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Read article: Turn trash to treasure with composting
Turn trash to treasure with composting
At its core, composting is recycling organic matter into nutrient-rich soil.  Plants and other vegetative matter are broken down by decomposers such...
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Read article: Household ammonia cleaner as a homemade fertilizer
Household ammonia cleaner as a homemade fertilizer
It is time for another installment of What’s under my sink and can I use it in the garden? Today comes a home remedy that originates back to...
Cover crop growing in corn stubble
Read article: Make managing cover crops easier using the Cover Crop Decision Support Tool
Make managing cover crops easier using the Cover Crop Decision Support Tool
Interested in adopting cover crops but unsure what it will mean for your field? In the December 2021 NLRS Podcast episode, we go into depth on an...
Corn plant in dark soil
Read article: The down and dirty on soil carbon and carbon markets
The down and dirty on soil carbon and carbon markets
Interested in joining a carbon (C) market, but not sure what it will mean for your field? With a large, diverse number of companies attempting to...

News Releases

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Farm Forward: Turning Last Season’s Challenges Into Next Season’s Triumphs
Join University of Illinois Extension Crop Sciences Educator Kathryn Seebruck for the first year of her series “Farm Forward: Turning Last Season’s Challenges Into Next Season’s Triumphs”. This monthly series aims to address the needs of row crop producers and will be rotated between Jo Daviess...
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Soil Health to be discussed at Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit
Is building soil health while maintaining crop yields possible in Northern Climates? Over the past five years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been exploring the possibilities of incorporating reduced tillage and winter rye into corn and soybean crop rotations. This work has proven very...
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Ag in the Classroom book grant allows students to learn about soil
OREGON, Ill. - Ms. Tammy Greene of Kings School received a book grant on soil from the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program, the IAA Foundation, and the Illinois Farm Bureau.  Her fourth-grade class will be learning about soil throughout the year.   The mission of the Illinois...

Videos

Vermicomposting - Turning Leftovers into Soil

When we are asked to describe an ocean, forest, desert, or even our backyard we can give a pretty clear description about what one might find there. When asked what is under the ground, we tend to be unsure and it becomes clear how little we know about what is below our own backyards. Worms come...

School and Community Gardens Learning Module

Bring the garden into the schoolyard with our online School and Community Gardens Self-Paced Learning Modules. A school garden can be many things, from a pollinator garden, to a sensory garden, or a bulb garden. Our online learning modules focus on vegetable gardening while we take you on a...