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
icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors
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
Wheat growth is running 7-10 days behind normal across much of the state, which may push the grain-fill period into some of the hottest days of the wheat season. Delayed development likely helped most wheat escape injury from snow and low temperatures early this week.
A closer look at air and soil temperatures in April and soybean germination and emergence from 10 planting dates did not find chilling injury, despite periods below 50°F. Further research is needed to better understand the imbibitional period in soybean.
Wheat in eastern Nebraska is behind normal growth stage, but has good yield potential. Weather in late May and early June, as wheat enters the critical grain fill stage, will likely dictate final yield.
If you're planning to get an early start on your soybean planting, be sure to check for recommended soil temperatures and the forecast for the coming 48 hours to ensure optimal conditions for achieving good emergence.
Research from Nebraska farmers and Midwest universities suggests seeding rates for soybeans can often be decreased without affecting yield. These decreases could save growers $10 an acre in seed costs.
Five video presentations are now available to address seed selection and production of annual forages that might be used to replace hay and pasture lost to the flood. Topics include successful forage production, nutrient value of the feed, and related government program.