Krystle Rhoades - TAPS Program Coordinator

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UNL-TAPS to Host Summer Field Day on June 19

May 22, 2024
This year's annual field day will include new contests in the Agronomic Olympics, live demos, guest speakers and a four-man golf scramble.

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The 2024 TAPS program will include sprinkler corn and continuous corn competitions in North Platte, Nebraska, the sorghum competition in Grant, Nebraska, and a new soybean competition near Mead, Nebraska.

Learn, Launch, Interact Event to Kick Off 2024 TAPS Competitions

February 29, 2024
The March 21 Kickoff Event is open to the public and will usher in the 2024 TAPS Competition, which features a new soybean contest at ENREEC.

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The UNL TAPS team is looking for people interested in participating in the inaugural year of the soybean competition. If interested, contact TAPS Program Manager Krystle Rhoades.

Soybeans to be Newest Nebraska TAPS Competition in 2024

February 2, 2024
The new soybean competition will be hosted at ENREEC near Mead, and will give participants the opportunity to test a wide range of ag management technologies.

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TAPS Awards Banquet Culminates 2023 Competitions

January 18, 2024
See the results of the 2023 UNL-TAPS Competition for sorghum, SDI corn, sprinkler corn and the newest category for the contest — irrigated popcorn.

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Field of sorghum
Participants in the 2023 TAPS Competition tackled some atypical challenges during this year's contest, from hail damage in corn plots to irrigation issues in sorghum. Contestants' strategies to overcome these and other production issues throughout the growing season will be shared during the awards banquet on Jan. 13 in Kearney.

2023 TAPS Competitions to Culminate with Awards Banquet

December 12, 2023
The seventh annual TAPS Competition awards banquet will showcase how participants managed their plots throughout the 2023 growing season amid numerous production challenges.

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With the 2023 TAPS competition coming to an end, final results and winners will soon be announced.

Irrigation Varies Amid One of Wetter Seasons in TAPS History

November 2, 2023
This article provides a brief summary of the irrigation decisions made in the TAPS sorghum, popcorn, SDI corn and sprinkler corn competitions this year.

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Nitrogen Management Decisions Finalized in 2023 Competitions

September 13, 2023
A summary of the nitrogen (N) decisions made in each 2023 TAPS competition and some conclusions derived from the decisions.

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Photos taken July 24 following the storm. Left shows one of the popcorn competition plots and at right is one of the sprinkler corn competition plots. (Photos by Krystle Rhoades)

TAPS Corn Fields Battered by Hail for First Time in Competition History

August 3, 2023
The TAPS team estimated there was approximately 35%-50% leaf defoliation and consequently, corn yield loss is currently anticipated to be 17%-31% for the 2023 competition. 

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