Welcome to the 3rd annual Nebraska Crop Management Conference. It is my sincere hope that the unbiased, research-based information you have come to expect will again this year help improve the success of your farm or business.
Across Nebraska, the use of cover crops is increasing. Most commonly, winter cover crops are planted during the fallow period between corn or soybean harvest and the next crop. However, other windows for cover cropping exist in Nebraska.
As we look forward to the 2019 growing season I hope you find relevant, timely information to benefit you whatever your role in agriculture, as a farmer, crop consultant, pesticide applicator, or agriculture industry professional.
Cover crop research trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of soybean maturity group, planting date, termination date, and herbicide use on on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.
This year's Crop Production Clinics offer some new timely topics and focus on local crop challenges. They also offer training for pesticide applicator recertification at five locations across the state.
Following a hail event, crop canopy development can be severely delayed or damaged, which can lead to increased weed development and pressure. This story looks at factors to consider when selecting among mid-season weed control options in storm-damaged fields.
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is seeking growers to conduct research trials. At this time they are particularly seeking on-farm researchers for a study of Commence seed treatment and one comparing yields from various CRM hybrids. Other studies are available or new ones can be customized to fit a grower's needs.
University researchers report results from studies conducted on herbicide tolerance trait, row spacing (15-inch vs. 30-inch), and soybean maturities (early vs. late) at three locations of the Soybean Management Field Days in summer 2017.