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NRCS: Your Soil Health Journey

A growing number of farmers and ranchers from across the country are using cover crops and soil health management systems to improve the health and productivity of their soil.

By |May 26, 2022|

More than One Way to Add to Nutrient Stewardship

Submitted by Illinois Farm Bureau Cover crops are becoming increasingly popular to manage nutrients in a corn-soybean rotation. But they are not the only practice farmers can implement to enhance nutrient stewardship. In fact, there are multiple strategies that might fit your farm and magnify your impact. To shed light on some of these strategies, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) sponsored a Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program that featured 21 projects across 28 counties this year. Several county Farm Bureaus hosted field days during the spring and summer to showcase how farmers can improve soil health and water quality to address [...]

By |September 14, 2021|

CRP Grasslands Helps Farmers And Landowners Protect Grassland

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup helps Illinois farmers and landowners protect grassland, including rangeland, and pastureland and others, while maintaining the areas as working grazing lands. Protecting grasslands contributes positively to the economy of many regions across the state, promotes biodiversity of plant and animal populations, and also results in carbon sequestration benefits. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has updated the Grassland signup to a minimum rental rate of $15 per acre, benefitting 1,300 counties. The signup is competitive, and FSA will provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. “Producers can enroll their working [...]

By |August 6, 2021|

Benefits Of Wheat In Corn-Soybean Crop Rotations

This article was originally published by the American Society of Agronomy. View the original article here.  The United States grows a lot of corn and soybeans. Some researchers think it’s a good idea to add wheat into that mix. Long-term tillage, crop rotation, and nitrogen trial at Ridgetown Campus in Ontario, Canada in early July. Credit: Adam Hayes A new study shows including winter wheat once every 4 years in rotations with corn and soybean can have many benefits. The research was recently published in Agronomy Journal. In 2019, farmers across the U.S. harvested corn from 81.5 million acres of farmland. That’s [...]

By |May 24, 2021|

2021 Wheat Crop Reflection

The 2021 wheat crop has the chance of being very good in overall production as well as a very profitable crop this year with the commodity price. To start, the warmer/drier than normal fall allowed the wheat to be planted and emerge in a timely fashion, as well as put on some very decent growth prior to winter. After breaking dormancy in late March, the wheat crop seemed to take off and not look back. Nutrient applications that were made prior to the wheat breaking dormancy provided excellent nutrition for the crop to push through cold, wet, and stressful [...]

By |May 18, 2021|

5 Tips to Cover All the Cover Crop Bases

Submitted by Illinois Farm Bureau Managing nutrients on farms can be accomplished in different ways, depending on what farmers each have to work with in their fields. Farmers can certainly learn from each other, too, what works and what doesn’t. Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) has a program that helps with that exchange. IFB’s Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program this year features 21 projects across 28 counties, and county Farm Bureaus are hosting field days to showcase how farmers improve soil health and water quality to address the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) in the state. The first three events were [...]

By |May 13, 2021|
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