You make your living from the land.  

 

You have been raised in the country, you’ve worked with Mother Nature all your life, and you understand that if you want the same sort of life for your children, you must preserve and conserve what is in your care.

 

Best management practices are the techniques and methods farmers use to take the best care of the soil, water, air, plants, and animals around them. IL Corn wants to partner with you to help you understand the best science, the best techniques, the best opportunities to care for your natural resources. 

We have programming that will help you test your water for nutrient levels, try out cover crops for the first time, and apply nitrogen in the most responsible way.  Our programming in this area continues to grow!  Please stay plugged in with us to keep learning and growing as a conservationist.

 

Making Nitrogen Decisions

In Illinois, researchers have been testing different amounts of nitrogen in corn fields for years. They collected the data from these tests and created an online tool. This tool considers the current prices of corn and nitrogen fertilizer to figure out the best amount of nitrogen to use for maximum profit per acre. It's called the "Maximum Return to Nitrogen" rate (MRTN). Farmers can use this tool to make sure they're getting the most economic benefit from their nitrogen program and feel sure about their decisions.

nitrogen calculator

Gain Access to Illinois' Premier Conservation Program

 

In 2016, IL Corn launched a farmer service program, Precision Conservation Management (PCM), in response to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Today PCM is funded still by IL Corn and other organizations.
 

PCM works with farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices. They provide one-on-one support to qualifying farmers to help them understand the costs & benefits of adopting new conservation practices.

They provide FREE access to the Farmer Portal to any farmer who wants to contribute their farm data, and access recommendations based on other farmer participant’s aggregated, anonymized data.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PCM PROGRAM

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Grace is from Princeton, IL and is a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently studying Agriculture and Consumer Economics with a concentration in Public...

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Corn Growers Focus on Opening Markets, Enforcing Trade Agreements

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IL Corn Announces Scholarship Recipients

Tara Desmond

May 2nd, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Public Outreach

  IL Corn proudly announces the recipients of its 2024 scholarships, marking another successful year in supporting the next generation of agricultural leaders.     "Entering our second year, we...

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New GREET Model Will Limit Availability of Cleaner Jet Fuel in the Short Term

May 1st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Illinois corn farmers are very concerned by the announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury (USDOT) limiting corn-based ethanol's contribution to the decarbonization of the aviation...

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Conservation Practice Adoption a Focus During Rep Budzinski Visit to Illinois Farm

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April 25th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Conservation |  Legislation & Regulation |  Farm Policy

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Access to Higher Blends of Ethanol During Summer Months a Win for Illinoisans

April 19th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol

Upon hearing the U.S. EPA announcement that it will issue a temporary waiver allowing access to lower-cost, lower-emission E15, the IL Corn Growers Association President Dave Rylander from...

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A Washington Filled with High Drama and Palace Intrigue

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April 18th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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PAC Committee Chairman, Jim Reed

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Maize Matters: PAC Commitments Time, Treasure, Talent

April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

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Maize Matters: Springfield sparks for Farm Succession

April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

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April 8th, 2024  |  ICGA

The IL Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is growing its political footprint in Washington, D.C. amidst concerns for the future of the farm economy.    In early March, ICGA called on Congress to...

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Corn Growers Against 2, 4-D Herbicide Tariffs

April 4th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

In an International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing today, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Harold Wolle discouraged the agency from placing tariffs on the imported herbicide 2,...

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From Fields to Flight: IL Corn Plays Role in SAF Conference

Haley B

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  ICMB |  Ethanol |  Additional Research

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IL Corn Growers Association Responds to EPA Final Tailpipe Emissions Rule

March 28th, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Ethanol |  Legislation & Regulation

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As Spring Arrives, Washington Policymakers and Corn Grower Leaders Prepare for the Year Ahead

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March 21st, 2024  |  Today's News |  ICGA |  Legislation & Regulation

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