University of Illinois and Illinois Farm Bureau team up to better understand nutrient management practices

Researchers at the University of Illinois are teaming up with the state’s Farm Bureau to better understand how producers manage nutrients on their operations.

They say it will provide valuable data and help them make updates to handbooks decades out of date.

“And these are federal monies that we’ve received from the National Science Foundation, NSF, and the gist of it is that we want to develop updates to the Illinois official recommendations, not just on nitrogen by way of MRTN, but also for P&K. To make it a long story short, P&K recommendations in the Illinois agronomy handbook are outdated by easily 50 to 60 years. We think they’re from the mid-20th century now. Overall they’re decently accurate, but we’d like to update those,” said Dr. Andrew Margenot.

The survey centers around profitability, and researchers say it should only take around 20 minutes to complete.

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