Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Cover Crops, Conservation Continue to Gain Steam

Warmer weather is finally here and many farmers begin to get their planter ready to kick off another growing season. While there may be a visible flurry of activity on the farm, our waterways and streams are silently busy accommodating extra rainfall that typically falls during the season. The additional waterflow is carrying soil nutrients.
Dr. Laura Gentry, Director of Water Quality Research, Clay Bess, Precision Conservation Management (PCM) Operation Manager, and Brent Weathers, Farmer in Vermillion County recently led a panelist discussion about their experience growing cover crops and managing other conservation practices.
The panelists answered questions from farmers that ranged from what conservation practices worked best, to what is the benefit of joining the PCM program and gave candid authentic answers.
PCM is a farmer service program created in response to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) to help farmers understand what is needed to help meet the goals of the strategy and help them meet those goals. The program focuses on cover crop implementation.
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