Check out the 2012 report and learn from the research results.
Producers - you can now obtain valuable crop production-related information from on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers in partnership with UNL faculty.
The goal of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is to put in place a statewide on-farm research program addressing critical farmer production, profitability and natural resources questions.
Growers take an active role in the on-farm research project sponsored by UNL Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Corn Board.
Nebraska corn growers are constantly challenged to grow corn responsibly using proven best-management practices with less impact on the environment while conserving natural resources.
All of this while trying to make a profit. The goal of the UNL Extension, the Nebraska Corn Board, and Nebraska Corn Growers Association partnership is to implement a statewide on-farm research program addressing critical farmer production, profitability and natural resources questions.
- There is no fee to join the network and you will gain valuable, useful information for your operation.
- The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network can help you get answers.
- Download the brochure.
- Download the Excel file for research project protocols and examples, as well as a registration form for the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.
Growers can choose from 1 or more of these research comparisons:
- Irrigation - water application management in corn production (Be a part of the Nebraska Ag Water Management Network)
- Nitrogen management in corn production - both irrigated and dryland
- Corn population study in irrigated and dryland
- All Nebraska On-Farm Research Protocols
***Additional Pre-Plant Nitrogen Studies: If you are interested in comparing your own nitrogen application rate versus the UNL recommendation, the UNL nitrogen rate can be determined by going to the following spreadsheet. An example is provided of what cells need to be completed in order to generate a UNL recommendation.
When designing a nitrogen comparison you need to remember nitrogen is a mobile nutrient and corn roots will spread laterally. Therefore, the width of the treatments must take this into account and compensate for it. If you have a 16 row nitrogen applicator and an 8 row corn head, you will need 32 rows of each nitrogen rate. Each 32 row strip must be repeated 4 times. At harvest, in each 32 row block, you must record and weigh the center 16 rows with two separate weights i.e. 8+8 . This is done for statistical analysis purposes. Without statistics, you cannot determine if differences between treatments is the result of the nitrogen rate or because of soil variability.
- Learn more about Designing Your Farm Research Comparison.
- Related NebGuide: Farmer Research Project Initiation and Implementation
- Nebraska Farm Research Answers Producers' Questions (April 9, 2010)
- 2011 Eastern Nebraska On-farm Research Results
- 2011 South Central Nebraska On-farm Research Results
- Fall Fertilizing and On-Farm Research Options to Evaluate It
- Farmers Should Look for On-Farm Research Opportunities
- Join the New On-Farm Research Network!