Monday, October 17, 2016
Illinois Farm Bureau and GROWMARK Inc. are working with 14 county Farm Bureaus and 11 FS companies to demonstrate local nutrient stewardship.
The Four R For You (4R4U) pilot program focuses on field demonstrations and studies to provide practical solutions and information to local farmers. The four Rs refer to the right source and rate of fertilizer applied at the right time and place.
“As a farmer I am committed to managing nutrients sustainably,” said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. “This partnership will use many assets and produce locally driven information. Farmers and the agriculture community continue to work diligently to maximize input use and focus on the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).”
Essentially, field demonstrations related to local nutrient issues will occur in each of the pilot counties. Those pilot counties will work with neighboring county Farm Bureaus to publicize events.
IFB and GROWMARK are funding the program with participating county Farm Bureaus and FS companies implementing the demonstrations, coordinating field days and providing farmers with information.
“Our teamwork will help elevate nutrient stewardship efforts and provide further information of 4R practices that can help meet the goals of the NLRS,” said GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin.
In each pilot county, NLRS proven practices will be implemented in field demonstrations, comparing those with other practices. Farmers may find nitrogen rate studies, different nitrogen application methods, use of nitrogen stabilizers, no-till and cover crops.
Participating FS companies and their county Farm Bureau partners are: Christian County FS/Christian County Farm Bureau, Evergreen FS/Macon County Farm Bureau, Gateway FS/Randolph County Farm Bureau, Gold Star FS/Mercer County Farm Bureau, Heritage FS/Ford-Iroquois and Kankakee County Farm Bureaus, M & M Service Co./Macoupin County Farm Bureau, Piatt Service Co./Piatt County Farm Bureau, Prairieland FS/Scott and Pike County Farm Bureaus, South Central FS/Bond and Moultrie County Farm Bureaus, Southern FS/Jackson County Farm Bureau,and Stephenson Service Co./Stephenson County Farm Bureau.
During the winter, each partnership will develop a strategy and plan field demonstrations in the spring and summer.
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