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4R Field Day to Showcase Latest Nitrogen and Phosphorus Research


On September 12, 2017, the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) is hosting a 4R Field day on a farm in Piatt County, Illinois.  The on-farm site is the location of several on-going NREC projects looking at effective ways to reduce nutrient loss while ensuring a profitable grain farming operation. 

Of great interest at this event is a review of phosphorus management on fields with less than 2 percent slope, to reduce loss and improve phosphorus utilization.  The first ever publication from NREC will feature this research, and the authors of the publication will review the take-away findings.  New developments at the NREC site in nearby Douglas County will also be discussed including how various nitrogen treatments are impacting nitrate levels in field tiles and how strip tillage plays an increasing important role in reducing nutrient losses.  

And finally, if you really want effective tips on managing cover crops to ensure timely termination and a profitable cash crop that follows, you’ll want to attend this event.  Oh, and IFCA is featuring beef brisket and grilled chicken for lunch. 

To see the agenda for the event, go to under “In the News.”  Because parking is limited at the farm site, the group will depart on a bus from the Tuscola Outlet mall at 8:30 a.m. on September 12 and the tour will end by 2:30 p.m. when the bus returns to Tuscola.  Space is limited on the tour, so be sure to sign up soon. 

CCA credits will be available and this is a great opportunity to learn the latest on nutrient research and visit with ag retailers, farmers and NREC researchers.  To register, send an email to IFCA President Jean Payne at or call IFCA at 309.827.2774.  This event is free of charge thanks to funding from several fertilizer industry partners.  


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 4R Research is a Team Effort.  Left to right:  Jean Payne (IFCA), Andy Knepp (NREC Council Member) Eric Miller (participating farmer in NREC research) and Dan Schaefer (IFCA) at an NREC on-farm site in August 2015.  At the 4R Field Day on September 12, new findings from these sites will be discussed.