Edge of Field Buffers

What are Edge of Field Buffers?

USGS Edge-of-field monitoring

Edge-of-field buffers focuses on identifying and reducing agricultural sources of excess nutrients which can threaten the health of streams, rivers, and lakes. Edge-of-field buffers assesses the quantity and quality of agricultural runoff and evaluates the effectiveness of conservation practices that aim to reduce nutrient loss.

Why Plant Buffers and Borders?

Buffers/Field Borders and Wildlife

They can improve income on cropland or pasture, reduce risks from damaging insects, reduce pollutants in runoff water and restore beneficial farmland wildlife and pollinators.