Current Research Projects

In 2016, NREC is funding 26 projects – 19 projects continued from previous years and 7 new projects. The $2.8 Million available for funding these projects comes from an assessment of 75 cents per ton of fertilizer sold in Illinois. Additional funds have been earmarked for communications and outreach projects to ensure that farmers and fertilizer industry professionals are receiving timely updates from the research projects. Council-funded projects fall into three main categories with emphasis on the 4R’s – applying the right source of fertilizer, at the right rate, right time, and right place, looking at ways to capture nutrients within the field using cover crops, and finally exploring methods of capturing nutrients before they are lost in a way that could potentially impact the environment. The last category focuses on methods such as buffer strips, bio-reactors, and wetlands.

This document provides a summary of the 2017 projects with their stated research objectives included: 2017 NREC Projects – updated

New Projects

2017 New Projects

InstitutionPIProject Title
UIGentryCereal Rye Ahead of Corn: N Catch and Release
UICoppessWeb-based Decision Support Tool for Cover Crop Management
IFCASchaeferCereal Rye Ahead of Corn: N Catch and Release
ISUArmstrongA Long-term Evaluation of Nitrogen Application Timing and Cover Crops Impacts on the Fate and Availability of Nitrogen Fertilizer and Crop Production on Tile Drained Field
UIChristiansonDrainage water management and saturated buffers for achieving NLRS goals
UIChristiansonBioreactors for Illinois: Smaller, Better, Faster
Ongoing Projects

2017 Ongoing Projects

InstitutionPIProject Title
UIVillamilAgronomic and environmental assessment of cover crops in Illinois
UIVillamilUpdating P and K response and crop removal numbers for Illinois
UINafzigerA comprehensive corn nitrogen research program for Illinois
ISUO'ReillyThe effect of cover crops on surface water quality: A paired watershed experiment in the Lake Bloomington watershed
UILovellMultifunctional buffers on marginal farmland to improve the environmental profile of agriculture and diversify production opportunities
UIDavidNitrogen management systems in tile-drained fields: Optimizing yields while minimizing losses
SIUSchoonoverNitrate leaching in cover crops and corn/soybean systems in Southern Illinois With N15
UIPittelkowAn agronomic assessment of soil nitrous oxide emissions in Illinois: increasing nutrient utilization while reducing impacts on air quality
UINafzigerTracking soil nitrogen loss and availability
TWIKostelDemonstration and monitoring of nutrient-removal wetlands in the Big Bureau Creek watershed (Northern/Central Illinois)
UIGentryEvaluating nutrient loss reduction strategies: longer rotation with cover crops and bioreactor
IFCASchaeferInd./University Partnership & KIC 4R Programs
UIKentDissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium: An unexplored microbial pathway for nitrate retention in agricultural soils
SIUSchoonoverThe two stage saturated buffer: Integrating the use of cover crops into saturated buffer designs for nitrogen mitigation
UIPittelkowAssessing synergies and tradeoffs of recommended BMPs to reduce nutrient loss
UIChristiansonDissolving uncertainty: A comprehensive evaluation of dissolved P in tile drainage
UIAraiUnderstanding mechanisms and processes of dissolved reactive phosphate (DRP) loss in Illinois tile-drained fields