Katie Pekarek - Extension Educator

Work Hardin Hall (HARH) 518 South
Lincoln NE 68583-0995
Katie Pekarek is an Water Quality Extension Educator in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is a biological and agricultural engineer who works primarily with watershed management planning, nonpoint source pollution education, source water protection, and stormwater management.


  • MS, North Carolina State University, 2008
  • BS, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • UNL-NDEQ Water Quality Liaison, Ne Dept of Environment & Energy, October 2017
  • City of Waverly & LPSNRD Matching Funds, City of Waverly, June 2020
  • Online Stormwater Core Course, North Central Region Water Network, August 2017
  • Project ID 48321: Delivery of Watershed Science Education to Decision Makers A Multi-Agency Collaboration, Nebraska Environmental Trust, May 2019

Priority Website: Water.unl.edu

Highboy interseeder

Highboy Cover Crop Interseeding Project

October 6, 2022
Interested producers are encouraged to participate in this new UNL project, wherein researchers are interseeding cover crops into late-season corn to provide additional growth time before winter dormancy.

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Cover crop mix drill interseeded
Cover crop mix drill interseeded into V4 corn growing well by V8-9 leaf corn. (Photo by Jenny Rees)

Comparing Cover Crop Planting Methods

September 1, 2022
While planting cover crops after harvest with a drill or planter may be the most convenient, there are several other planting methods that can increase cover crop success as measured by biomass production.

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cover crops in a field

Seeding Rates for Broadcasting Cover Crops Into Late-season Corn and Soybean

August 31, 2022
The middle to end of September is a good time to establish cover crops by broadcasting seeds into corn or soybean before harvest, which allows the crop to capture more sunshine, growing degree days and rainfall.

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