Dipak Santra - Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist

Dipak Santra

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4502 Ave I Scottsbluff NE 69361-4939
US

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Elected President 2019 - 2021, International Broomcorn Millet Research Association, 2018
  • Chair, The 3rd International Millet Symposium 2018, 2018

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Field pea

Field Pea Seeding Rates, Seeding Depth, and Inoculant

March 13, 2017
Grain-type field peas are a cool season grain crop grown as an alternative for no-till summer fallow in a semiarid cereal-based cropping systems such as wheat-corn-fallow and/or wheat-fallow. They are typically planted in mid-March and harvested late-July. This article reports on research conducted on seeding practices and offers recommendations for producers on the economically optimal seeding rate, seeding depth, and inoculant to grow field peas in western Nebraska.

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field pea comparison
Figure 1. Comparison of water use of two systems -- summer fallow and field peas -- between March 27 and July 20. (Photos by Stranhinja Stepanovic)

Field Pea Production: Rotational Costs and Benefits

March 10, 2017
Research findings show benefits in soil nutrient cycling, water infiltration, and microbial activity from replacing fallow with grain-type field peas in a wheat-fallow rotation in western Nebraska.

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In these research trials in western Nebraska winter triticale was found to offer several advantages over winter barley as a cover crop.
Figure 1. In these research trials in western Nebraska winter triticale was found to offer several advantages over winter barley as a cover crop.

Triticale: A Useful Component of a Cover Crop

December 1, 2016
This overview of UNL research compares winter triticale with winter barley and explores why crop producers may want to include triticale in their cover crop blends.

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It usually takes five to 10 years of research and testing before a new wheat variety is released for production. (Photo by David Ostdiek)
It usually takes five to 10 years of research and testing before a new wheat variety is released for production. (Photo by David Ostdiek)

2016 Winter Wheat Varieties for Nebraska

September 1, 2016
Recommendations for identifying and selecting wheat varieties best suited to your location, based on variety trial results, and other factors to manage to achieve high yields.

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Wheat field

6 Nebraska Wheat Variety Tours

May 10, 2016
Nebraska wheat growers can view and compare current and experimental wheat varieties and hear from researchers and specialists at six UNL Wheat Variety Trials to be held this June in west central Nebraska and the Panhandle. The June 15 tour at the Stumpf Wheat Research center at Grant will also include a field pea plot tour and presentations.

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Replacing Summer Fallow with Grain-Type Field Peas: Planting Population

March 8, 2016

Field Peas – Pros and Cons

Grain-type field pea is a spring-planted cool season crop that can be grown as an alternative for summer fallow in semiarid cereal-based, no-till cropping systems where wheat-corn-fallow and/or wheat-fallow are the main rotation strategies (Figure 1). Reasons for replacing summer fallow with field pea include:

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