Resources

Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership Shared Resource List

The Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership is providing resources to help conservation practitioners develop education and outreach programs focused on soil health systems and sustainable ag practices. We have developed suggested topics and demonstrations along with a list of specialists and speakers available to participate in meetings, trainings or field days. Our goal is to help our collaborative partners blanket the countryside with consistent technical information on cover crops, soil health, and sustainable ag practices.

Resources Available

Cover Crop Resources:

This tool allows you to decide which cover crop species to use on your farmland: http://mccc.msu.edu/selector-tool/

These recipe cards are for a typical Illinois farmer just getting started with cover crops. Use the above tool as a guide for cover crop species selection for these recipe cards:

Presentation training topics include:

  • Cover Crop ID and Proper Uses - Seed methods and suitability of different species
  • Herbicides and Cover Crops - Control and burndown, residual concerns
  • Cover Crop Trouble Shooting - pests and disease management; avoiding potential harvest issues
  • Cover Crops and Grazing

Rainfall Simulator Equipment and Training

Soil Health Comparative Demonstrations (slake test, etc.)

Confidential Water Nitrate Testing

Potted Cover Crop Species Samples

Soil Pit Explanation Expertise

Social Survey Design Template and Implementation Protocol

Precision Conservation Management Specialist (in some counties)

Field Day/Training Support -  Zea Mays will provide $200 stipends to help cover food/supplies for the first 10 events scheduled if they include a curriculum that provides CCA CEU credits.

Goof Pot Establishment Template and Support (under development, will include signs)

3-5 year Cover Crop /Reduced Tillage Field Translation Program (under development, will also include signs)

Landowner Education Sessions (under development)