Nutrient management focus of Lake Springfield watershed meeting

Published on: Jan 21, 2013

     Farmers in the Lake Springfield Watershed will be able to hear about management practices from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Holy Cross Hall, Auburn. Reservations are requested by Feb. 6.

     Howard Brown, GROWMARK manager of agronomy services, will discuss efforts to protect water resources and technology being used to help farmers improve nutrient management by applying the right source at the right rate, right time, and right place.

     Joel Gruver, assistant professor at Western Illinois University and manager of an 80-acre research farm, will discuss cover crop research and the value of cover crops in suppressing weeds and improving nutrient cycling and soil health.

     Hal Pyle, district conservationist with the Sangamon County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will cover a soil-erosion study and government farm programs that may be used to implement nutrient management, conservation tillage, and cover crops.

     For information or reservations, contact the county Soil and Water Conservation District office at 217-241-6635, extension 3 or email barb.mendenhall@il.nacdnet.net.