Wetlands: A Powerful Tool for Conservation

Near the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in northwest Ohio, you’ll find a series of peaceful walking paths winding around panoramic wetland areas that dot the landscape. You’ll most likely see a native flycatcher perching over the water, spot a painted turtle basking on a log and hear the soft crackle of c…

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Protecting Water Quality Between the Rows

To demonstrate the potential of in-crop manure application as a replacement to purchased fertilizer, Duane and Anthony Stateler of Stateler Family Farms in McComb, Ohio, conducted a field trial in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension to compare the outcomes of an in-crop manure application to …

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Steeling Phosphorus: An Update on Blind Inlet Conservation

Chad Penn, a research soil scientist with the USDA-ARS, is evaluating the water quality effects of using steel slag, a byproduct from steel manufacturing, as an alternative to limestone in blind inlets to remove dissolved phosphorus, nitrogen and herbicides. …

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From the Ground Up: Constructing an Animal Mortality Composting Facility

Creating an optimal environment in which microorganisms can convert organic material into compost that can be used as a soil amendment or fertilizer relies heavily on the construction of the facility. Stateler Family Farms worked with the Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to plan and constru…

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2 Reasons to Seal Abandoned Water Wells

Abandoned or unused water wells can be found almost anywhere: on farms, industrial sites, and in urban areas. You may be able to easily spot a water well when they are marked by a windmill tower or an old hand pump. Others are not so clearly marked. Many abandoned water wells may lie hidden beneath weeds and …

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Reducing Nutrient and Sediment Loss: Part 4

Research shows that phosphorus is leaving the farm via water, through both surface and subsurface runoff. Implementing practices that slow, stop and/or treat water before it exits the farm can greatly reduce phosphorus discharge downstream. However, the unpredictability of the weather can make this difficult.…

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Five Years In: An Update on the Conservation Practices’ Research & Results

To dive into the latest research and results from the Ohio Demonstration Farm sites, take a look at our 2021 Project Update. What you’ll find inside: Ohio’s Water Quality Problem About the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network How to Improve Quality through Reliable Conservation Practices Th…

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