Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, tells the Illinois Commodity Conference conserving nutrients is not just environmentally correct, it saves money too. (Photo used under Creative Commons from Flickr user eutrophication&hypoxia)
By Dave Dahl
BLOOMINGTON - Illinois farmers have been urged to conserve their nutrients as much as possible, with a goal of full participation in these practices by 2025.
The program is Keep It for the Crop by 2025.
Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, said it makes economic as well as environmental sense.
“When farmers spend $300 on a bag of seed, with all that seed technology in it, we’d better be feeding that to maximize the potential of that. Otherwise, you’re just leaving wasted dollars on the table and wasted yields out there. So Keep It for the Crop is all about: how do we take our nutrients and make sure that we’re providing it to the crop in the best available way. And, if the crops take it up, it’s not left to be lost to the environment.”
Payne said farmers who manage their nutrients this way can increase yields. That, she added, should get their attention.