04 Dec 2018

Do termination dates influence corn N requirements?

Current N management guidelines in Illinois are not adjusted for inclusion of cover crops especially with different cover crop termination dates. The termination date can influence the decomposition rate of cover crops in a corn cropping system and change the dynamics of N release to the crop. Dr. Amir Sadeghpour of Southern Illinois University leads this project.  Click here for the latest.  cover crops and termination dates – Sadeghpour

04 Dec 2018

How wide? How deep?

Understanding the influence of tile depth and spacing on nutrient loss – does depth or distance count for something?  Research under way by Dr. Rabin Bhattarai from the University of Illinois leads a study investigating how tile depth and spacing variations impact nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) losses. The study evaluates current tile drainage design and assesses negative impacts on tile drainage and N and P losses.  Click here to download a summary of his current research.  How wide, how deep – Bhattarai

04 Dec 2018

Cover cropping on a large scale

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

28 Oct 2018

Updated iOS MRTN Calculator now available

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.

For help in using the app – see these instructions: MRTN Apple App instructions

28 Oct 2018

NEW Guide to Illinois MRTN Available

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.

MRTN Guide – 2018

28 Oct 2018

Notes on Fall Fertilization from University of Illinois

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.

Read the latest research and guidelines here.

You can also view an archived version of Dr. Nafziger’s October 19th webinar. 1 CEU in NM is available. 

 

09 Jul 2018

Can you spare a few moments to take the survey?

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