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Best Management Practices

You make your living from the land. 

 

You have been raised in the country, you’ve worked with Mother Nature all your life, and you understand that if you want the same sort of life for your children, you must preserve and conserve what is in you care.

 

Best management practices are the techniques and methods farmers use to take the best care of the soil, water, air, plants, and animals around them. IL Corn wants to partner with you to help you understand the best science, the best techniques, the best opportunities to care for your natural resources. 

We have programming that will help you test your water for nutrient levels, try out cover crops for the first time, and apply nitrogen in the most responsible way.  Our programming in this area continues to grow!  Please stay plugged in with us to keep learning and growing as a conservationist.

FREE, CONFIDENTIAL WATER TESTING AVAILABLE AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW

August 30th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Best Management Practices

Illinois Corn Growers Association is offering farmers free water testing at the Farm Progress Show. The testing identifies a nitrate level in the water sample provided. The process is free of...

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FREE, CONFIDENTIAL WATER TESTING AVAILABLE AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW

August 25th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Illinois Corn Growers Association is offering farmers free water testing at the Farm Progress Show. The testing identifies a nitrate level in the water sample provided. The process is free of...

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FEW SOIL HEALTH FIELD DAYS REMAIN

August 22nd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

What will improve soil health to make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable for the next generation, and how does it impact the business side? Get the scoop from area farmers and...

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COVER CROP COUPON AVAILABLE TO ICGA MEMBERS

August 11th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Best Management Practices

IL Corn, along with the Zea Mays Foundation, is encouraging farmers to use best management practices on their farms that will reduce nitrate loss by 15% by 2025 and reduce phosphate loss by 25% by...

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ADDITIONAL FIELD DAYS AND SOIL HEALTH MEETINGS SCHEDULED ACROSS ILLINOIS

August 10th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

(ST. LOUIS) – What will improve soil health to make farmland more productive, efficient and sustainable for the next generation, and how does it impact the business side? Get the scoop from area...

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SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP, NCGA ENDORSE NEW LIST OF SOIL HEALTH MEASUREMENTS

August 9th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

(ST. LOUIS) – The Soil Health Partnership has endorsed a set of 19 soil health measurements, encouraging the agriculture industry to quickly adopt them. Once widely adopted, the indicators are...

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NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN FOR COVER CROPS

July 25th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

(ST. LOUIS) – When it comes to growing cover crops, some common advice from the more than 100 farmers enrolled in the Soil  Health Partnership is “start small.” The SHP is encouraging farmers new...

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COVER CROP COUPON AVAILABLE TO ICGA MEMBERS

July 14th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Best Management Practices

IL Corn, along with the Zea Mays Foundation, is encouraging farmers to use best management practices on their farms that will reduce nitrate loss by 15% by 2025 and reduce phosphate loss by 25% by...

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STATE HIGHWAYS AND INTERSTATES NOT MOWED? HERE’S WHY

July 7th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The Illinois Department of Transportation has undertaken a committed and purposed effort to alter mowing policies with the desired outcome being improved habitat for the Monarch butterfly, which...

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FARMERS CAN LEARN HOW CONSERVATION PRACTICES IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH AND PROFITABILITY

June 28th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) will host a field day this week on June 29 from 8:30 am – noon at the Kirk Kimble Farm in Sparland. The Kirk Kimble Farm is one of more than 100 farms in the SHP...

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WATER TESTING IS EVEN EASIER THAN BEFORE!

June 22nd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

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,...

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IL CORN MEMBER TALKS COVER CROPS WITH U.S. EPA

June 13th, 2017  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Best Management Practices

Heather Hampton+Knodle, American Agri-Women Vice President of Resolutions and Vital Issues, was recently featured in a YouTube video posted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the...

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WHY SOIL HEALTH?

May 22nd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

This year, 35 more farms will join a revolutionary research effort that will show U.S. farmers how sustainability through soil health can also lead to increased profitably. This is the largest...

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AUDIO REPORT: MANAGE NITROGEN APPLICATION TO MANAGE WATER QUALITY AND COSTS

May 3rd, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The growing season has started and most corn farmers have already applied nitrogen. It is a very expensive plant food and, as is explained in  this audio report,  getting the rate right may mean...

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WHY YOU NEED TO ESTABLISH MONARCH BUTTERFLY HABITAT

May 1st, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

May is Monarch Month. May is also the perfect time to sow milkweed seeds or direct transplant a small plant. Now, before you shut down on the idea of purposely adding milkweed to your farm, hear...

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APPROACHING WET WEATHER OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR WATER TESTING

April 27th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

For most Illinois farmers, this week’s heavy rainfall will put a significant damper on corn planting, but it does offer a wonderful opportunity to test field water for nutrient runoff. Free,...

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FARMERS ENCOURAGED TO TEST FIELD TILE WATER

April 11th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The wet spring weather may be keeping most Illinois corn farmers out of the fields lately, but it shouldn't keep them from gathering a water sample while tile lines are running. IL Corn backed...

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MONARCH BUTTERFLY UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING

April 5th, 2017  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Do you know that the Monarch Butterfly, the Illinois state insect, might be listed as an endangered species within two years? That’s right, in 1974 a third-grader from Decatur suggested that the...

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