04 Dec 2018

Cover crops and water quality

In a field-size study area, Dr. Williard and his team are in the middle of a multi-year project at Southern Illinois University farms to look at relationships between cover crops and N availability to corn. What they have learned so far is that cereal rye is an effective scavenger of nitrogen, reducing the amount of nitrate that leached via soil water. Click here for the latest.  Cover Crops and Water Quality – Williard

Visit the NREC Facebook page to view a video of Dr. Williard presenting his research at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December of 2018.

04 Dec 2018

New saturated buffer designs

Building upon past research, Dr. Schoonover and his team are demonstrating an alternative design of saturated buffers that address commonly encountered issues with the Best Management Practices (BMP) of saturated buffers. This new research will look at the alternative designs, as well as installation requirements and effectiveness under various field and climatic conditions. The research is taking place in Moultrie County. Saturated Buffers – Schoonover

22 Jan 2018

NREC announces 2018 research funding

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