August 20, 2020
St. Clair County farmer Paul Beisiegel and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) researcher Karl Williard discuss the use of flue gas desulfurization gypsum to potentially improve water quality, soil structure and crop production in Illinois agriculture. Partners from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC), Illinois Farm Bureau, St. Clair County Farm Bureau, SIUC, Wyciskalla Consulting and Boral North America all play a role in the research project. Watch the field day coverage.
August 14, 2020
Stephen Anderson recently gave insights into his ongoing research project studying drainage water management and its potential to reduce nutrient runoff. Partners include Farm Bureau, Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council, and University of Illinois. Each play a role in studying Anderson’s Shelby County field plot. Watch the field day coverage here.
July 21, 2020
David and Jim Isermann share research on their farm using struvite as an alternative to traditional phosphorus field applications. Partners from Farm Bureau, Isermann Farms, University of Illinois, Illinois NREC and Soil Health Partnership all play a role in studying the Isermanns’ LaSalle County plot.
May 6, 2019
Dr. Reid Christianson’s research project: Reducing P Loss in Southern Illinois: Producers, Practices and Productivity is using this sand/erosion demonstration prop to show where water will go when modifying the landscape. It will serve as a teaching tool also – especially for the general public to understanding how land modification in one place can dramatically impact water movement.
April 2, 2019
Jon Schoonover with Southern Illinois University has designed a unique Saturated Buffer configuration that he has installed and testing in Moultrie County Illinois. The project is funded by NREC in partnership with Illinois Farm Bureau, Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) and others.
Field Notes – Fall 2018
An excerpt from our “Who is NREC” video – Chairman Jeff Kirwan of Mercer County Illinois gives a little background on NREC and why it’s important for Illinois agriculture to understand its goals and purpose to help Illinois meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.
Field Notes – Fall 2018 What is the MRTN
Steve Stierwalt, a farmer from Champaign County Illinois talks about the value of a new nutrient management tool – developed with funding from NREC. Steve emphasizes that good planning and having the knowledge of what the most efficient rate of nitrogen to apply to corn is good for farmer’s profitability and good for the environment.
Field Notes – Fall 2018 Good Stewardship
Steve Stierwalt, a farmer from Champaign County Illinois shares how important it is to be efficient with nitrogen application – it’s good for the environment.
Field Notes – Fall 2018
John Pike, an agronomist from southern Illinois discusses the value of the Maximum Rate to Nitrogen (MRTN) tool developed with funding from NREC.
November 2018 – What is MRTN
Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) is an NREC-funded program that helps farmers and retailers maximize their use of fertilizer – both economically and environmentally. The program is now available as a free APP from the Apple Store.
December 2017 – Edge of Field Practices
Ever wondered what it means when we say “Edge of Field”? In the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy there are three main practices defined as “edge of field”. They are bioreactors, wetlands, and buffers. This video provides a quick overview of each of these practices.
November 2017 Terminating Cover Crops
Mercer County Illinois farmer Chad Bell explains how he terminates a cereal rye cover crop ahead of a corn field.
August 2017 – Woodchip Bioreactor Installation
Jeff Kirwan – Illinois Farm Bureau district director and Illinois NREC Chairman gives an overview of his woodchip bioreactor.
August 2017 What is a Woodchip Bioreactor
Dr Laura Christianson with the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois describes what a woodchip bioreactor is and how it works to denitrify tile water.
June 2016 Cover Crop Webinar
Learn more about the agronomic, environmental, and economic aspects of cover crops from Dr. Shalamar Armstrong
March 2016 Illinois NREC Presents P Runoff Study
With funding from Illinois NREC, a team of researchers at the University of Illinois Crop Sciences have looked into Phosphorus that is lost through runoff from rain events. This webinar was held in March 2016 and is a summary of the findings.
LIVE FROM 2018 ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU ANNUAL MEETING, CHICAGO
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Jon Schoonover from Southern Illinois University presents information on continuing and new NREC-funded research at the December 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau meeting in Chicago. His new research includes looking at the influence on crop yields and water quality of WASCoBs.
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Catherine O’Reilly presents NREC-funded research results at the Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Chicago in December 2018.
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Rabin Bhattari talks about his NREC-funded research at the Illinois Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Chicago, December 2018. His presentation was among nine NREC researchers who participated in the Micro Sessions.
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Shalamar Armstrong makes a presentation on NREC-funded research at the Illinois Farm Bureau’s December 2018 annual meeting. He talked about cover crops, nitrogen application timing, release and uptake.
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Kaiyu Guan from the University of Illinois talks about NREC-funded research at the December 2018 Ill. Farm Bureau annual meeting. His presentation is focused on cover crops.
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Amir Sadeghpour presents his NREC-funded research at the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting in Chicago. Dr. Sadeghpour talks about nitrogen management.
Live from Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting: Dr. Andrew Margenot speaks at the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting, updating the audience on his NREC-funded research on evaluating the slow release of P fertilizers to increase crop production and environmental quality.