Conservation Farming

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  • Agriculture Conservation Research and Education On Nutrients and the Environment

  • This is a website run by Iowa State University, Department of Agriculture Researchers looking into a variety of topics including nutrient loss reduction, cover crops, and tile drainage

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices

  • Illinois CBMP is working to assist and encourage adoption of the best management practices (BMPs) to protect and enhance natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois

  • Dean Oswald - Northern Illinois cover crop specialist with Illinois CBMP.  Contact Mr. Oswald for expert advise on using cover crops in our area whether you are just starting to use cover crops or are looking to move to the next level in conservation cropping systems.

Midwest Cover Crop Council

  • A comprehensive source of information on cover crops for Midwest farmers

Cover Crop Species Selector

  • Online tool for selecting cover crops that are best suited to our county

  • Remember that after selecting a species, choosing the correct variety is just as importiant

  • Website created by Dave Robison, a cover crop and forage agronomist.

  • Dave's goal is to make it easy for farmers to find information on cover crops, and to be available to any specific answer questions you may about cover crops for your fields Crops, Climate, Culture, and Change

  • Project sponsored by ten Midwestern Universities as well as USDA-Agricultural Research Service and USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture

  • The Project Goal is to create a suite of practices for corn based systems that:

    • retain and enhance soil organic matter and nutrient and carbon stocks

    • reduce off-field nitrogen losses that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution

    • better withstand droughts and floods

    • ensure productivity under different climatic conditions

Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

  • The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) is an effort sponsored by the Farm Bureau, Illinois Water Resource Center, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  The INLRS has been created in an attempt to reduce nutrient loading of streams and rivers in Illinois and to ultimately reduce the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.  This strategy is an effort to allow farmers to reduce nutrient runoff on their own terms before the problem gets bad enough for farmers to be regulated in a fashion like Chesapeake Bay.  They are looking to reduce Illinois phosphorus load by 25 percent and its nitrate‐nitrogen load by 15 percent by 2025! 

  • Illinois Council on Best Management Practices information about the INLRS