While many factors and sources affect water quality, Ohio’s agricultural organizations, including the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program are investing more than $1 million to conduct on-farm, edge-of-field testing in partnership with The Ohio State University, OSU Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.
The research, already in progress, is monitoring surface runoff and sub-surface drainage from the edges of fields. How phosphorus moves from fields to waterways has never before been explored in such detail in Ohio. The results will be used to identify and rank farming practices that are most effective in keeping nutrients on the field and out of waterways, helping farmers to reduce runoff and improve Ohio’s waterways.
Technology and advanced farm equipment are also helping farmers accurately apply the right source of fertilizer at the right time, in the right place and with the right amount – thus producing more with less. This is known as 4R stewardship.
The grain organizations support education and research that will help Ohio farmers to keep nutrients on the land, and are dedicated to continuously improving their practices to reduce the impact that farming may have on Ohio’s waterways.