Agricultural runoff is a problem in Illinois and many other farm states. Nitrogen, phosphorous and chemicals help with yields, but too much winds up in the water supply. That creates problems like algae growth that robs the water of oxygen, killing off aquatic life.
Jean Payne represents fertilizer and chemical dealers in the state. She says a training program will launch this winter in an effort to get farmers better educated on how to apply nutrients to their crops, including the best time for application and proper amounts.