January 10, 2020 9:50 am

One way to control runoff of nitrogen and phosphorus is to have a growing crop on the field.

“That’s why cover crops are so important,” said Gary Schnitkey, professor at the University of Illinois and U of I Extension farm management specialist.

“If we can reduce nitrogen moving from farm fields into water and down to the Gulf, we will also reduce the hypoxia,” Schnitkey said during the Improving Midwest Agriculture and the Environment meeting. Read more.

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