Nebraska On-Farm Research Network
Working with Nebraska's producers for 26 years to address critical production, profitability, and natural resources questions.
*NEW* On-Farm Research App Puts Resources At Your Fingertips
Accessing resources from the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is now available at your fingertips - in the field, in the tractor or truck, or wherever you want to use the research app. The research app was launched in April 2015 is available for iPhone, iPad and Android users. Learn more and download the app.
Research protocols to help you get started with your own on-farm research project are now available. All protocols contain an example treatment map and are printer friendly. Featured projects include Variable Rate seeding studies and Maize-N model for sidedress N management. Learn more here.
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Five growers worked with the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network in 2014 to assess the use of cover crops for their farming operations. Specifically, these producers were concerned with the impact of cover crops on the yield of the subsequent cash crop. The results of these five studies are explored here, moving from west to east across the state.
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network continues to grow! This year the program expanded to include 3 update meetings with over 250 in attendance. Growers and educators discussed results from over 75 on-farm research studies. A number of topics were covered: cover crops, foliar fungicides, growth promoters, harvest methods, seed treatments, foliar micro-nutrients, planting operations, corn and soybean planting populations, variable rate seeding, and more!
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is launching a new project focused on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use. Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) will implement 20 on-farm research sites each year, over the next 3 years. Richard Ferguson, UNL Extension Soil Specialist, is leading the project which will focus on crop canopy sensors to direct variable-rate, in-season nitrogen application in corn. Read more...
With the capability of planters to variable-rate seed, more farmers are trying this feature out in their fields. The technology holds promise as it can help increase return on investment of seed by putting more seeds where there is more potential for increased yield. Two Nebraska producers are working with Nebraska's On-Farm Research Network to better understand the yield and economic consequence of their variable-rate planting strategy. Read more...
This spring, a farmer in Platte County, Nebraska faced a difficult replant decision. To better understand the yield and profitability impact of this decision, he carried out a replant experiment with the help of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network. His question: should I add more soybeans to my early season thin stand? The results of this study highlight the importance of making careful, thoughtful decisions in regards to replanting. Read more...