The Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) met in December to determine what projects would be funded for 2018. The Council reviewed recommendations made by the NREC Research Committee to determine their choices and how each new project fit within NREC’s priorities. In total, eight new projects were funded for 2018 with 18 ongoing projects that received continuing funding. Click here for a list of funded projects for 2018. 2018 NREC Projects
On October 31, 2017 Dr. Emerson Nafziger hosted a webinar providing an update on Nitrogen utilization in the 2017 crop and setting expectations for how to manage Nitrogen applications for the 2018 crop. You can view the 50 minute webinar here or download the slides below.
This publication is a great resource for those who are interested in planting a cover crop but are not sure where to start. It is a road map for planting a cover crop ahead of soybeans and helps farmers navigate the issues that may impact the success of a cover crop.
With funding from NREC, University of Illinois researchers released updated P&K grain numbers, changing the recommended rates of these nutrients. Learn more here
As major phosphorus-related water impairments continue to generate headlines and stir regulatory interest, there is an increasing need to better understand factors impacting phosphorus (P) transported from areas where agriculture is heavily underpinned by tile drainage. Substantial opportunities to reduce Illinois’ point-source P loads exist, but the agricultural sector will nevertheless need to play a role in meeting P reduction targets.
Developed by: Dr. Laura Christianson, Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
Illinois Water Resources Center
While in-field practices such as 4Rs nitrogen management and cover crops will be vital to meeting agricultural water quality goals, as substantial investments in drainage systems continue to be made, edge-of-field practices like bioreactors will also be a necessary part of the solution. Inside a bioreactor, provision of a solid organic carbon source in addition to maintenance of anoxic conditions allows the natural process of denitrification to be enhanced, meaning waters leaving these treatment systems have significantly reduced nitrate loads.