Now more than ever, the practice of fall-applied Nitrogen is under the microscope in Illinois. Regardless of individual farmer opinions on the matter, the fact is that environmental interests have turned this particular farming practice into the “hot button” issue in Illinois right now. Best Management Practices for fall-applied N have been recommended by IL Corn and most farm groups, along with the IL Fertilizer and Chemical Association. See the map in this post for the latest soil temps in your area. Compromising the integrity of the industry at this point could very well compromise fall-applied N for everyone in Illinois.
Click 10am 4-Inch Bare Soil Temperature Map (° F) for the latest information on soil temps.
The future of fall-applied N in the state of Illinois depends on YOU. Do what’s right.
The IL Fertilizer and Chemical Association recommends using nitrogen stabilizers for ALL fall-applied N.
Wait until after October 15th before even considering N application.
Only apply N when the soil temps are in the low 50’s and the longterm forecast is for sustained cool weather.
If you choose NOT to use an N stabilizer, only apply N when soil temps are below 50 degrees and will stay that way.
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