Harmful Algae Still Active in Winter

Dr. Mike McKay, professor of biology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, has been researching algae in Lake Erie and notes that algae simply does not dissipate in winter, but rather sits at the bottom of the lake with sediment in a semi-hibernation state, “So the microcystis that we are all so familiar with is often recruited from the sediment of the lake bottom during the summer.” McKay states farmers are increasing acres that incorporate cover crops, variable rate technology fertilizer application, strip-tillage and other methods to mitigate nutrient runoff that comes from heavy spring rains, which ultimately feed algal bloom production. Watch the clip here to learn more!

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