Illinois’ Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) aims to reduce nutrient losses to the Mississippi River Basin by 45% by 2025. For farmers and retailers, this means having a plan in place to decrease nutrient loss in the soil, specifically for phosphorus and nitrate-nitrogen. Jean Payne and Dan Schaefer of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association hosted a webinar to discuss the NLRS, the 4Rs and tips that growers can use on their own farms to manage nutrient loss.
The NLRS not only influences points farther south down to the Gulf of Mexico, but local water quality as well.
4Rs: Right source, Right rate, Right time, Right place.
If applying nitrogen in fall, make sure soil temperature is below 50 degrees.
Never apply nitrogen on snow or frozen ground.
Apply fertilizer in spring and fall, and test soil in spring to prepare for fall.
One CEU in Soil & Water Management is available for viewing this webinar.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.