Evaluation of Pipeline Installation on Crop Productivity in Ohio


Numerous natural gas pipelines have been installed in across Ohio and neighboring states with installation to continue over the next several years. These installations have collectively resulted in a large amount of soil disturbance in the state, but the lasting effects of this disturbance on crop productivity, if any, is largely unknown. 
We are conducting a study to better understand the impacts of the Rover, Utopia and Nexus pipelines on soil properties and crop productivity. Watch Theresa present her work here:

Pipeline soil disturbance






We are taking a comprehensive approach to this study, which includes:

  • Sampling farmers fields with pipelines installed to compare soil and crops over the pipeline vs. adjacent unaffected areas
  • Conducting a state-wide survey to better understand farmer's experiences working pipeline companies
  • Expanding our ground-truthed on-farm work through analysis of yield maps and remote sensed satellite imagery


A preliminary report from the 2020 field season can be found here.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Theresa Brehm at brehm.112@osu.edu or (614) 706-2037.