Keith Glewen is a University of Nebraska faculty member with a 100% Extension appointment in the Southeast Research and Extension Center District. He has regional and in some cases, statewide program responsibilities for agronomic and natural resource/environmental related issues, with particular emphasis in areas of agricultural profitability, on-farm research and soil and water management-stewardship. Recently, Glewen has focused his efforts on developing programs for industry consultants that support farm operators in the Midwest Region. Glewen has worked with faculty and stakeholders to successfully develop a Crop Management and Diagnostic Clinic at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research & Development Center. Field based training sessions are offered during the growing season to provide crop consultants and industry agronomists with diagnostic training to enhance the application of best management practices in the production of row crops. In 2018, 242 participants representing 39 Nebraska Counties and 13 States estimated the value of this training to be $43.1 million dollars. In working with commodity boards, Glewen has secured funding to implement research and education programs. They have included, Soybean Management Field Days, Irrigation and Energy Management Field Days, Nebraska Soybean Day & Machinery Expo, Nebraska No-Till Conference and Nebraska Cover Crop Conference.
Early in his career, Glewen developed a very effective program with farm operators focusing on transferring field research to the farm, entitled the Nebraska Soybean and Feed Grains Profitability Project. This project engaged farm operators in eight Nebraska counties conducting on-farm research. Today the project has expanded under the umbrella of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.
Many of the above programs are based on partnerships developed through relative and effective programing during his career.
Besides the above, Glewen has been effective in working with area farm operators in developing and growing effective corn and soybean commodity organizations, considered to be among the most active in Nebraska.
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2017 Soybean Management Field Days Research Update, Soybean Management Field Days Research Update - 2017, December 2017
Corn yield forecasts and crop growth stage estimates for the US Corn Belt, based on crop modeling and local input, start up this week for 2018. Corn development is well ahead of normal, with most sites in the central and southern fringes of the Corn Belt in the silking or grain-filling stages.
Here's how the Yield Forecasting Center will be developing corn yield forecasts for 41 locations across the Corn Belt during the 2018 crop season. Modeling, using Hybrid-Maize, weather data, and on-site verification help researchers estimate yields so growers can adjust management during the season, if necessary.
While continuous corn is the most common cropping sequence in southwest Nebraska, adding soybeans to a rotation could help break pest cycles. On-farm research comparing 15- and 30-inch soybean row spacing found increased yields of 4-12 bu/ac with an average 7 bu/ac increase with 15-inch rows.
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.
Cover crops offer many benefits, such as improved soil heath and reduced erosion. The challenges lie in the details, including what cover crops to use and how to use them. The Feb. 15 Nebraska Cover Crop Conference tackles these topics for growers using a corn/soybean rotation.