SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Farmers should expect a survey in the mail soon as the USDA works to measure nutrient management practices.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting a survey of Illinois farmers for the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council to measure a number of management practices, including use of cover crops, timing of fertilizer applications and methods of determining nitrogen application rates.

In addition, the survey will measure edge of field practices including wood chip bioreactors, constructed wetlands and saturated buffers.

Results from the survey will be published in August. For more information, contact the NASS Heartland Regional Field Office at 800-551-1014.