Bijesh Maharjan - Extension Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist

Bijesh Maharjan

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4502 Ave I Scottsbluff NE 69361-4939
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Farm soil

NRCS-UNL Collaborative Research on the Soil Health Gap Analysis in Nebraska

April 12, 2022
The Soil Health Gap concept can assist producers in estimating differences of soil health under varying management practices that may have accumulated since cultivation began.

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Considerations for In-season Nitrogen Management in Corn

March 30, 2022
Most areas in Nebraska likely haven't had significant nitrogen losses to already applied nitrogen, but unfavorable soil conditions during nitrogen application and precipitation in April could lead to additional losses.

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Soil health practices graph

Motivation and Challenges in Adopting Soil Health Practices

February 17, 2022
Results of a Nebraska Healthy Soils Task Force survey that analyzed growers' motivation and challenges in cover crop, nutrient and other soil health management practices across the state.

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Tractor in field
By incorporating residual nitrate-nitrogen into the nitrogen fertilizer prescription, there is potential to substantially reduce fertilizer cost per acre.

Now is the Time to Use the Nutrients You are Banking in Your Soils

October 20, 2021
With the recent increase in fertilizer prices, it is more important than ever to use the right amount of fertilizer to maximize the economic returns. Applying too little or too much fertilizer can result in substantial economic loss.

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Anticipated high residual soil nitrate-N levels in Nebraska rainfed crops of dry 2020 may allow reduced N rates for 2021.

Q&As on Nitrogen Investment in Corn This Year

March 31, 2021
Most of Nebraska was drier than normal in 2020, which means a potential increase of residual nitrate-N. As such, producers may need to reduce fertilizer-N rates for 2021 — but how much is enough?

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Plowing a field
Anticipated high residual soil nitrate-N levels in NE rainfed crops of dry 2020 can be credited to reduce N rates for 2021

Planning 2021 Fertilizer-N Application Following a Dry 2020

October 6, 2020
Fertilizer-N is a big investment for crop production in Nebraska and elsewhere. After harvest, growers tend to plan their fertilizer-N management for the next year’s crop. But the question is how much nitrogen can they apply to get the most profit from their fertilizer-N investment?

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chart showing results of wheat trials

Improving Nitrogen Management in Dryland Winter Wheat Production

September 3, 2020
Over the past two years of the study across multiple locations, we found that yield response to applied N rates was evident only in the wet year.

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Figure 1. 2020 Areal image of spring wheat demo plot at Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant, NE.

Spring Wheat Research in Western Nebraska

August 13, 2020
Many farmers view spring wheat as a rotational crop with a purpose to break the weed and pest cycles, build up the residue cover and increase yield of corn the following years.

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