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
The annual hard red winter wheat tour, sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, was conducted this week throughout Kansas, parts of Oklahoma, and along a path traversing four southern counties in Nebraska (Figure 1).
Winter wheat in the Nebraska Panhandle continues to be rated above average with most of the wheat rated good to excellent. Winter wheat in the west central, south central, and eastern areas is more varied, as described in this wheat progress and condition report.
The benefits of planting soybean near May 1 are well documented. Now, what are the next steps growers can take to further expand on these benefits? Are different maturity groups warranted? What groups are typically being used in irrigated and rainfed environments in Nebraska?
If you're considering planting winter wheat next fall, be sure to review the corn and soybean herbicide programs you plan to use this spring to avoid rotation restrictions that would limit your cropping options.
More than a decade of on-farm research studies in Nebraska show how soybean seeding rates (and the related input costs) can be reduced without significantly affecting yield. See what growers learned and consider whether a change might benefit your bottom line.