Nebraska Soybean Management Field Days Celebrates 25 Years in the Field

Field day discussion
Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist Dylan Mangel (second from right) discusses soybean diseases during the 2022 Soybean Management Field Days. (Photo courtesy Department of Agronomy and Horticulture)

Nebraska Soybean Management Field Days Celebrates 25 Years in the Field

The 2023 Soybean Management Field Days, celebrating 25 years of providing growers with the latest in soybean production, management and marketing, will take place from Tuesday, Aug. 8 to Friday, Aug. 11. Hosted by the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) and Nebraska Extension, the field days offer a unique opportunity for farmers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies in soybean production and to network with fellow growers and industry experts.

Throughout the four-day event, attendees will be able to participate in demonstration-based presentations and engage in interactive discussions. The field days aim to provide research-based information to enhance soybean profitability, addressing both local and global issues significant to farmers. Participants will also gain insights into the Nebraska Soybean Board's research, marketing and education efforts supported by checkoff dollars.

“Keeping relevance and profitability at the forefront of the field days are most important for the soybean checkoff,” said Andy Chvatal, NSB executive director. “It was that way in 1999 and it’s still that way in 2023. We also look forward to keeping the soybean conversation moving in the right direction for the next 25 years.”

The 2023 Soybean Management Field Days will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. Free registration will be available on the day of the event at each location. Dates and locations are:

  • Aug. 8 — Rockville, Nebraska (Jason Jakob farm)
  • Aug. 9 — Concord, Nebraska (UNL Haskell Ag Lab)
  • Aug. 10 — Mead, Nebraska (UNL Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center)
  • Aug. 11 — DeWitt, Nebraska (Randy and Blake Huls farm)
Field day map
Locations for the 2023 Soybean Management Field Days.

Each stop on the field days tour will feature demonstration plots, opportunities for questions, and a commemorative treat: UNL Dairy Store ice cream, in honor of the 25th anniversary celebration.

“Our team from Nebraska Extension looks forward to having an interactive discussion about Nebraska soybeans,” said Aaron Nygren, Nebraska Extension water and cropping systems educator. “Come join us to look back at the last 25 years, discuss current soybean research, production information and markets, and think about what the future looks like for soybean production in Nebraska.”

2022 Soybean Management Field Days site tent
Attendance is free and participants will receive a complimentary lunch at all four locations of the 2023 Soybean Management Field Days.

University specialists, educators and industry consultants will lead informative sessions on various topics, including:

  • Sprayer Cleanout and Setup
  • Soybean Diseases
  • Insect Management — Soybean Gall Midge, Dectes, and Defoliators
  • Cover Crops and Soil Health
  • Irrigation/Technology
  • Grain Markets

Furthermore, University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomists, plant disease experts and insect specialists will be available to address participants' inquiries, and attendees can bring unidentified crop problems for complimentary identification. A total of 3.5 CCA CEUs are applied for and pending, consisting of .5 CEU in crop management, one CEU in soil and water management, and two CEUs in integrated pest management.

For additional information about the field days, including maps to the event sites, visit the Soybean Management Field Days page, or contact the Nebraska Soybean Board at (402) 441-3240 or Nebraska Extension at (402) 624-8030.

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