Resources

Documents & Websites

Illinois On-Farm Cover Crop Network (ICCON)

Engaging with presentations by experts, researchers, and industry leaders, our ICCON calls provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge and networking with a strong community of cover crop enthusiasts.

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Strategy Implementation

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff.

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NLRS Podcast

This monthly podcast cover topics related to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

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MCCC Cover Crop Decision Tool

The Cover Crop Decision Tools are an initiative by the MCCC to consolidate cover crop information by state to help farmers make cover crop selections at the county level. The information and ratings contained in the Cover Crop Decision Tool is the team consensus based on literature, research results, on-farm experience and practical knowledge.

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MCCC Cover Crop Modules

MCCC is offering cover crop slide sets available for free use by any educator in the U.S. and can be adapted to meet local needs. MCCC has presented these slide sets as live webinars, and the recordings and slide sets will be posted after each presentation.

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Iowa State Cover Crop Decision Tree

This publication provides best management recommendations for farmers and landowners getting started with conservation and water quality practices by helping select and incorporate in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices most appropriate to the decision maker’s land and preferences.

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University of Purdue Cover Crops Resources

The Agronomy Extension of Purdue University has several resources available for cover crop establishment and termination.

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Penn State Cover Crops and Herbicide Carryover Resource

Soybean Herbicides and Rotation to Cover Crops

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NREC Cover Crop Guide

This 16-page Cover Crop Guide was created through the collaboration of NREC-funded researchers. NREC, along with the researchers, is encouraging producers to “think a systems approach” when planting cover crops, rather than thinking of cover crops only as an additional input.

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Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator

This website provides a process to calculate economic return to N application with different nitrogen and corn prices and to find profitable N rates directly from recent N rate research data. The method used follows a regional approach for determining corn N rate guidelines that is implemented in several Corn Belt states.

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