Find out how to keep your soil (and your nutrients) right here at home.
The Midwest. From scenic countrysides north to south, families have spent generations caring for their land. Passed from one caretaker to the next, each field of Hoosier heritage represents lots of hard work and help from the elements. Previous generations chose this perfect Midwest location for many reasons. Now, it’s today’s farmer that must make sure the land settled by their grandparents and great grandparents stays put. Keeping the soils that settled here generations before safe and sound for generations to come, well, that’s us taking pride in where we’re from. After all, the Midwest is best!
What are you putting in? Consider the form of the input being applied and the risk of loss. It’s important to incorporate a balance of nutrient sources and to consider the plant-availability of the input.
Are you applying too much, or too little? Knowing the amount of fertilizer to input into your fields is the next step in the 4Rs process. By assessing the land they’re going in, you will have a much better idea of how much is needed.
When should you apply your fertilizer? Applying your inputs at the right time can help increase efficacy and efficiency. It’s important to base your decisions on crop uptake, soil supply, nutrient loss risks, and field operation logistics.
What is the correct application of input inside the field? To determine the right place, it’s important to place fertilizer where crops are best equipped to take it, in the root zone.
Take the quiz to see where you are in the 4Rs process.
For more information on the 4Rs, visit 4rfarming.org.
Implementing edge-of-field management practices can improve soil health and water quality. Follow these 9 best practices for managing nutrients and water quality:
Read our edge-of-field management guide below for more information on how to implement these practices on your farm.
It is recommended that you test your soil pH and nutrient levels at a minimum every 4 years. Understanding your nutrient levels helps determine nutrient needs and develop a plan — which helps you pay for exactly what you need, where you need it, when you need it!
Cover crops can be a significant opportunity to impact yields, bottom lines, soil health and ultimately, water quality. Utilizing cover crops ensures your soils stay right where they’re needed for this year’s cropping season and for generations to come.
Why does this matter to you?
- You utilize crop insurance
- You like getting discounts on insurance
- You prefer to keep the nutrients you paid for right where you left them
- You settled here and you’re staying put — you want your soil to do the same
For more information, click here.
*Cover crops must have been planted in 2020, ahead of the 2021 growing season. Only acres that are not receiving cost share funding from other sources are eligible. Include select counties with a cap at 500 acres per participant. Discount is available on a first come, first served basis.
Application deadline is March 1, 2021.
Are you sure your nutrients are where you left them? 100% sure?
Water quality research tells us that nutrient runoff is a problem, costing you money and contributing to the nutrient loads entering our waterways.
If you’re located in the Upper White River watershed, Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA) is offering free nitrate test strips. You can test ditch water, tile water, surface runoff or creek water near a tile outlet around your farm. After all, you paid for your nitrogen (N), don’t you want to keep it where you put it?
By providing your information, you agree to allow IANA to contact you via email, phone, or mail. Limit 5 strips per person. While supplies last.
What am I losing into my tile water?
If you use tile water to evaluate your nitrogen loss, you can actually find your loss per acre.
Concentration x Tile Flow ÷ Drainage Area = lbs. of N per acre being lost
What do your results mean?
These results are not precise measuring tools, but a resource for estimations.
How can you keep more nitrogen where you need it?
- Applying nitrogen as close to the time it’s needed at adequate rates helps reduce nitrogen loss.
- Planting foraging / scavenging cover crops helps reclaim excess nitrogen and keep it for the next crop.
Please use this estimation for informational purposes. Reach out to your personal crop advisor for more information and detailed plans of action.
Partnerships for Success
Learn more about resource partners that work with farmers and landowners that provide programs to make soil health management easy.