Growers Statewide to Share On-Farm Research Results

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

Farm operators and agronomists from across the state are invited to attend the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network research update program at a location near them. Producers will obtain valuable crop production information from over 70 on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

Producer and NU faculty reviewing precision ag data on a computer screen
Figure 2. After harvest and final data collection, faculty work with producers to analyze the data and summarize the results.

Locations and times include:

  • Feb. 20 — near Mead, at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center located at the Agricultural Research and Development Center;
  • Feb. 21 — Norfolk at the Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College;
  • Feb. 23 — North Platte at the West Central Research and Extension Center;
  • Feb. 24 — Alliance at the Knight Museum Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.; and
  • Feb. 27 — Grand Island at the Hall County Extensino Office, College Park Campus.

At Mead, Norfolk, and Grand Island registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT. At North Platte registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the program is from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  At Alliance registration begins at 8:30 a.m. MDT with the program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT. Lunch will be served at all locations.

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about how one Nebraska producer, Bryon Chvatal of Prague, integrated  on-farm research into his operation.

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is a statewide, on-farm research program that addresses critical farmer production, profitability and natural resources questions. Growers take an active role in the on-farm research project sponsored by Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Soybean Board, and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

These February programs will provide an opportunity to hear growers who conducted on-farm research share their results from the 2016 growing season. Field length replicated treatment comparisons were completed in growers’ fields, using their equipment.

Research projects to be discussed will include:

  • cover crops,
  • variable rate seeding,
  • planting populations,
  • multi-hybrid planting,
  • starter fertilizer,
  • fungicide applications,
  • alternate crop rotations,
  • multi-hybrid planting uses,
  • seed treatments (including treatment for Sudden Death Syndrome), and
  • sidedress nitrogen management technologies including commercially available models and Project SENSE which uses crop canopy sensors for in-season, variable-rate nitrogen management.


The event is free; preregistration is requested for meal planning purposes. Call (402) 624-8030 or e-mail to register for any of the five sites. To learn more about the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how to participate, visit

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