Soybean Management Field Days Aug. 8-11 at 4 Locations

Attendees at the 2016 Soybean Management Field Day
Figure 1. Cropping systems specialist Rodrigo Werle covers the latest research and technology to assist soybean producers during a 2016 Soybean Management Field Day near Cordova. (Photo by Deloris Pittman)

Soybean Management Field Days Aug. 8-11 at 4 Locations

The 19th annual Soybean Management Field Days, scheduled for Aug. 8-11, will focus on staying competitive in a global marketplace, increasing profits, and meeting the world's growing food and energy needs starting in Nebraska. The field days will offer producers research-based information to improve their soybean profitability.

The field days are sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff in partnership with Nebraska Extension and are funded through soybean checkoff dollars. The efforts of the checkoff are directed by the United Soybean Board.

The event consists of four stops across the state, each with replicated research, demonstration plots, lunch and time for questions. Producers can obtain ideas and insights about the challenges they face in producing a quality crop at a profitable price in today's global economy. 

Presenters include specialists and educators from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and industry consultants. Topics include:

  • early season crop stress effects on production, insects and seedling diseases;
  • maturity group and traits, cover crops and weed management;
  • spraying new herbicide formulations in soybeans;
  • marketing and policy outlook; and
  • impact of tillage on seeding rates, evapotranspiration and soil factors affecting yield.

Agronomists and plant disease and insect specialists will be available to address production-related questions. Participants can bring unknown crop problems for identification. 

The field days begin with 9 a.m. registration and end at 2:30 p.m. Free registration is available the day of the event. Dates and locations are:

  • Aug. 8, West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road, North Platte 
  • Aug. 9, Tad Melia Farm near Ord
  • Aug. 10, Jim Gerdes Farm near Auburn
  • Aug. 11, Tim Gregerson Farm near Tekamah

For more information on the field days and driving directions to the sites, visit or contact the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff at 800-852-BEAN or Nebraska Extension at 1-800-529-8030

What will you learn at SMFD?

Early Season Crop Stress Effects on Production, Insects and Seedling Diseases
  • Review common seedling diseases and how stress can impact development
  • Are seed treatments consistently are a good investment?
  • Update on study researching herbicide interactions with seedling diseases
  • Overview of the impact and management of early season hail damage in soybeans
Maturity Group and Traits, Cover Crops and Weed Management
  • Impact of maturity and trait selection on soybean production and weed management
  • Cover crops as part of corn-soybean rotations
  • Cover crops as a weed management tool
The Good, Bad and Ugly When Spraying the New Herbicide Formulations in Soybeans
  • How to ensure good results
  • How to ensure from having bad results
  • How to ensure against ugly results
Marketing and Policy Outlook
  • Assessing current market decisions
  • Making marketing decisions given the current outlook
  • Calculating projected farm program supports through 2018
  • Analyzing potential policy alternatives and choices for 2019 and beyond
Impact of Tillage on Seeding Rates, Evapotranspiration and Soil Factors Affecting Yield
  • Impact of residue cover on soil water evaporation
  • Tillage effects on the soil system
  • Tillage effects on seeding rates