Conservation tillage is widely promoted because it has been demonstrated to help reduce erosion. But soil conservation concerns must be balanced against the possibility that such tillage may allow greater chemical leaching (removal of fertilizers and pesticides from the root zone of the soil by downward-percolating water), thus degrading water quality.
James L. Baker
Patricia L. Boddy
Year of Grant Completion
Baker, James L. and Boddy, Patricia L., "Nitrate and herbicide leaching as affected by conservation tillage" (1992). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 5.