Laura Thompson - Extension Educator

Laura Thompson

Degrees
B.S. Agronomy (Soil Science focus), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012
M.S. Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014

Areas of Focus: On-farm research, ag technologies

Extension Interests: Co-coordinates the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network, through which innovative growers from across the state use on-farm research to address critical production, profitability, and sustainability questions.

CW Profile: Thompson Pursues the Puzzles of On-Farm Research

10 Steps for On-Farm Research Success April 21, 2016

Interested in testing a practice or product under your field conditions and available equipment? Here are 10 steps to help ensure your results are reliable and meaningful to your operation.

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Soybean Seeding Rate Tips April 20, 2016

Numerous soybean seeding rate studies have indicated that a final plant population of about 80,000 to 120,000 plants per acre is likely sufficient for ensuring an economic return, with the latter being based on weighing the slightly higher yield potential with higher final pl

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Photos of canopy closure based on various planting dates
Figure 3. Canopy cover in early July for each planting date in a 2015 Nebraska study. Authors note that fields that have closed canopy and are "green to the eye by the 4th of July" make the best use of sunlight to generate top yields.PD = planting date.

Early Bird Gets the Worm: Benefits of Early Soybean Planting April 20, 2016

A 4-Step Early Bird Guide to Higher Soybean Yield Potential:

  • Select full-season varieties with proven yield performance.
  • Know your replant coverage with seed suppliers and insurance.
  • Shoot for soil temperatures above 50°F during the 48 hours after planting.

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ILeVO Seed Treatment Shows Promise for Sudden Death Syndrome April 6, 2016

As Nebraska farmers prepare for soybean planting, they have a new option for controlling sudden death syndrome (SDS).

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SDS Seed Treatment among On-Farm Research Options March 25, 2016

Last year, over 65 Nebraska farmers completed research projects with the help of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.

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Assessing Corn Replant Options May 22, 2015

Discussion of factors to consider when deciding whether to replant, including plant populations, yield potential, hybrid changes, and weed management.

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On-Farm Research App Puts Resources at Your Fingertips April 17, 2015

Accessing resources from the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is now available at your fingertips - in the field, in the tractor or truck, or wherever you want to use the research app.  The research app was launched in April 2015 is available for iPhone, iPad and Android

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