Tricia Braid

Jun 18, 2018  |  Today's News |  Conservation

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy calls for a 45% reduction in nitrogen loss from our fields by 2045, with an interim goal of 25% reduced loss in nitrogen by 2025. If it makes sense on your farm, one of the most effective ways to reduce N loss is to use a cover crop system. Find out more about how to use cover crops as a best management practice this coming Tuesday, June 26th, at the Schertz Aerial Service annual grower meeting. Dr. Laura Gentry of the IL Corn staff is among the presenters, along with Drs. Joel Gruver and Gary Schnitkey, university professors with whom we work.


RSVP is required by June 22. Call 309-725-3340 or email Registration is at 8 am with coffee and donuts. The meeting begins at 9:00. Lunch is provided by Compeer Financial at the close of the meeting.


The event will be held at the Schertz Aerial facility at 20478 N 2900 East Rd. Lexington, IL 61753.



9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Vince Davis: Technical Service Representative, BASF, new developments and updates for herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.


9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Dr. Joel Gruver: Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Ag, Western Illinois University, most beneficial and cost effective cover crop practices.


Dr. Laura Gentry: Director of Water Quality Science, IL Corn, new cover crop initiatives to benefit water quality and soil health.


Dr. Gary Schnitkey: Professor of Farm Management, University of Illinois, financial benefits of cover crops and the data analysis used to support them.


11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Rob Jarek: Technical Agronomy Manager, Stoller USA, R4 corn application utilizing sugar power to further maximize seed fill, reduce kernel dent, increase starch content, improve ethanol value to get consistently higher yield benefits.


Scot Schertz: Owner of Schertz Aerial Service, Inc. Scot has owned and operated Schertz Aerial Service, Inc. for over 30 years and will be discussing his thoughts on insect protection for the 2018 season.


FMC, Syngenta, BASF, and Bayer representatives will be present to answer questions.

CCA Credits Available