This program was designed to engage farmers in the nutrient and water quality issues facing agriculture by providing information on possible nutrient losses from their production operations.

These results are simply a snapshot in time of ambient nutrient levels in water collected from tile drainage, surface runoff or nearby streams.

Nutrient levels in runoff water can vary greatly depending on the time of year, temperature, rainfall and in-field practices.

Testing is available for Farm Bureau members on Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 pm at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau.

  • Please call ahead 30 minutes to ensure the equipment is calibrated prior to your arrival.
  • Please be mindful of property boundaries and do not trespass to collect a water sample.
  • We reserve the right to refuse this service to non-members or those not following trespass rules.”

Contact the Farm Bureau for more information at 815.962.0653

NREC Phosphorus Runoff Webinar

  • Sample containers should be clean and free of any residual chemicals or detergents.
  • Samples need to be at least 8 ounces.
  • Samples should be taken as close to the testing time as possible (preferably within 48 hours) and be kept refrigerated if not being tested immediately.
  • An estimate of flow will allow additional calculations (load in lbs/day)- simply record seconds it takes to fill up a 5 gallon bucket.

On March 2, 2016 NREC partnered with Illinois Farm Bureau to present a webinar that highlighted the research conducted by scientists at University of Illinois. The research focused on phosphorus runoff and how fertilizer application methods can impact the rate of runoff. The archived webinar can be viewed using the link below.

  Sampling Instructions

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