On-Farm Research Opportunities for This Season

On-Farm Research Opportunities for This Season April 28, 2017

If you've been thinking about incorporating an on-farm research study into your operation this year, the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network (NOFRN) has several opportunities.

A new cover crop study is evaluating corn CRM hybrids for improving cover crop establishment. The study would identify the actual on-farm yield of four comparative relative maturity (CRM) corn hybrids. For more information about this study, see the protocol, developed by Chris Proctor, weed management educator, Justin McMechan, crop protection and cropping systems specialist, Roger Elmore, cropping systems agronomist, and Angela Bastidas, graduate research assistant in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

The other study for which NOFRN is still seeking participants is designed in cooperation with industry to evaluate the effects of Agnition Commence Seed Treatment on corn. For more information, see the study protocol. 

In addition to these studies, growers are invited to work with the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network to develop new studies or conduct an existing protocol to answer questions they were considering for their farm.

The NOFRN provides an opportunity for farmers to test a variety of products and practices, including planting population, irrigation rates, nitrogen management decision tools, seed treatments, and biological products.  View more details about each study in their research protocols. New study opportunities will be posted throughout April and May, so check back frequently for more options to get involved.  Additionally, you are not limited to the topics presented here.  If you have another research topic in mind, Nebraska Extension cropping systems educators will work with you to design a study to address the questions that matter to you.

Please contact Laura Thompson at laura.thompson@unl.edu, 402-472-8043, or Keith Glewen at kglewen1@unl.edu, 402-624-8005, if you are interested in participating in this or other research studies.

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff Board, and the Dry Bean Commission. The goal of the network is to put to use a statewide on-farm research program addressing critical farmer production, profitability, and natural resources questions.

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On-farm researchers Dean Stevens and Nathan Thompson are switching out corn hybrids as part of a NOFRN variety study in southeast Nebraska.