Bijesh Maharjan - Extension Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist

Bijesh Maharjan

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Tractor spreading black coal char in cattle pen
Coal char is applied to a cattle pen for research. After a snowfall, coal ash-applied pens dried quicker than the control pens, which was beneficial for cattle health.

Coal Char Enhances Manure and Soil Management to Improve Crop Production

April 11, 2024
A byproduct of processing sugarbeets, coal char has the potential to optimize soil nutrients and increase crop yields. In this article, UNL researchers share results of a study on incorporating coal char amendments into corn and dry bean cropland.

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Tractor applying nitrogen fertilizer in bare soil field

How Can a Warm Winter and Spring Affect Nitrogen Availability for the Upcoming Crop?

April 3, 2024
With a warmer start to the 2024 growing season, more nitrogen could be available in the soil. To estimate the amount of fertilizer N to apply this year, extension educators review how to conduct a late spring soil nitrate test. 

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Burnt radicle

Fertilizer-nitrogen Injury to Corn

May 17, 2023
Nebraska Extension recommendations on minimizing crop injury from anhydrous ammonia applications.

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Corn yield diagram
This graph demonstrates the increase in crop yield over time at the Knorr-Holden plot, which has been continuously planted with corn since 1912, and treated with beef cattle manure since 1942. (Graph courtesy UNL Water)

Manure Improves Soil Health and Provides Yield Stability and Reliability

March 17, 2023
UNL researchers share their results after 77 years of applying manure to soil at the Knorr-Holden plot, the oldest experimental irrigated corn plot in North America.

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Tractor spraying soil
For producers planting corn-on-corn this growing season, Nebraska Extension encourages taking soil samples to determine accurate nitrate levels and adjusting N application rates accordingly, as there may be considerable amounts of residual nitrogen left from the previous corn crop.

Understanding Soil Residual Nitrogen and its Dollar Value for Next Crop

March 14, 2023
For producers planning corn-on-corn this growing season, there may be a substantial opportunity to reduce nitrogen fertilizer applications, as drought and reduced yields likely left higher-than-normal residual N in many fields.

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Soil school attendees working
A group of farmers, consultants, researchers and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service employees collaborate on an activity to first find the soil type and then its appropriate standard at the Nebraska Soil Health School. (Photos courtesy Nicole Heldt)

Nebraska Soil Health School Offers Expert Insights to Producers, Ag Professionals Statewide

March 13, 2023
Following a successful premiere of the new Nebraska Soil Health School, the second installment will be June 27-28 at the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center in North Platte, Nebraska.

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Jerry oat cover crop

Evaluation of Diverse Cover Crops Across Nebraska: Findings from Spring-planted Cover Crops in 2022

February 23, 2023
Results from 2022 variety trial research conducted on numerous cover crop species at five UNL research stations across Nebraska.

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Soil layers

Cropland Reference Ecological Unit — A Land Classification Unit for Comparative Soil Studies

September 29, 2022
UNL researchers have developed the Cropland Reference Ecological Unit and Soil Health Gap concept to offer a method of describing the true soil health potential of land.

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