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The future of farming

April 10, 2023  By David Blanchette, Illinois Times

Fertilizer belongs in farm fields, helping crops to grow. It doesn’t belong in drinking water supplies or in the Gulf of Mexico.

Central Illinois farmers are adopting more practices to make sure that fertilizers, or nutrients as they are called in the business, stay where they’re supposed to stay, and stay out of the places where they shouldn’t be.

It’s all about water management and wringing every possible particle of nitrogen and phosphorous out of rain and ground water before it leaves a farmer’s property. It’s the right thing to do for those who value clean water supplies and the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. Hypoxia, or low oxygen caused largely by nitrogen fertilizer runoff carried down the Mississippi, has created “dead zones” in the Gulf. | READ MORE


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