The Maryland Soybean Board is funding a multi-year project lead by the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor the nutrient quality and the age of groundwater as it leaves farm fields along the Upper Chester River continues in Queen Anne’s County.
The $39,923 soybean checkoff grant was one of a total of 10 grants totaling $180,887 authorized by the board before spring planting.
USGS investigators are monitoring the groundwater that percolates through the ground from both irrigated and dryland corn and soybean fields. They want to know what’s in that water in the way of nutrients – fertilizers - and how long it takes that water to get from the field to the stream.
The research is being supported also by the Maryland Grain Producers Association and is expected to take another two years to complete.