Nebraska On-Farm Research Network

Bags of corn seed

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

If you've been thinking about incorporating an on-farm research study this year, the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network still has several opportunities.

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Laura Thompson and Dean Stevens in the field
Figure 1. Laura Thompson discusses an on-farm research plan with Dean Stevens, a corn-soybean farmer near Falls City. A new tool on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network website allows growers to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

Find Nearby On-Farm Research Results More Quickly with New Website April 26, 2017

A new tool on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network website allows growers to click on a map of Nebraska to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

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Results Finder Web Page

New Online Tool Helps Growers Easily Find On-Farm Research Results April 24, 2017

A new tool is available on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network (NOFRN) website that allows growers to simply click on a map of Nebraska to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

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Figure 1. Liquid fertilizer manifold used on a planter for applying starter fertilizer. (Photo by Charles Shapiro)

Starter Fertilizer: When is it Warranted? April 12, 2017

As you evaluate the cost of inputs, consider this: Only focusing on expenses without subsequent income changes is misleading. The most profitable plan uses the most profitable inputs. Is a starter fertilizer one of those inputs? The authors look at university and grower research under various conditions to see when a starter fertilizer offers economic benefits.

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Field of soybeans

10 Years of Research Shows Benefit of Reducing Soybean Seeding Rates March 30, 2017

A review of 10 years of soybean research shows that reducing your seeding rate from 150,000 to 120,000 seeds/acre can result in a $10.69/acre savings without affecting yield (assuming a $60/unit seed cost at 140,000 seeds/unit).

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Farmer Jerry Mulliken of Nickerson

Increase Profitability with On-Farm Research March 16, 2017

Jerry Mulliken discusses what he's learned from conducting more than 30 research studies on his farm near Nickerson, Nebraska. On-farm research provides meaningful information specific to a farm's soils, farming practices, and local conditions, allowing growers to make management decisions with confidence. Learn more from a farmer's perspective in this article and video.

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Nebraska Extension Educator Laura Thompson scouting a corn field
Nebraska Extension Educator Laura Thompson taking early season stand counts as part of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Project. Thompson and Extension Educator Keith Glewen are research coordinators.

Growers Statewide to Share On-Farm Research Results February 7, 2017

Results from more than 70 on-farm research projects conducted in Nebraska in 2016 will be shared at meetings scheduled for five Nebraska sites. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

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Byron Chvatal
Byron Chvatal

Meet Bryon Chvatal, a Nebraska On-Farm Researcher February 7, 2017

Bryon Chvatal of Prague has been conducting trials through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network for the last 10-12 years, each season taking 40-80 acres to test a practice, product or machinery change. He farms a “mostly dryland,” no-till corn-soybean rotation.

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