Nathan serves as the Cropping Systems Extension Educator in Wilber, NE. After growing up on the family dairy farm northeast of Fremont, he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in agronomy from Kansas State University. His master’s degree focused on sediment and phosphorus movement in agricultural watersheds. His PhD research focused on soil fertility in corn and soybeans. Previous experience includes working for the Indiana State Department of Ag – Soil Conservation Division as a Resource Specialist Team Leader and assistant professor at SDSU serving as the state extension agronomist.
Ph D, Kansas State University, 2012
MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005
icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions
Effects of cultivars and nitrogen management on wheat grain yield and protein, Agronomy Journal, September 2021
icon-business-chartResearch & Grants
NE On-Farm Resrch-Soybean Brd EST 21-22, Ne Soybean Board, October 2021
Winter Wheat Production in a Corn-Soybean Rotation, South Dakota Agri-Business Association, Sioux Falls, SD
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2018 New Horizon Award, Nebraska Agribusiness Club, 2018
ASA Extension Education Community Award - Digital Decision Aids - 1st place, American Society of Agronomy, 2021
Area: Saline, Jefferson and Gage Counties
Degrees and Certifications B.S. Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005 M.S. Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007 Ph.D. Agronomy, Kansas State University, 2012 Certified Crop Adviser - NE #106079 Areas of Focus: Precision ag data management, on-farm research, soil fertility and plant nutrition, eastern Nebraska cropping systems Twitter:@croptechcafe Blog:Crop Tech Cafe
Would you believe that some growers are adding winter wheat to their rotation to improve soil health? A healthy functioning soil provides numerous local ecosystem benefits including improved water quality, flood and drought mitigation.
The decision to harvest as forage (hay or silage) or grain should be based on economics. However, the decision to not harvest soybeans as grain does need to be made as soon as possible to capture the forage value of drought-stressed soybeans.
Planting conditions seemed to be “perfect” this year. This allowed a large percent of corn and soybean acres in Nebraska to be planted earlier than in previous years. Because conditions seemed so good, the question is why emergence has been uneven in some fields this year.
With the recent cold temperatures and frost in portions of the State, some are questioning the need to replant soybean. It’s important to assess potential recovery before making replant decisions. Soybeans are more resilient than one may think!