Nutrient Measurements Are Key to Soil Health

Plants pull nutrients out of soil, that’s why fertilizer is so important; it replenishes the potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen levels to help crops thrive. But fertilizers represent a significant financial expense on a farm so producers have an incentive to use just enough to replace what was removed over the previous growing cycle.

The University of Illinois Extension has been studying the removal rates of grain so that farmers can find the perfect balance between soil health and economic efficiency. They will present their findings in January at a regional Illinois Crop Management Conference and online. The research promises to enhance the global food supply and strengthen an economic sector that employs 21 million American workers.

Read more about the new research here!

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