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CONSERVATION PRACTICES

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|

Partnership Supports Illinois Agriculture

Is it still possible for Illinois agriculture to meet the goals outlined in the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy? Members of the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership believe it is possible; and their 2021 Annual Report highlights activities that improve soil health and restore local waters.

By |May 25, 2022|

Brazil Drought Impacts Soybean Production

Early season drought issues across Southern Brazil (Mato Grosso Do Sul, Parana, and Rio Grande do Sul) robbed Brazil of a record setting soybean crop for the 2021-22 growing season. Stagnant high-pressure plus a lack of cold fronts moving north out of Argentina led to about 40% of Southern Brazil’s soybean growing area receiving less than 60% of normal rainfall through late January.

By |March 23, 2022|

Protecting the Watershed: Is Collaboration the Key to a Sustainable Future?

Investments in sustainable initiatives are becoming mainstream since long term resilience is a priority for the marketplace. Leaders not only have to focus on day-to-day operations, but also devise and monitor ways to protect critical resources. In agriculture, producers and consumers are moving towards a common goal of water, soil, and yield stewardship. Fortunately, new sustainability strategies and technologies appear in the market daily. However, in order to implement them appropriately, producers must join forces to evaluate options, optimize costs, and execute without hassle. Since water and land are interconnected, and have no sense of man-made property lines, the [...]

By |February 25, 2022|

What To Do When the Water Doesn’t Turn Off – Managing Cover Crops in a Wet Spring

We all remember years when planting conditions were difficult due to excess moisture. Who could forget 2019, when it seemed the rain would never stop and many around the state and region dealt with delayed planting decisions? While we hope another year like 2019 never comes around again, it’s good to think ahead and plan for those “what if” scenarios. A wet spring can be even more nerve-wracking if you planted an overwintering cover crop and need to terminate it in order to plant your cash crop. What are some strategies to consider if you are confronted with this [...]

By |February 7, 2022|
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