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Switching to agricultural practices that call for less plowing can benefit the environment in the long run

Recent research published in the American Society of Agronomy evaluated the effect of changing agricultural methods to the water quality of a lake in southwestern Ohio. The study aimed to determine if switching cultivation methods could improve water quality. For a decade, researchers analyzed samples from Action Lake and measured the levels of suspended sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus.  During the early 1990s, the Action Lake in southwestern Ohio was extremely grimy. Cornfields and soybean farms surround the lake, and sediments from these farms would travel from nearby streams to Action Lakes’ watershed. In turn, this eroded nearby landscapes and filled the lake with mud.  Read more....

 

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