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Researching What Could be Tomorrow's Problem Corn Ear Pest September 13, 2017

Nebraska and Brazilian entomology researchers have joined to study current and expected corn insect pests and how management strategies can be changed to address population shifts.

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Graduate student Ben Samuelson and research technician John Stark install poles and twine for  trellising to support the young pepper plants in the research plot at Scottsbluff. Extension  Educator Gary Stone is in the background
Graduate student Ben Samuelson and research technician John Stark install poles and twine for trellising to support the young pepper plants in the research plot at Scottsbluff. Extension Educator Gary Stone is in the background.

Biodegradable Biomulch Studied for Environmental Benefits August 15, 2017

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are testing a new plastic sheet that can be used as a biodegradable mulch. Developed by 3M, the plastic is made from polylactic acid derived from corn, not petroleum, making it a likely candidate for organic vegetable production.

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Wheat variety trial field day
Figure 1. Producers examine wheat variety trials during a field day earlier this year.

Research Suggests Changes in Two Wheat Practices Could Lead to Increased Yield August 3, 2017

Fine-tuning wheat production practices such as seeding rate and N application timing and selecting a mix of varieties for a location could significantly improve yield and end-use quality of winter wheat in Nebraska. This article highlights findings from two published articles on results from University of Nebraska wheat research in eastern and western Nebraska.

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Figure 1. Harkamal Walia (second from left) discusses an experimental plan for the grant at the High Throughput Phenotyping facility at the Greenhouse Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus. From left is Toshihiro Obata, Hongfeng Yu and Qi Zhang. Not pictured are researchers Chi Zhang and Gota Morota. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication)

University Leads Research into Heat-Tolerant Crops August 2, 2017

An agronomy professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the effects of high nighttime temperatures on wheat and rice. The stress of high nighttime temperatures can lead to severe losses in crop yield and quality. Researchers from Arkansas State University and Kansas State University will be collaborating on the project.

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Cover crops
Figure 1. A new two-year study led by researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops. (Photo by Chris Proctor)

Nebraska Research to Examine Benefits of Cover Crop July 27, 2017

A new, multi-state, two-year study led by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops in soybean cropping systems, including finding the balance between lower soybean yields from shorter-season varieties and increased cover crop biomass after early soybean harvest.

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