Among the updates to the www.ilcorn.org website is a new water quality page that makes testing the tile, ditch or creek water on your farm even easier than before!
Located at the shortcut, www.ilcorn.org/nutrientstrategy, you can now find an interactive map that will allow you to see all the water testing sites at a glance. Counties that host free water testing are highlighted in green and when you click on a green county, you can see the water testing details to the right.
For example, if I click on Livingston County, I can quickly and easily see that the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation Districts host water testing from 3-4 pm on the second and forth Tuesday of each month.
If I’m able to collect tile water from the rains this weekend, I can always freeze the water until next week, June 27, when their next testing date arrives.
Remember, water samples need to be at least 8 ounces. In order to test flow, you should record the number of seconds it takes to fill up a container of known volume so that pounds of nitrogen lost per day can be calculated. Also helpful is to estimate the number of acres being drained at the collection point.
If you need additional assistance, please call IL Corn at 309-557-3257 or email email@example.com.