MCFB partners with Gold Star FS for 4R4U Project

ALEDO -- Gold Star FS, Inc. and the Mercer County Farm Bureau are part of a statewide partnership between Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois county Farm Bureaus, GROWMARK, and FS companies to demonstrate and investigate 4R nutrient stewardship practices.

The 4R field demonstration program, titled 4R4U (4R for you), is a pilot program with hopes for a multi-year partnership to bring added use, awareness and knowledge on nutrient stewardship via the 4R approach: the right source of nutrient, at the right time, at the right rate, and in the right place.

Local plot tests will compare common practices to advanced practices on nutrient stewardship. Tests will include N-rate trials, multiple nitrogen applications, stabilizer utilizations, no-till planting, cover crops and soil samples.

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