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Challenges to Nutrient Loss Reduction In Illinois

Farmers have made conservation headway through the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy since 2011, but there are still big challenges hindering recent progress. 
During a virtual Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminar Joel Gruver with Western Illinois University says the state has already reached 14% nitrogen loss reduction with the goal of 15% by 2025 and reached 22% phosphorus loss reduction with the goal of 25% by 2025. But he says there have been higher levels of loss in recent years, mainly from drivers farmers cannot control. 
“One of the biggest drivers is probably not what is being done specifically in terms of farm management, but rather the weather. We have had more intense precipitation that may be driving higher nutrient losses.”
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