Nathan Mueller - Extension Educator

Nathan Mueller

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Work
PO Box 978 306 W 3rd St Wilber NE 68465-0978
US
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.

icon-academic-capEducation

  • 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

icon-keynotePresentations

  • 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

Soybean aphid
Soybean aphid

Decision Making for Soybean Defoliating Insects

July 15, 2016
July is when growers start to see a variety of defoliators in Nebraska soybean fields. It's easy to overestimate the amount of defoliation and soybean plants can compensate for some leaf area loss. This article describes how to assess defoliation and provides basic treatment thresholds.

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3 top tps for delayed soybean planting
3 top tps for delayed soybean planting

Adjusting for Delayed Soybean Planting

May 27, 2016
As wet conditions further delay soybean planting in some areas, learn what practices may need to be adjusted and which don't to achieve a successful soybean stand.

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Corn seedling disease
Figure 1. Stunting, discoloration, damping off, and root rot are all common symptoms of seedling diseases, like the plant on the left compared to the healthy plant (right).

Seedling Diseases Developing in Corn

May 20, 2016
With cool wet conditions favorable for corn seedling disease development, growers are urged to scout for inconsistent stands and disease pressure. This week seedling diseases were documented in 10% of surveyed fields in Dodge County in eastern Nebraska, mostly in corn-after-corn fields in river valleys. Be sure to monitor seedling emergence and stand establishment across the state during the coming weeks so that if problems occur they can be detected as early as possible.

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Corn leafing out below ground
Corn leafing out below ground

Q and A: Should I Keep My Initial Corn Stand or Replant?

May 13, 2016
When deciding whether to replant a less than optimum corn stand, consider current stand, potential yield, and potential yield of replanted crop at this point in the season. The authors guide you through the process of assessing the stand, and next steps, if necessary.

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Corn seedlings in flooded field
Figure 1. Corn seedlings growing in flooded field.

How Saturated Soils Affect Germination, Seedling Growth

May 12, 2016

Similar to last year’s heavy rains in early May, rain on May 9 and May 10-11 in portions of Nebraska have caused ponding and flooding across some fields.  As of Sunday, May 8, USDA-NASS reported that 57% of Nebraska's corn was planted that is behind the 71% planting progress in 2015 but close to the

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Photos of canopy closure based on various planting dates
Figure 3. Canopy cover in early July for each planting date in a 2015 Nebraska study. Authors note that fields that have closed canopy and are "green to the eye by the 4th of July" make the best use of sunlight to generate top yields.PD = planting date.

Early Bird Gets the Worm: Benefits of Early Soybean Planting

April 20, 2016

A 4-Step Early Bird Guide to Higher Soybean Yield Potential:
  • Select full-season varieties with proven yield performance.
  • Know your replant coverage with seed suppliers and insurance.
  • Shoot for soil temperatures above 50°F during the 48 hours after planting.

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Inoculating Your Soybeans: When, Where, Why?

April 20, 2016

Nebraska farmers must scrutinize inputs and focus on finding profit for their estimated 5.3 million soybean acres  in 2016.

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ILeVO Seed Treatment Shows Promise for Sudden Death Syndrome

April 6, 2016

As Nebraska farmers prepare for soybean planting, they have a new option for controlling sudden death syndrome (SDS).

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