Growers Statewide to Share On-Farm Research

Variable rate planting and variable rate fertilizer application trials will be among the farmer-led research projects discussed at the Nebraska On-Farm Research Update Meetings in February.

Growers Statewide to Share On-Farm Research January 28, 2019

Farm operators and agronomists from across the state are invited to attend a Nebraska On-Farm Research Network results meeting at a location near them. 

Valuable crop production-related information from over 70 on-farm research projects conducted by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty will be presented. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

Locations and times are: 

Farm operators and agronomists from across the state are invited to attend a Nebraska On-Farm Research Network results meeting at a location near them. 

Valuable crop production-related information from over 70 on-farm research projects conducted by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty will be presented. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

Locations and times are: 

  Feb. 18 – Grand Island, Hall County Extension Office, College Park Campus, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
  Feb. 19 – Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
  Feb. 20 – Beatrice, Canceled due to weather and rescheduled for March 1
  Feb. 26 – North Platte, West Central Research and Extension Center, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. CST
  Feb. 27 – Alliance, Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. MST
  March 1 – Beatrice, Valentino’s Restaurant, 701 E. Court St., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST

Check-in begins one-half hour prior to the start times listed.  Lunch will be served at all locations.

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 Checkoff, and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

Growers who conducted on-farm research will share results from the 2018 growing season. Field length replicated treatment comparisons were completed in growers’ fields, using their equipment.

Research projects to be discussed include: 

  • cover crops,
  • variable rate seeding,
  • planting populations,
  • starter fertilizer,
  • fungicide applications,
  • alternate crop rotations,
  • seed treatments, and
  • sidedress nitrogen management technologies including drone and sensor-based, variable-rate nitrogen management. 

Certified Crop Advisor Credits have been applied for and are pending approval.

There is no fee to attend. Preregistration is requested for meal planning purposes. Call (402) 624-8030 or e-mail onfarm@unl.edu to register for any of the five sites. To learn more about the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how to participate, visit http://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch.