To the Editor: Ohio grain farmers working to control runoff
Written by Terry McClure   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 08:52
There is much discussion about the cause of algae blooms appearing in our state's waterways.
Many factors contribute to the situation, including waste from failed sewer systems and urban-storm runoff. Phosphorus, contained in nutrients that farmers apply to crops, is another element that has been blamed for encouraging algae growth.
Ohio's farmers have invested more than $1 million in new research led by OSU, matched with an additional $1 million by the USDA, to monitor nutrients entering waterways and identify farming practices that keep nutrients on the field.
The research is being conducted at 32 farms along watersheds throughout the state, including the Maumee River, Upper Scioto River and Grand Lake St. Marys. The findings will provide customized recommendations to help farmers make the best choices for the environment and their crops.
Meanwhile, farmers are taking serious action to improve our state's waterways. Many employ the four "R's" of nutrient management, applying the right type and amount of fertilizer at the right time and place.
Ohio grain farmers pride themselves as stewards of the land and continue to lead the charge for water improvement. We do this because we care for the land and because it is the right thing to do.
Terry McClure
Ohio Soybean Council board member
Grover Hill

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