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Nitrogen Management in 2014 and Beyond

This March 27, 2014 webinar features Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Dan Schaefer, and is hosted by Dr. Howard Brown.
Please click the image to access the pdf version of the slideset used in the webinar.
20140327 Webinar: Nigtrogen Management in 2014 and Beyond
 (1.7MB pdf)

Cover Crop Training Conference

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices and Illinois Central College will host a Cover Crops Conference on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Tranquility Rom (209A) on the East Peoria Campus. The conference will include presentations for area farmers and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA’s) that are interested in the use of cover crops. We will be sharing information from many research trials that have been conducted over the past few years.
Presenters include agronomist Gordon Roskamp talking about herbicides for successful cover crop establishment and control, Pete Fandel discussing cover crop species selection and establishment, Dr. Shalalmar Armstrong covering the inclusion of cover crops to increase the management of fall nitrogen, and Mike Plumer on cover crop management and research.
The event runs 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and registration begins at 8:15. Cost is $20 which includes continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch.
This conference is designed to get the answers to many of the most common questions about cover crop species, profitability, management issues, seeding, and termination of stand to get the most benefit from using cover crops in your operation.
Certified Crop Advisors will be eligible for CEU’s in NM (1), CM (2), and SW (1) (applied for). Registration deadline is Friday, March 14. Seating is limited.
To Register
Click:     www.icc.edu/pdi/crops
Or call:  (309) 690-6900
Questions on this project? Contact CBMP
Phone: (618) 364-2219

Indiana CCA Presentation

Dr. Brown presented December 18, 2013 at the Indiana CCA Conference.
InCCA 2013 Presentation
(16MB pdf)

AGMasters Presentation

Presentation by Dr. Howard Brown

Ag Masters Conference
University of Illinois
December 2, 2013


Brown, AGMasters Presentation 2013

(9.8MB pdf)


KIC 2014, June Progress Report

KIC progress report june 2014
(1.6MB pdf)

Lake Springfield Nitrogen Management Program

CBMP is launching a 3 year special nitrogen management program in the Lake Springfield, IL watershed.  This program encourages ag retailers and farmers to adopt a nitrogen management system in the watershed to minimize environmental impact, optimize harvest yield and maximize input utilization (MOM).  In addition to CBMP, local ag retailers and farmers, other vital partners in the project include City Water Light &  Power (CWLP), Sangamon County SWCD and the Lincoln Land Community College Ag program.
Please open the documents below to see an overview of the project, an explanation of nitrogen management systems, how to participate in the N WATCH soil nitrate testing program, commonly asked questions and a brochure on nitrogen stewardship and nitrogen management.
Questions on this project? Contact CBMP
Phone: (618) 364-2219

Dan Schaefer, CPAg, CCA

Dan Schaefer, CPAg, CCA
CBMP Director of Nutrient Stewardship
Dan  joined CBMP in January 2012 to manage the “Keep it for the Crop (KIC) by 2025” nutrient stewardship program and work directly with ag retailers and growers to educate, implement and record progress toward the implementation of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship:  Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has identified eight priority watersheds for nutrient reductions, including Lake Bloomington, Lake Evergreen, Lake Vermilion, Lake Decatur, Vermilion River (Illinois Basin), Salt Fork Vermilion River (Wabash Basin), Lake Springfield and Mauvaise Terre Creek.  Dan is currently engaged in 30+ on-farm N rate trials in the watersheds and also helps coordinate the N WATCH soil nitrate testing program. 
Dan has a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois.  He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).  Illinois Farm Bureau named him CCA of the Year in 2010.  Prior to accepting this new role, Schaefer worked as the Agronomist for Illini FS, where he had a 30-year career working directly with growers on agronomic recommendations and assisting the University of Illinois with on-farm research to improve nutrient efficiency. 
You can contact Dan at :
(217) 202-5173