Ditches latest tool to control nitrogen runoff from farms
November 1, 2012
UMCES Staff Cited:
William Collier steers his tractor across MD Route 312 in Henderson, MD, following a well-worn path through acres of high corn and green soybeans. He idles the engine when he reaches his destination: a square cover near a ditch, sitting among deep weeds.
It doesn't look like much, but the technology underneath the cover is something worth seeing. It helps to reduce the nitrogen-laden runoff that enters the ditch, which protects streams and rivers. In dry times, it also helps the farmer conserve his water. In wet times, and during storms, it protects the crops from floods.
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