Randy Pryor - Extension Educator

Randy Pryor

306 W 3rd St., Box 978
Wilber NE 68465-0978
402-821-2151
Email: randy.pryor@unl.edu
Twitter: @Pryor_Knowledge
Expertise in cropping systems, no-till farming, carbon payments in agriculture, farm management, new technologies in irrigation water management, manure nutrient management and wind farm leases in Nebraska. Pryor also works in the 4-H youth development program and community development issues.

Adjusting the combine feeder house chain with green soybeans can help optimize harvest.

Equipment Adjustments for Harvesting Soybeans at 13%-15% Moisture September 15, 2017

When harvesting higher moisture soybeans, adjustments to your combine and your practices can help minimize challenges in the field, making it easier to achieve a recommended average soil moisture level of 13%.

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Chart illustrating soybean harvest moisture study

Plan Harvest to Deliver Soybeans at the Optimum Moisture September 14, 2017

Most soybeans are harvested and delivered directly to an elevator instead of being placed in on-farm storage. Soybeans delivered below or above 13% moisture—the elevator standard—lose potential profit. The economics illustrated here show how harvest timing can affect potential income.

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Eastern Nebraska wheat field that yielded more than 110 bu/ac.
Figure 1. High yields (more than 100 bushels per acre) were harvested in some eastern Nebraska winter wheat fields this year.

Recap of 2017 Eastern Nebraska Winter Wheat Crop August 31, 2017

While final USDA yield numbers aren't in yet, it looks like 2017 wheat yields could rival the 2016 yields in portions of eastern Nebraska, based on state variety trials and extension educator reports. See the breakdowns by district.

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Wilber Crop Clinic Feb. 10 February 1, 2017

“Adapting to Today’s Agricultural Economy” is the main theme for the 2017 Wilber Crop Clinic.

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Lincoln solar farm
Figure 1. The state’s largest solar farm – located just west of Lincoln off Interstate 80 – features 15,333 solar panels on 30 acres. Developed by the Lincoln Electric System and completed in June 2016, it generates approximately 5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 900 typical homes in Lincoln. (Photo by John Hay)

Solar Land Lease: Considerations in Nebraska January 31, 2017

Before signing a solar lease, consider how it may impact your taxes, insurance, federal agriculture programs, and other property rights such as oil and minerals. This article looks at solar leases and points to consider in Nebraska.

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Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension Weed Science and Application Technology Specialist, presenting sprayer nozzle information at a previous event.

New Southeast Nebraska Sprayer Clinic Feb. 8 January 27, 2017

The Southeast Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Extension are teaming up to sponsor a new activity for area pesticide spray operators.  A sprayer applicator clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wedneday, Feb. 8 at the 4-H Building in Crete at the Tuxedo Park and Fairgrounds. Doors will open for registration at 9 a.m.

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Map showing sites of Nebraska soybean fields in study of yield-limiting production factors
Map showing sites of Nebraska soybean fields in study of yield-limiting production factors

Help Us Identify Yield-Limiting Factors in Nebraska Soybean Fields October 5, 2016

Nebraska soybean producers are being asked to answer a survey about their soybean fields and contribute to a benchmark study of current soybean production in Nebraska. Researchers from 10 north central states, including Nebraska, are collecting the data to identify factors that may be impeding growers from reaching full yield. See what they've learned in the first two years of the study and how they hope to use the information.

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Field of mature soybeans
Figure 1. Keep a careful eye on soybean moisture as the crop dries down. What appears to be wet from the road may be dry enough to harvest. Soybeans in right side of photo had a fungicide application, same variety, thus are staying green longer.

Set Soybean Harvest Goal of 13% Moisture to Aid Profits September 21, 2016

Learn how setting a goal of 13% moisture for harvested soybeans can help maximize potential profit from this year's harvest. Also see recommended adjustments for harvesting greener soybeans.

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