19 Aug 2020

Illinois NREC Announces Recipients of 2021 Research Funding

The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council recently awarded $4,037,640 in research grants for the 2021 Fiscal Year. Research focused on various practices and processes related to nutrient efficiency are the focus of the 34 newly funded projects.

Each year, Illinois farmers are assessed $.75/ton on bulk fertilizer sold in the state. Agricultural retailers work with Illinois NREC to collect the funds which are then invested in research and outreach activities. The Council was formed in 2012 and since that time has invested nearly $27M into this important research. The Council is funding 9 new projects and 25 projects that are ongoing and build on previous years of work. Proposals were submitted to the Council based on an RFP (Request for Proposal) that was developed by the Council and Research Committee. The Council and Research Committee then work with staff and outside peer reviewers to evaluate each project, review the objectives and methodology and then award the funding. NREC Research projects typically fall into four major categories: 4R’s – applying the right source of fertilizer, at the right rate, right time, and right place, Cover Crops, Edge of Field Practices, and Novel/Innovative approaches to nutrient utilization.

You can find a full listing of the 2021 funded projects here: 2021 Research Projects

14 Aug 2020

LaSalle County hosts virtual field day

July 21, 2020

David and Jim Isermann share research on their farm using struvite as an alternative to traditional phosphorus field applications. Partners from Farm Bureau, Isermann Farms, University of Illinois, Illinois NREC and Soil Health Partnership all play a role in studying the Isermanns’ LaSalle County plot. Scroll down for the videos at this link: http://www.ilfb.org/lasalle

23 Mar 2020

Missed the Spring Nitrogen Webinar? You can view the archived version here

On Friday March 20, 2020 Dr. Emerson held a webinar helping farmers and retailers prepare for nitrogen fertilizer decisions as we inch closer to Spring field work and the planting of the 2020 crop.

The pdf’s from the presentation are available here: Spring N Mgt webinar March 2020 and you can also view/hear the archived webinar at this link: March 20 2020 Spring N Webinar Archive . Those needing CEU’s can self-report 1 CEU in Nutrient Management.



20 Feb 2020

Four Students Recognized for their Research Posters

SPRINGFIELD, IL.  February 20, 2020. The Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) recognized four students for outstanding presentation of their nutrient management research. The awards, voted on by professionals and by attendees, were decided on Thursday, February 13 at NREC’s annual research forum – NREC Investment Insight LIVE.  Each student will receive an NREC portable charger for their recognition.

“Each graduate student’s poster was evaluated on its presentation quality, originality, interpretation of results, and how well the student communicated their results,” Shani Golovay said.  Dr. Golovay is NREC’s research manager. Evaluators were drawn from the attendees who have a history of reviewing posters.  “We also decided a People’s Choice award for one student’s effort,” she added.

The three students receiving professionally-juried awards were:

  • First place: Taylor Berkshire for “Removing Dissolved Phosphorus with P-Sorbing Materials.” Berkshire is a student at the University of Illinois.
  • Second place (tie): Corey Lacey for “Investigation of Fate of Cereal Rye Residue and Fertilizer N within a Corn and Soybean Rotation.” Lacey is a student at Illinois State University.
  • Second place (tie): Allan Hertzberger for “Struvite” a Slow Release Phosphorus Source of Illinois Corn and Soybeans.” Hertzberger is a student at the University of Illinois.

Richard Roth, a student at Purdue University, received the People’s Choice award for his “A Long-Term Evaluation of Nitrogen Application Timing and Cover Crops Impacts on the Fate and Availability of Nitrogen Fertilizer and Crop Production on Tile Drained Fields.”

Copies of the posters from the 27 student who participated will be on the NREC web site at www.illinoisnrec.org in the coming days.


The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) was created by state statute in 2012. Funded by a 75-cent per ton assessment on bulk fertilizer sold in Illinois, NREC provides financial support for nutrient research and education programs to ensure the discovery and adoption of practices that address environmental concerns, optimize nutrient use efficiency, and ensure soil fertility. A 13-member NREC Council annually solicits, reviews and funds projects that fulfill the organization’s mission.