Do not apply a full rate in the fall, use a USEPA labeled nitrification inhibitor, and wait until soil temps fall to 50 degrees and are trending cooler. To read the full guidance on fall N, click here.
IFCA and IDA have cancelled the September 2020 fall anhydrous ammonia safety schools due to COVID concerns. Those needing to be certified or re-certified as competent attendants to handle ammonia at storage facilities can achieve certification using an on-line training program that will be available September 1, 2020. Click here for more details.
Paraquat labels in 2020 require anyone who "uses" or applies the products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training. Syngenta explains the requirement in the document below. To access the on-line paraquat training program, click on the title of this story. To learn more about classroom training options see the document below.
Founded in 2012, Illinois NREC is helping discover methods to reduce nutrient loss and ensure profitability in Illinois agriculture. Learn about how NREC is accomplishing this in this short video, featuring IFCA's Director of Nutrient Stewardship Dan Schaefer: https://youtu.be/hqObVWOv51w
NREC recently updated its Cover Crop Guide, including more guidance based on research performed on Illinois farms. Please click on the link provided to read over the new version of the cover crop guide, "Considering Cover Crops? - Let this guide be your guide to success"
IFCA initiated and passed legislation in 2019 to remove the registration and license plate requirement for ammonia nurse tanks, fertilizer buggies and floaters/sprayers effective Jan 1, 2020. Please click here to read the full Regulatory Alert.
There are several important compliance requirements for Illinois ammonia facilities and nurse tanks that go into effect on December 31, 2020. Click below to view the NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).
On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018. The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants. Additional resources on Worker ...more
There may be some confusion on markings on nurse tanks that are enrolled into the NTIP program. The DOT-SP 13554 is no longer required as a marking on the side of the nurse tanks. Click below for examples of current markings that are acceptable and markings that would be considered a violation.