United Soils and Illinois State University have created a research and education partnership in 2012. This partnership with Dr. Shalamar Armstrong’s research program provides soil and plant analysis for cover crop, nitrogen management, and tile-drainage projects. These projects are also in partnership with Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association and USDA Sustainable Agriculture and Research and Education Grant.
This partnership provides new opportunities for students at Illinois State University. By working with the ISU Soil Science classes, USI is providing access to modern plant and soil analysis instruments, GPS technology, and United Soils’ proprietary GIS software I.F.A.R.M. USI employees have made classroom visits to discuss topics such as soil sampling and analysis and nutrient recommendations. This interaction gives students unique exposure to industry professionals, industry practices, and procedures. Additionally, USI provides ISU with multiple student accounts to I.F.A.R.M. each year. Soil Fertility students use I.F.A.R.M. to learn about GPS/GIS field mapping, fertilizer management, obtain GIS experience, and practice making farm management decisions.
Finally, as part of our commitment at USI to give back to the local community, USI provides the soil and tissue sampling and analysis for the Illinois State University Research and Education Farms in Lexington and Normal, Illinois. The ISU Farm management classes also have access to I.F.A.R.M. to manage data and create nutrient management plans for the farms.
These photos are from various events our staff has attended.