Project ID



The project considered what types and configurations of vegetative buffers might be effective in slowing soil loss at a Loess Hills site.

Key Question

Will a planted buffer combined with periodic harvest of trees reduce phosphorus loss to adjacent stream, and prevent stream extension into the field?


A planted buffer (grass and trees) with periodic harvest of the cottonwood trees allowed phosphorus entrapment and removal before reaching the stream. Also, the stream did not extend further into the field as had occurred in the past.

Principal Investigator(s)

J.M. Kelly


Sally Logsdon, Mike Burkhart

Year of Grant Completion