Correlating Land Management to Soil Health, Water Quality, and Nutrition

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2019: $6,137.00
Projected End Date: 02/28/2021
Grant Recipient: Edward S. Kaderly Farm
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
Project Coordinator:
Edward Kaderly
Edward S. Kaderly Farm


  • Agronomic: corn, hay, soybeans


  • Production Systems: Conservation practices

    Proposal summary:

    Our project will correlate land management to soil health, water quality, and crop nutrition by comparing soil microbial community structure and key soil chemical and physical properties in conventional and conservation agricultural fields and crops in three impaired watersheds in the Lower Sugar River Watershed in Green County, WI.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Collect soil cores to minimum 12” depth for lab analysis and document management practices in three conventional and three conservation fields growing corn, hay, and beans in impaired tributary basins in the Lower Sugar River (SP11):
      • North Fork Juda Branch (WBIC 877700)
      • OK Creek (WBIC 877200)
      • Spring Creek (WBIC 877000)
    2. Conduct three public Watershed Field Days, one in each basin during year-two growing season, with partners LSRWA, Grande Cheese Company, and Applied Ecological Services.
    3. Prepare three educational posters representing the results from each basin, for presentation in local school districts and public venues.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.