Article archive

Diverse Coalition Releases Vision Statement for Cover Crops and Soil Health

10/22/2014 12:35
Diverse Coalition Releases Vision Statement for Cover Crops and Soil Health   WASHINGTON, D.C.—October 17, 2014—A diverse coalition of more than 40 national organizations, including commodity groups, agriculture associations, conservation and environmental NGOs, and major agriculture...

ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY

10/22/2014 12:32
  ILLINOIS MARKET NEWS SERVICE OFFERS FREE HAY DIRECTORY Web-based tool brings together buyers and sellers in an online marketplace SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Whether buying or selling, the Illinois Department of Agriculture can help consumers who are in the market for hay.  Since 2007, its...

New guidelines reflect benefits of no-till farming

09/04/2014 10:19
New guidelines reflect benefits of no-till farming   Posted   Aug. 28th, 2014 by Robert Arnason1 Comment Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services18       Soil fertility | North Dakota...

Composting Key to Soil Health and Climate Protection, According to Two New Reports

07/16/2014 14:10
Composting Key to Soil Health and Climate Protection, According to Two New Reports | Written by Rebecca Toews| No Comments| Updated on Jul 14, 2014 Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services1   &lt/body&gt The content that...

Aquatic vegetation should be managed carefully...

07/01/2014 13:56
POND LIFE ... Aquatic vegetation should be managed carefully Many ponds have water levels back to normal Published on June 30th, 2014 By this date many aquatic plants have reached maturity and seeded. Mature plants are more difficult to control and because they have produced seed are...

Continuous CRP Sign-Up Underway

06/17/2014 13:23
Farmers and landowners may sign up for the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Under continuous sign up, eligible land may be enrolled in CRP at any time with contracts of up to 10 to 15 years. Continuous CRP is focused on environmentally sensitive land and offers are not ranked against...

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO OFFER FREE RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR AGRICHEMICAL CONTAINERS

06/17/2014 09:50
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers.  The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them.     Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and...

USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers

06/17/2014 07:57
Release No. 0112.14 Contact: Office of Communications (202)720-4623 USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers Programs that Allow Producers to Protect Land and Help New, Minority and Veteran Farmers Get their Start in Agriculture WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 –...

"No-till soybean fields give (even some rare) birds foothold in Illinois."

02/03/2014 09:57
Researchers report in a new study that several bird species -- some of them relatively rare -- are making extensive use of soybean fields in Illinois. The team found significantly more birds and a greater diversity of bird species nesting, roosting and feeding in no-till soybean fields than in...

Study Challenges Soil Testing for Potassium and the Fertilizer Value of Potassium Chloride

12/19/2013 08:19
In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, is widely used as a major fertilizer in the Corn Belt without regard to the huge soil reserves that were once recognized for their fundamental importance to soil...