Resources

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Farm Analysis Solution Tools (FAST)

FAST (Farm Analysis Solution Tools) are a suite of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets designed to assist those in agriculture make better decisions via user-friendly computer programs. FAST aids users in performing financial analysis, assessing investment decisions, and evaluating the impacts of various management decisions.

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FarmDoc – Farm Management Resources

This FarmDoc website has valuable resources and publications on Illinois crop budgets and historic returns and machinery costs of operation estimates.

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Midwest Cover Crop Council

The Midwest Cover Crop Council website hosts many valuable resources on cover crops including cover crop recipes, selector tools, and state-specific research. Explore their website to learn more.

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SWCS Controlled Drainage Video

This video, in the SWCS Conservation Media Library, shows how conservation drainage provides more control and additional benefits to your fields.

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University of Illinois Woodchip Bioreactor

Simple woodchip-filled trenches called bioreactors can clean nitrogen pollution from water. Find out more from Dr. Laura Christianson of the University of Illinois as she talks about one of her favorite ideas.

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Conservation Tillage and Soil Health

“Conservation Tillage and Soil Health” provides a short, animated outline of the basic principles of conservation tillage. The third episode of SARE’s “What is Sustainable Agriculture?” animation series illustrates how many producers are retiring conventional tillage equipment and turning to conservation tillage to improve soil health and productivity.

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ADMC Bioreactor

This ADMC webpage provides information on bioreactors including considerations for installation and financial impacts.

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NRCS Bioreactor Conservation Practice Standard Factsheet

This one page factsheet from NRCS provides an overview of woodchip bioreactors, how they fuction, and the benefits they provide.

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NRCS Conservation Drainage

The NRCS Conservation Drainage webpage provides an overview of several conservation drainage practices, research, and additional resources.

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Woodchip Bioreactors: A Science-based Option to Reduce Nitrate Loss

This fact sheet answers some of the most common questions about woodchip bioreactors using a recent survey of all published bioreactor research.

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