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
The winter wheat varieties planted in eastern Nebraska today can yield upward of 140 bu/ac under good management and weather. If you haven't planted wheat in several years, consider today's advanced genetics and these other benefits from integrating wheat into your rotation.
Corn yield forecasts for Nebraska sites indicate near-average to above average yields for most irrigated sites. There was much more yield variability for rainfed locations where three of the sites were forecast with a 50%-100% chance of below-normal yields and three were forecast for normal yields, while one was near average.
Corn growth stages are estimated for 41 sites in 10 states and yields are estimated for select irrigated and rainfed sites, based on the Hybrid-Maize model and input from specialists and educators across a 10-state area as of July 18, 2017. The authors note that these early season yield forecasts vary widely, particularly for rainfed fields, and may change considerably by end of season.
This article discusses data and data collection for the Yield Forecasting Center forecasts of crop phenology and yield for 2017, including a map of the site locations and specific data on crop management and soil types for each site.
Nebraska soybean and corn yields steadily increased from 1971 to 2016, in both irrigated and rainfed production fields. Charts based on USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service numbers track these changes.
Palmer amaranth has not been confirmed in conservation plantings in Nebraska; however, the identification and occurrence of Palmer amaranth in CRP fields in Iowa has raised concerns among weed scientists and growers about its spread into conservation plantings in Nebraska and offer some suggestions for growers.
With nighttime lows predicted to drop several nights this week, growers are advised to cautiously assess the potential for germination problems due to imbibitional chilling before planting. Agronomists advise checking soil temperatures in each field the day of planting as well as forecast temperatures for 24 hours (soybeans) or 48 hours (corn) after planting.
A review of 10 years of soybean research shows that reducing your seeding rate from 150,000 to 120,000 seeds/acre can result in a $10.69/acre savings without affecting yield (assuming a $60/unit seed cost at 140,000 seeds/unit).