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Why the cost of fertilizer is rising

January 14, 2022 08:00 AM At the end of December, phosphorus (diammonium phosphate — DAP, and monoammonium phosphate —MAP), potassium (potash) and urea prices were near or above $800 per ton, with urea and monoammonium phosphate topping $900, according to the Illinois Production Cost Report by USDA’s Agricultural Market Research. Those prices are well off the $350 to $500 range for all three products during this same time in 2020, making it the highest level for the year. Read more…

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Study: Intensive Nitrogen Stymies Organic Carbon Accumulation

December 30, 2021 08:00 AM University of Illinois’s natural resources and environmental sciences professor Richard Mulvaney wanted to know why soil organic carbon matter is disappearing from agriculture fields despite years of intensive residue inputs. So he set out to determine whether nitrogen fertilization might change the composition of corn residue, and whether that impacted carbon sequestration as a result. Read more here

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USDA makes conservation-minded crop insurance changes

December 28, 2021 08:00 AM In a notice Dec. 1, USDA’s Risk Management Agency is making permanent a new provision that allows producers to hay, graze or chop cover crops and still receive a full prevented planting payment. To accommodate the different farming practices across the country, RMA is also increasing flexibility related to the prevented planting “1 in 4” requirement, as well as aligning crop insurance definitions with USDA’s National Organic Program. Read more…

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