Research could add wheat to IL NLRS strategies

The Illinois Nutrient Research Education Council (NREC) is working to add wheat to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS).

Dr. Shani Golovay, NREC research manager, says if adopted, Illinois wheat growers could see additional nutrient management credits…

“Because you obviously can’t grow a cover crop if you have winter wheat in the field.”  She says, “Should farmers get credit for having that winter wheat? So, we’re doing some research looking at winter wheat numbers.”

She tells Brownfield there is precedent for getting practices added to the strategy…

“Two years ago, I proposed and got wascobs into the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, again to give some southern Illinois farmers a little bit of a ‘Hey, they’re doing stuff,’” she says.  “Wascobs is something that you would put on your field if it’s not completely flat and black;  or dry dams, they’re sometimes called.”

Golovay says they’re funding a multiple year study to determine the impact growing winter wheat has on nutrient retention and water quality. 

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy was established in 2015 to reduce the negative impacts of nutrient loads in Illinois waterways.

AUDIO: Dr. Shani Golovay – Research Manager at IL NREC

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