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 your 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.

NCERC, COVER CROPS, AND LIVESTOCK: IL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Lindsay Mitchell

May 27th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Ethanol |  Livestock |  Best Management Practices |  Legislation & Regulation

As of May 24, around 1 am, the state of Illinois now has a budget that – although reported as creatively balanced – provides some wins for Illinois agriculture.    “Illinois agriculture showed...

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Act Now To Protect Atrazine

Lindsay Mitchell

February 5th, 2020  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The Illinois Corn Growers Association launched a call to action today, asking farmers to engage in a reregistration process that could cost them up to $30 per acre if they were to lose the right...

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THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS FOR STICKING IT OUT IN A CHALLENGING YEAR

Ashley Deal

October 7th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The 2019 crop season will not be soon forgotten but hopefully there is something positive worth remembering: It will be the first time that several thousand acres are being seeded in cover crops...

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PRECISION CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT SUMMARY RELEASED

Lindsay Mitchell

June 24th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Illinois corn farmers should now have a copy of The Business Case for Conservation, Cost-Benefit Analysis of Conservation Practices, which spell out the results of four years of on-farm research...

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SOLUTION

Lindsay Mitchell

June 5th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

ICGA and university researchers work together to address food security and agronomic efficiency issues.   The Illinois Corn Growers Association is taking a small step with potentially much...

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IL CORN ADDRESSES COALITION ON AGRICULTURAL GREENHOUSE GASES

Lindsay Mitchell

April 17th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Travis Deppe, Director of Precision Conservation Management for the Illinois Corn Growers Association, shared a message about the farm economy, market trends and how farmers are engaging in...

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PODCAST: COVER CROPS ADVICE

Tricia Braid

March 11th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Are you thinking of implementing a cover crops system on your farm? Are you already using cover crops? Take a listen to this podcast featuring advice from experts on cover crops.   The 13th...

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IDOA ANNOUNCES STATE-SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF HERBICIDE DICAMBA ON SOYBEANS FOR 2019

Tricia Braid

March 4th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Goal to reduce off-target movement of dicamba products   The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced last week it will require Special Local Needs labels, including new restrictions,...

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COVER CROPS & SOIL HEALTH: THE PRACTICAL WAY FORWARD

Lindsay Mitchell

February 5th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The Midwest Cover Crops Council is proud to host their annual conference in Illinois for the first time this year, on February 20-21 in Springfield, IL!   The Keynote on February 21 will be...

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PCM RELEASES DRAFT DATA: SHOWS THAT MINIMAL TILLAGE AND SPRING NITROGEN APPLICATIONS ARE MORE PROFITABLE

January 23rd, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

IL Corn’s signature water quality and nutrient management program, Precision Conservation Management, has preliminary data to share based on its first three years of operation.  This data will...

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UTICA FARMER USES HIGH TECH DATA TO IMPROVE FAMILY FARM

Lindsay Mitchell

January 21st, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Justin Durdan is a younger farmer, father of four, and volunteer farmer leader for the Illinois Corn Growers Association.  Numbers, data and analysis get him really excited about the future of his...

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ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD PARTNERS WITH WIU SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

Tricia Braid

January 15th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – For the second year, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) is partnering with the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture on a program to benefit high school...

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TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR DICAMBA TRAINING COMPLETED

Lindsay Mitchell

January 14th, 2019  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Farmers who are certified private applicators and who intend to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2019 must have proof of a dicamba training prior to making a dicamba application.    REGISTER...

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FANDEL HONORED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Lindsay Mitchell

January 7th, 2019  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Best Management Practices

Bloomington, IL – Pete Fandel, a farmer and teacher at Illinois Central College, was honored at the Illinois Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting on November 20, 2018 for his contributions to...

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REGISTER FOR SOIL HEALTH SUMMIT

December 19th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

As the pursuit of improved soil health as an on-farm business and environmental strategy continues to grow, the Soil Health Partnership is hosting the annual Soil Health Summit, January 15 – 16 in...

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STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT SOIL HEALTH THROUGH AITC

Lindsay Mitchell

December 18th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Public Outreach |  Best Management Practices

Students in Monroe Center, IL, a village in Ogle County, learned about soil health, soil erosion, and nutrient runoff earlier this month through programming provided by Illinois Ag in the...

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EVERY DAY IS SOIL DAY AT IL CORN

Tricia Braid

December 5th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

December 5th is World Soil Day. World Soil Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to celebrate one of our most vital resources. Soil is essential for...

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DICAMBA TRAINING ON THURSDAY; FEWER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE

Lindsay Mitchell

November 27th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Farmers who are certified private applicators and who intend to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2019 must have proof of a dicamba training prior to making a dicamba application.    REGISTER...

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GROUND TEMPERATURE WILL ALLOW FALL N APPLICATION, BUT CONSIDER SPRING INSTEAD

Tricia Braid

November 9th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

Given the most recent soil temperatures from the Illinois State Water Survey and the outlook for ongoing colder weather, it appears that farmers now have the “green light” for fall anhydrous...

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MEET A SOIL HEALTH PARTNER: REUSCHEL FARMS IN GOLDEN

Lindsay Mitchell

November 6th, 2018  |  Today's News |  Best Management Practices

The best farmers know there’s a lot to be learned from each other.  Take a look at the lessons Andrew and Jeff Reuschel from Golden, IL are learning on their farm as they test and try cover crops...

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