Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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To assist and represent the crop production supply and service industry while promoting the sound stewardship and utilization of agricultural inputs.
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Updated Nov 24, 2020

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CEU Opportunities for Crop Advisors

One of the less thought of impacts of canceled conferences, shows, field days, and meetings within our industry has been the shortage of CEU opportunities for Crop Advisors. If you are a Certified Crop Advisor in need of CEU's, or just interested in attending online conferences or listening to webinars regarding information directly impacting our industry, then we encourage you to go through&...more

Final Rules on Farmer NH3 Training Published

New rules in Illinois require farmers or those working on their behalf to be certified in order to transport, apply or work on ammonia equipment.  The rules are posted below.  The IL Dept of Ag will offer on-line training starting in January 2021.  IFCA and IDA plan to offer "train the trainer" classes in early 2021 so that retailers can provide in-person ...more

COVID Update; Nov 20 Mitigation Plan

The State of Illinois has implemented new covid mitigations effective Nov 20, 2020.  Click the heading above to see the guidelines.  Below are other resources on how essential industries such as agriculture can continue to function.  Contact IFCA with questions.  

New! Pesticide Training & Testing (On-Line and some In-Person Testing)

Details on Dicamba Registrations and Label Changes

Late in the afternoon of October 27, USEPA announced it has issued new registrations for XtendiMax and Engenia, two dicamba products whose labels were cancelled last July 31, 2020.  The Agency also extended the registration for Tavium; therefore, all these labels now expire in 2025.  No news on the registration for FeXapan yet, but registration for this product would be possible since the XtendiMax registration ...more

IFCA 2020-2021 Scholarship

Fall Nitrogen Guidelines

Illinois MRTN Guide, Apple App and Video Below

On-Line Fall Ammonia Safety Training

NH3 Safety Checklist for Growers

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has an informative checklist for growers to serve as a reminder to keep safety in mind when handling anhydrous ammonia.

Paraquat Label Changes & Training Requirements

Paraquat labels in 2020 require anyone who "uses" or applies the products to be certified applicators and also take paraquat label training.  Syngenta explains the requirement in the document below.  To access the on-line paraquat training program, click on the title of this story.  To learn more about classroom training options see the document below.  

Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council

New Version of Cover Crop Guide

NREC recently updated its Cover Crop Guide, including more guidance based on research performed on Illinois farms.  Please click on the link provided to read over the new version of the cover crop guide, "Considering Cover Crops? - Let this guide be your guide to success"

New Law Removes License Plates on Fertilizer Trailers, Floaters on Jan 1, 2020

New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

There are several important compliance requirements for Illinois ammonia facilities and nurse tanks that go into effect on December 31, 2020. Click below to view the NH3 Rules Compliance Guide or to download the regulations (8 IL Adm Code Part 215).

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more

Uniform Carrier Registration

NTIP Markings for Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tanks

There may be some confusion on markings on nurse tanks that are enrolled into the NTIP program.  The DOT-SP 13554 is no longer required as a marking on the side of the nurse tanks.  Click below for examples of current markings that are acceptable and markings that would be considered a violation. 

Illinois State Soil Temperatures


Each day we show the previous day's 12:00 pm 4" soil temperatures.


IFCA Twitter

The IDOA canceled all in-person testing through Dec. 31 for individuals wanting an alternative for online pesticide…
Dan Schaefer and Eric Miller, testing out the IFCA research strip till bar at Eric’s Piatt County discovery farm to…
IFCA provides these 6 seasonal reminders about using #anhydrousammonia #fertilizer. This week is sure to be a busy…
Dr. Nafziger writes in today U and I's Bulletin about "Soil Temperatures and Fall Ammonia Application" #Nitrogen
IFCA's Dan Schaefer and Jason Solberg are planting #covercrop for Dr. Emerson Nafziger at U of I south farm in Urba…


Keep It 4R Crop Twitter

Stay in Place, but read the latest nitrogen management and rate recommendations from UI here:…
Join us March 20 at 9 am CST for a Spring Nitrogen webinar. 1 CEU in NM for those who participate. This webinar i…
The risk of phosphorus loss from fields increases when P is applied to frozen or snow-covered soils. The graph her…
Wondering about the timing of fall applied nitrogen? Today Dr. Nafziger at the University of Illinois published a…
Ready to sidedress late planted corn? Get fresh advice on N source and rate from UI in this June 7 Bulletin: