It Takes a Village

The Illinois Soybean Association cooperates with industry and conservation groups to facilitate practices that protect the environment and downstream water quality.

For example, to protect valuable water resources, soybean growers participate in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). The NLRS is a blueprint for improving water quality locally and in the Gulf of Mexico by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus losses from farm fields, city streets and wastewater treatment plants. 

ISA supports efforts to educate farmers in local watershed areas about nutrient loss reduction. Work to date focuses on the Kaskaskia River Watershed and Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed. 

The benefits? Reduced farm fertilizer costs and better downstream water quality.

Illinois soybean farmers partner with the USDA in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to achieve these goals along the Mississippi River

  • Reduce total sediment loading 
  • Reduce phosphorous and nitrogen loading 
  • Increase native fish and mussel stocks in lower reaches of the river 
  • Increase populations of waterfowl and shorebirds

ISA supports 4R Nutrient Stewardship: the right fertilizer, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. The 4Rs help crop advisers and farmers enhance management and efficiency while keeping key nutrients in the root zone. Many growers have already put these practices in place.

  • Conservation tillage
  • Cover crops
  • Buffer strips
  • Precision ag technology
  • Drainage management