All Posts from 2015

The farmer. Tom Connors and his father grow corn and soybeans on their 2,500 acre family farm near Shipman, Illinois.

Environmental challenge. Connors’ farm is located in Macoupin County and the Coops Creek Watershed in southwestern Illinois. Nutrient loss reduction and water quality management are two of the main priorities for conservation efforts in the area. According to Connors, evaluating the soil’s fertility level prior to...

There are several important topics on farmers’ minds today including how to remain profitable during an era of low crop prices, how to farm and pay attention to the new nutrient loss reduction strategies and still optimize yield, and how to fight the battle with weed resistance and win when the enemy seems to be piling up all around you.

If you already haven’t made your...

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients targeted in the nutrient reduction strategy recently proposed by the Illinois EPA. Phosphorus loss isn’t so much about amount, timing and form, but about soil and water runoff. If you keep the soil and water in the field in place, you pretty much keep phosphorus for the crop.

Phosphorus is a unique nutrient in that it is fixed in the soil and is nonmobile. The soil naturally has abundant calcium, iron...

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