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.
Making Nitrogen Decisions
In Illinois, researchers have been testing different amounts of nitrogen in corn fields for years. They collected the data from these tests and created an online tool. This tool considers the current prices of corn and nitrogen fertilizer to figure out the best amount of nitrogen to use for maximum profit per acre. It's called the "Maximum Return to Nitrogen" rate (MRTN). Farmers can use this tool to make sure they're getting the most economic benefit from their nitrogen program and feel sure about their decisions.
Gain Access to Illinois' Premier Conservation Program
In 2016, IL Corn launched a farmer service program, Precision Conservation Management (PCM), in response to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Today PCM is funded still by IL Corn and other organizations.
PCM works with farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices. They provide one-on-one support to qualifying farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices.
They provide FREE access to the Farmer Portal to any farmer who wants to contribute their farm data, and access recommendations based on other farmer participant’s aggregated, anonymized data.
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Megan Dwyer, a valuable member of the IL Corn team, has clinched 4th place nationally in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture competition. Megan's...More
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For the 2nd year IL Corn partnered with Illinois Soybean Association to offer the Water Testing Challenge to all Illinois FFA chapters. This hands on educational program challenged students to...More
Nominations and applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Illinois Leopold Conservation Award®. The award honors farmers and forestland owners who go above and beyond in their...More
Two new reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) and the Illinois’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) underscored Illinois farmers’ efforts to reduce...More
After reading the results of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report, Marshall, IL farmer and IL Corn Growers Association Director Don Guinnip issued the following...More
Applications Accepted Starting December 15 with New Opportunity for Pre-Enrollment Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is implementing its fifth year of the Fall Covers for Spring...More
Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Professor in Agricultural and Consumer Economics, authored his one-thousandth article on FarmDoc Daily last month, a website created by the University of...More
Jean Stewart received the Randy Stauffer Stewardship Award from the IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) at their annual meeting on November 21, recognizing his farm conservation work through the...More
Frey Family Farms of Dahlgren is the recipient of the inaugural Illinois Leopold Conservation Award®. The prestigious award, given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes...More
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Precision Conservation Management (PCM), a program of IL Corn and the Illinois Soybean Association, released their annual “Business Case for Conservation” this month in the Prairie Farmer...More
Precision Conservation Management (PCM) will be increasing conservation acres in Illinois through a partnership with PepsiCo extending through 2030, according to PCM Director Greg...More
PepsiCo Announces $216 Million Investment in Long-term Partnerships with Three Major Farmer-facing Organizations to Support Regenerative Agriculture Transformation on More than Three Million Acres of U.S. Farmland
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, and the Illinois Corn Growers Association partner with PepsiCo to drive adoption of regenerative agriculture practices and reduce carbon...More