Wayne County FB, Wabash Valley host nutrient loss inhibitor field day

Demonstration plot highlights the use of various nitrogen and phosphorus inhibitors and enhancers.

Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau director of natural and environmental resources, discusses the importance of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy as well as IFB’s efforts with nutrient projects around the state during the Nutrient Loss Inhibitor Demonstration Plot Field Day in Wayne County. (Photos by Doug Anderson, Wayne County Farm Bureau manager)
Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau director of natural and environmental resources, discusses the importance of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy as well as IFB’s efforts with nutrient projects around the state during the Nutrient Loss Inhibitor Demonstration Plot Field Day in Wayne County. (Photos by Doug Anderson, Wayne County Farm Bureau manager)
By Doug Anderson

The Wayne County Farm Bureau and Wabash Valley Service Co. recently attracted 50 farmers to the first annual Nutrient Loss Inhibitor Field Day and demonstration plot.

The plot demonstrates the use of various nitrogen and phosphorus inhibitors and enhancers, including Nutrisphere, Agrotain and Avail. The plot is located at the Fred Blessing farm near Fairfield. 

The plot also has replications with additional products, such as Humate, ammonium sulfide, Pro Valley MME and SULF4+ applications.

Several speakers discussed issues with field day participants, including Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau director of natural and environmental resources; Brianna Ritzert and Julie Alka, both interns with Wabash Valley Service Co.; and Darin Lickfeldt, Ph.D. senior technical development manager with Verdesian Life Sciences.

Nutrient loss inhibitor demonstration plots in Wayne County included 21 replications with four untreated checks. The replications were treated with various levels of urea and DAP, as well as different enhancers. Preliminary yield data was collected July 31, and harvest data will be published later.
Nutrient loss inhibitor demonstration plots in Wayne County included 21 replications with four untreated checks. The replications were treated with various levels of urea and DAP, as well as different enhancers. Preliminary yield data was collected July 31, and harvest data will be published later.

Analysis and conclusions from the plot, as well as yield data, may be found at waynecfb.com. The NLID plot is funded through an IFB Nutrient Stewardship Grant.

Doug Anderson serves as Wayne County Farm Bureau manager.

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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