Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
The 4R nutrient stewardship system is an integral part of any successful conservation system. By following the 4Rs, producers direct a more precise use of nutrients, timed to when the crop needs them, and achieve better economic returns and less environmental loss. Efficient management of nutrients helps to make agricultural conservation systems both economically viable and environmentally beneficial. CTIC initiatives promoting 4R nutrient stewardship include:
One-on-one work with producers, demonstrations, nutrient use efficiency studies and water quality monitoring will determine what improvements result when 50-75% of producers and acres in a small watershed adopt comprehensive conservation systems – including the 4Rs – over a six-year period.
This national information campaign showcases producers who use the right fertilizer product, apply it at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place.
CTIC’s annual summer event features on-farm visits with producers who utilize the 4Rs in a comprehensive conservation system to provide economic and environmental benefits.
Cover Crops and Conservation Tillage Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution
With funding from U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, CTIC will demonstrate the effectiveness of cover crops and conservation tillage systems to decrease agricultural nonpoint source pollution and inform producers about the economic benefits of the systems.
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