- The study was published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation this week. The comprehensive study was undertaken in a collaborative effort from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS), the Agriculture Research Service(ARS) and multiple other parties including universities, agencies and organizations.
- The research included 15 peer-reviewed research papers, and two feature articles involving analysis of watershed study results spanning 15 years in CEAP assessments of watersheds. The results measured included reduction of sediment and nutrients lost in runoff, improvement in soil quality and improved understanding of conservation practices to mitigate contaminant losses.
- This took place across America, including places such as Central Mississippi River Basin which combined no-till and cover crop practices to reduce sediment loss by 87% and nitrate loss by 57%. Choptank Watershed in the Chesapeake Bay documented crop cover techniques for corn and soybean cover to confirm a 25% reduction to nitrate leaching from cropland over ten years.
To see the full article, or to see the full report findings, click the links below.
To full report, https://www.jswconline.org/content/75/3/57A