Recent Results from the USDA/NASS Producer Survey show marked improvments in the implementation of practices outlined in the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

Chicago, Illinois - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released the results of the 2015 Producer Survey which was designed to accurately reflect the nutrient management and conservation practices used for the state Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). The survey questions covered nutrient management strategies, cover crops, edge-of-field practices, use of soil tests, erosion management, and knowledge of certain NLRS components. Farmers were asked to respond based on crop years 2015 and 2011, which was selected as a base year. 
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See the full results of the survey here

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NREC Phosphorus Runoff Webinar

On March 2, 2016 NREC partnered with Illinois Farm Bureau to present a webinar that highlighted the research conducted by scientists at University of Illinois. The research focused on phosphorus runoff and how fertilizer application methods can impact the rate of runoff. The archived webinar can be viewed below.


With funding from the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), Dr. David Kopsell from Illinois State University and Dr. Thomas Voight with the University of Illinois compiled the guide which will be widely distributed to green industry turfgrass professionals across the state. It will serve as the most current resource for issues such as nutrient requirements, behavior of nutrients in turfgrass soils, turfgrass fertility impact on pests and diseases, proper usage of application equipment and up-to-date information on Illinois laws and regulations affecting nutrient applications to residential and commercial turfgrass. 


NREC Announces 2016 Funding

The NREC Council has recently announced their funding decisions for 2016. Projects were submitted last Fall, reviewed through a series of Council, Committee and outside peer reviewers. A final decision was made in late 2015 and plans are underway for each of the 26 projects that are taking place in 2016.
Total NREC funding for 2016 is $2,882,277.00.


Illinois Nitrogen Management Research: Early Results and Approach

4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit
Washington DC, May 12, 2015
Emerson Nafziger
Crop Sciences
University of Illinois
and Dan Schaefer, IFCA


NREC's Role in Reducing Nutrient Losses

NREC Council Member Dale Hadden from IL Farm Bureau reflects upon the importance of NREC's role in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Click here


Illinois NREC Video



Illinois Fertilizer Act

NREC Bylaws

MRTN Calculator

a new tool to determine the optimum nitrogen rate for corn