State commodity groups in Ohio will be investing more than one million dollars to test whether agricultural runoff is a component in the algae blooms reported in the state’s waterways.  The Ohio Soybean Council is joining with other small grain groups, and the state corn growers to conduct on-farm, edge of field testing in partnership with OhioStateUniversity and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

The research will monitor surface runoff, and sub-surface drainage to find how phosphorus moves from fields to waterways.  The results will be used to determine the most effective farming practices in keeping nutrients on fields, and out of lakes and streams.