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.
Many growers across Illinois have wondered what the cold wet weather of Spring 2017 did to Nitrogen in their fields. With funding from Illinois NREC, Dr. Emerson Nafziger has released a bulletin outlining the status of Nitrogen with recommendations for management .The Bulletin_ N Status 51817
Phosphorus Runoff from Surface and Subsurface Fertilizer Applications in No-till and Strip-Till Fields
Kristin Greer updates farmers on a recent project completed by her team at the University of Illinois
Illinois NREC partnered with the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association to highlight research projects being funded by NREC. Each of the presentations are available below.
Learn more about the agronomic, environmental, and economic aspects of cover crops from Dr. Shalamar Armstrong.
Chicago, Illinois – USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released the results of the 2015 Producer Survey which was designed to accurately reflect the nutrient management and conservation practices used for the state Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). The survey questions covered nutrient management strategies, cover crops, edge-of-field practices, use of soil tests, erosion management, and knowledge of certain NLRS components. Farmers were asked to respond based on crop years 2015 and 2011, which was selected as a base year.