SITE UPDATED 5/12/2017
NEW! WET WEATHER CROP UPDATE. What may happen as a result of the wet, cold weather? Read and find out what may happen and how to deal with it.
(Click anywhere on this message).
NEW! N MANAGEMENT UPDATE
There is reason for concern when it comes to N loss so far this cropping year. Couple the warmer-than-expected winter temperatures with above normal precipitation for April and we have a recipe for potential N loss prior to crop utilization whether by leaching or denitrification. Leaching is not considered a primary avenue of N loss in East Central Illinois (other than coarse-textured soil). However, significant subsurface field tiling over the past 5-6 years has created new outlets for water to leave the field more quickly, many times accompanied by solutes that tend to move freely with water, such as nitrate-N. Although subsurface tile are considered an asset to higher crop yields, the economic and environmental cost associated with N loss has yet to be assessed. Denitrification is the primary N loss process common of the poorly-drained soils of east-central Illinois. Research has demonstrated that 5-6% of soil nitrate-N can be lost daily when soils are warm and saturated. With over 80% of the soil plant-available N currently in the nitrate-N form (based upon 70 N-TRACKER sites in east-central Illinois), the amount of N that has the potential to be lost on a daily basis is substantial.
NEW! LATE SPRING NITRATE TEST. Learn more about the Late Spring Nitrate Test (LSNT) or sign-up for a sampling site (Click Here).
ILLINI FS CROP SPECIALISTS - Visit Illini FS under the "Member Cooperatives" tab above to learn about a new N-TRACKER Program now available; Is The N Still There?.
Spring Nitrogen Management Webinar & MRTN Updates
CLICK HERE for a Spring Nitrogen Management Webinar featuring NREC funded research updates from Dr. Emerson Nafziger at the UI. The Illinois Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) site has also been updated with the results of recent rate trials and features a new map of Illinois. Click here to see the new map and enter the MRTN website.
let us help you Develop Your Nutrient Utilization Strategy
"Improving Nutrient Stewardship is not about reducing what is applied, it's about utilization of what is applied." The Nutrient Utilization Strategy Approach provides a way to look for higher sustainable yields while minimizing environmental impact. It is new approach to reducing nutrient losses with a focus on farm profitability, something that is a requirement to sustain voluntary stewardship changes. Let us help develop your personal Nutrient Stewardship Story with our new approach.
GREAT NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP LINKS
Web Soil Survey. Explore properties of soils found in local fields or in fields where you have an interest in learning more about... all from the tips of your fingers (or thumbs).
Local Watershed Info. Find information about your local watershed. Learn what groups are actively helping preserve water quality. Site created for U.S. EPA.
We believe that data collected identifying a participant or field location is the property of the farmer. Farmers grant Illini FS permission to only use their data in a non-identifiable anonymous form.
PARIS HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM
Illini FS continues to reach-out to area high school ag teachers in an effort to help promote learning about nutrient stewardship and inspire young minds to consider careers related to Illinois agriculture. Farming is more than planting seeds and selling grain. Illini FS is striving to improve the stewardship aspects of farming through outreach and education.