Scientists are studying how soil structure and soil ecosystem health improve farm fields over a three-year period after shifting from conventional tillage practices to cover cropping. They are also measuring changes in the amount of water, sediment, and nutrient runoff that result from the shift to cover cropping. At the conclusion of the project, watershed scaling models will be used to promote cover crops as a best management practice for mitigating pollution of streams and downstream estuaries.
Funded by: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Principal Investigator: Bernard W. Sweeney
- 2017–2018: Matthew J. Ehrhart, Melinda D. Daniels, Jinjun Kan, and David B. Arscott
- 2015–2016: Matthew J. Ehrhart, Anthony K. Aufdenkampe, and David B. Arscott
Project Years: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018