Lisa Jasa - CropWatch Editor

Figure 1. Data collected by the multispectral sensor on this drone will be used to direct in-season nitrogen fertilizer applications, part of a producer research project funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. (Photos by Laura Thompson)
Figure 1. Data collected by the multispectral sensor on this drone will be used to direct in-season nitrogen fertilizer applications, part of a producer research project funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. (Photos by Laura Thompson)

SARE Grant Aids Farmer in Using Drones to Test N Applications October 2, 2017

Dean Stevens well knows the value of getting a bird’s-eye view of his crops to assess plant health, wind damage, and pest threats. Now, with the support of an NCR SARE grant, this southeast Nebraska farmer is using a drone outfitted with crop sensors to assess corn nitrogen needs and respond with variable rate in-season applications.

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Figure 1. Propane tanks ready for filling at a local facility. (Photo by John Nuckolls, FarmPropane.com)

Propane Availability Forecast September 8, 2017

Will hurricane Harvey or Irma likely affect propane availability for farmers and rural Nebraska homeowners for winter 2017-18? Check out this farm management tip.

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Four fellows from the LEAD 35 class

LEAD Alumni Share How the Experience Changed Their Lives May 19, 2017

Eye opening. Life changing. Skill building. Invigorating. Fun. These are just a few of the ways recent graduates of the Nebraska Leadership Education/Action Development (LEAD) Program described their two-year fellowship.

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Carlos Urrea in a field of chickpea disease resistance trials.
Figure 1. Carlos Urrea, UNL dry bean breeder, stands in a chickpea field trial in 2015. The bright yellow pods of the New Hope cultivar (middle) are not showing any damage from Ascohyta blight, while the two cultivars on either side are exhibiting blight damage.

New Chickpea Cultivar—New Hope—Offers Just That February 13, 2017

After more than 10 years of research and development, University of Nebraska researchers have registered a new chickpea cultivar that offers enhanced disease resistance and production potential. The chickpea’s name — New Hope — well reflects their optimism for its value to producers, particularly in western Nebraska where disease has limited production.

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Byron Chvatal
Byron Chvatal

Meet Bryon Chvatal, a Nebraska On-Farm Researcher February 7, 2017

Bryon Chvatal of Prague has been conducting trials through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network for the last 10-12 years, each season taking 40-80 acres to test a practice, product or machinery change. He farms a “mostly dryland,” no-till corn-soybean rotation.

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Biological Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Santosh Pitla (left) talks with BSE Graduate Student John Evans about the class they're teaching where students explore access and analysis of operational data from tractors.
Figure 1. Biological Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Santosh Pitla (left) talks with BSE Graduate Student John Evans about the class they're teaching. Students learn how to access and analyze tractor data.

Agricultural Machinery Data Acquisition and Analytics Research Could Lead to Increased Fuel and Field Efficiencies October 28, 2016

How much power are your farm implements using and how can you make them more efficient? These are among the questions being addressed by Santosh Piitla, an assistant professor of advanced machinery systems in the University of Nebraska Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Pitla is developing software to analyze key data from a tractor's multiple computers. Eventually the data will lead to "real-time," in-the-cab feedback to help operators manage field equipment more efficiently.

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Page spread for UNL Ag Water Management Guide
Page spread for UNL Ag Water Management Guide

New, Multi-Media Ag Water Management Guide June 15, 2016

Nebraska Extension's new Agricultural Water Management Guide, an online, interactive resource, offers information, videos, and illustrations about various types of irrigation, their advantages and disadvantages, technologies and strategies.

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Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson

Thompson Pursues the Puzzles of On-Farm Research May 12, 2016

Get to know Laura Thompson, a cropping systems and ag technologies extension educator in the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension District. She and extension educator Keith Glewen co-coordinate the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network (NOFRN). “I enjoy being able to work directly with farmers on issues that are important to their farming operation in terms of profitability and long-term viability, helping them gather data to critically evaluate products or practices and produce their own relevant, science-based information.”

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