The Indian Creek Watershed Project is an innovative approach to voluntary adoption of on-farm conservation systems. Chad Watts, executive director with the Conservation Technology Information Center; Sarah Church, Ph.D., postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University; and Ursula Mahl, senior research technician with the University of Notre Dame, provided an overview of the project, what made the project a success and water-quality results.
Success takes teamwork
Identify a passionate, committed local champion
Capitalize on partnerships
Engage agricultural retailers
Establish common goals and a community approach
Ensure sufficient funding for outreach and cost-sharing
Network with community members
Education and outreach
4R Nutrient Stewardship
BMP area increased from less than 10% of the watershed area to more than 50% between 2010 and 2015
Water-quality monitoring showed the majority of annual nitrate loss occurs during elevated flow, with 30 – 60% during a large storm
Looking at storms in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to determine fluctuations in nitrate export, the research team found that for similar storms, nitrogen export decreased over time
This suggests that adoption of BMPs, especially those that decrease runoff, does decrease nitrogen export
1 CEU in Nutrient Management is available for this webinar. Visit the Certified Crop Adviser website to self-report your credit after viewing the webinar recording.
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.