Salt Effects on Cranberry Soils, Plant Growth and Productivity

The objective of this project is to define the effects of highway de-icing salts on cranberry bogs. Currently, the Massachusetts Highway Department (MassHighway) is using Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) on portions of Route 25 adjacent to cranberry bogs. The cost of CMA is approximately 100 times that of salt. The project goals are to define both chronic and acute salt levels that can lead to adverse growth and yield on cranberries. These levels will become the analysis standard for samples from water bodies used for cranberry production. Effects of salt loading on cranberry soil chemistry will also be investigated.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation

      Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza
      Boston, MA  USA  02116
    • Project Managers:

      Pepin, Stephen

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Massachusetts, Amherst

      Amherst, MA  USA  01003
    • Principal Investigators:

      DeMoranville, Carolyn

    • Start Date: 19981001
    • Actual Completion Date: 20041231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 9735

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460768
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:32PM