Using cover crops shows the potential to reduce nutrient loss, but most of this research has been done at the plot or field scale levels. This project explores whether the use of cover crops can effectively be scaled up to the watershed – not just a field – and whether the addition of cover crops alone, with no other changes in farm management, can improve surface water quality. An overview of Dr. O’Reilly’s research can be found here: Catherine O’Reilly
The app version of the Illinois MRTN (Maximum Return to Nitrogen) Rate Calculator has recently been updated with current research values from research conducted under the direction of Dr. Emerson Nafziger and with the on-farm work of Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association.
The update also supports new iOS versions and improves usability.
You can download/update the app from the Apple App Store by searching for MRTN Rate Calculator or by clicking this link.
In the first five years of NREC hundreds of nitrogen rate trials have been conducted across Illinois. This research has resulted in a new publication: “Using the Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) System in Illinois”.
This guide explains the terminology and the process for determining the Maximum Return to Nitrogen
(MRTN), which is the N rate that maximizes the dollar return to N. It also addresses commonly asked
questions and dispel myths about nitrogen use, all in an effort to support sound agronomic principles, and
to increase economic return while respecting our environment.
The guide can be downloaded here or you can request printed copies by filling out this short form.
With harvest winding down in most of Illinois after another year with high to very high yields, it’s time to review some basics of fall fertilization. Neither fertilizer nor grain prices are historically high, so there’s reason to be aware of costs while making sure to cover the nutrient basics.
Illinois NREC is seeking input from our stakeholders as we work to develop our 2019 Research Priorities. Input from last year’s survey helped to identify several new projects and expand existing research into Southern Illinois. Please take a few minutes to add your thoughts to the dialogue. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRECResearch19
Illinois NREC is working hard to bring you research results and answer questions that you have about farming practices that can help address the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. These monthly one-pagers help bridge the gap between research and real-world application. Investment Insight May 2018_FINAL
Thanks to Dr. Emerson Nafziger for this comprehensive update on his NREC-funded Nitrogen research.