Planting

Meat thermometer measuring soil temperature

Corn, Soybean Planting Considerations for this Week’s Cold Snap April 24, 2017

With nighttime lows predicted to drop several nights this week, growers are advised to cautiously assess the potential for germination problems due to imbibitional chilling before planting. Agronomists advise checking soil temperatures in each field the day of planting as well as forecast temperatures for 24 hours (soybeans) or 48 hours (corn) after planting.

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Firm Seedbeds For Planting Grasses And Alfalfa April 10, 2017

Before planting alfalfa or grass this spring, take time to ensure that your seedbed is firm and ready to nurture seedlings.

Walk acoss the field, looking back at your footprints.  Do you sink in more deeply than the soles of your shoes or boots?  If so, your seedbed may be too soft.

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Well nodulated soybean roots

Making Data-Driven Decisions on Soybean Inoculation April 6, 2017

Farmers, agronomists, and researchers provide three steps to deciding whether to inoculate soybeans this spring.

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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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Seed-vee that didn't properly close
Seed-vee that didn't properly close
3 top tps for delayed soybean planting
3 top tps for delayed soybean planting

Adjusting for Delayed Soybean Planting May 27, 2016

As wet conditions further delay soybean planting in some areas, learn what practices may need to be adjusted and which don't to achieve a successful soybean stand.

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Tractor tilling in wet soils
Tractor tilling in wet soils

Wait for Better Conditions before Heading Out on Wet Soils May 27, 2016

Driving on or planting in wet soils can cause compaction and lead to reduced emergence, but how do you know when it's too wet? Check out these quick field tests of soil moisture.

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Checking seed placement of a multi-hybrid planter
Figure 1. Joe Luck (left) and Rachel Stevens check seed placement of a multi-hybrid planter being tested as part of a collaborative research project among UNL researchers, industry, and growers.

UNL Precision Ag Leads Group Studying Multi-Hybrid Planter Applications in Corn and Soybeans May 26, 2016

A multi-disciplinary UNL Precision Ag Research and Extension team is working with local and regional industry groups and growers to examine the use and potential for multi-hybrid planters. This new technology can plant at least two seed varieties in one trip or manage various seed treatments from separate bulk tanks on the planter.

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