Lisa Jasa - CropWatch Editor

Growers Share about Their On-Farm Research February 21, 2018

Are you thinking about adopting a new farming practice or buying a new product, but unsure whether it’s likely to be cost-effective for your operation? Would you like to test it before investing, but not sure how to set up a trial?

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Glennis McClure

McClure Joins Extension as Farm Management Analytics Educator December 15, 2017

The new Extension Educator for Farm and Ranch Management Analytics is Nebraska native Glennis McClure. With a 100% appointment in Nebraska Extension, her responsibilities will include livestock and crop enterprise budgets, farm custom rates guide, and special economic analyses as requested.

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Figure 1. Yeyin Shi, new Nebraska Extension agricultural systems information specialist in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, uses a hybrid drone with rotary wings for vertical takeoff as well as featues of fixed wing drone that allows for a gliding flight style.
Figure 1. Yeyin Shi, new Nebraska Extension agricultural systems information specialist in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, uses a drone with hybrid features including rotary wings for vertical takeoff and featues of a fixed wing drone that allows for a gliding flight style.

Learn How to Get Started with Drones at the NCMC this January December 13, 2017

“Getting Started with Drones in Agriculture” is one of 27 sessions being offered at the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 24-25 in Kearney. These presentations are part of Nebraska Extension Specialist Yeyin Shi's work to research drone use and aid farmers integrating drones for scouting and many types of plant and field assessment.

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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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