Robert Klein - Western Nebraska Crops Specialist

Robert Klein

faculty, emeriti
402 W State Farm Rd North Platte NE 69101-7751
Work 308-696-6705 On campus, dial 7-6705

Emeritus Professor and Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, 2019

Faculty Bio

Center pivot irrigated soybeans
Management in a successful soybean-after-soybean cropping system may require growers to make some slight adjustments in their practices, including irrigation, seed selection, and pest management.

Planting Soybean after Soybean (Part 2): In-Season Management Considerations

April 13, 2017

In Part 1 of this article, we look at considerations for planting soybean after soybean. In this article, Part 2, we share considerations for in-season management.

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soybean field

Planting Soybean after Soybean (Part 1): Planting Considerations

April 13, 2017
Farmers are increasing their soybean plantings for 2017, which likely means some are shifting to soybeans-after-soybeans. This article looks at what you should be considering at planting time as you consider changing your cropping sequence.

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skip-row corn
Figure 1. This field trial tested a plant two, skip two scenario for dryland corn. (Photo by Robert Klein)

Recommendations for Implementing and Fertilizing Skip-Row Planting

March 2, 2017
Skip-row corn planting offers yield benefits in dryland fields, as documented by several years of University of Nebraska-Lincoln trials. This article, one of two this week looking at skip-row planting corn, offers recommendations for implementing the system in dryland corn production.

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photos of skip-row corn trials
Figure 1. Skip-row corn (left) and solid corn (right) in western Keith County in the extremely dry year of 2012. Both fields had suffered moderate hail damage. (Photos by Robert Klein)

Skip-Row Corn Provides Improved Drought Tolerance in Dryland Corn

March 1, 2017
Research in Nebraska over a number of years has documented how skip-row corn can offer yield benefits in dryland production systems. Because water in the soil between widely spaced rows cannot be reached by the crop until later in the season, the water is available July and August, when plants are in the silking to blister stages and particularly sensitive to drought stress.

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Comparing Generic Versus Name Brand Pesticides

February 9, 2017
When can you save money on pesticides? Research in Nebraska and elsewhere indicates that often generic pesticides may offer similar control at lower prices than brand name products. There may be other reasons for using brand names, which are addressed in the article.

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sunflower herbicide efficacy table

Using Herbicide Prices and Efficacy Ratings to Select for Top Value

January 17, 2017
Take time this winter to strategize your weed management plan. Use Nebraska Extension resources to study herbicide efficacy, mode and site of action, and approximate costs to select products likely to provide the most value in weed control.

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Cover of 2017 Nebraska Crop Budgets
Cover of 2017 Nebraska Crop Budgets

Using the 2017 Crop Budgets to Focus on Costs

January 20, 2017
The 2017 Nebraska Crop Budgets include 73 crop budgets representing most major Nebraska crops from corn to peas to wheat and a variety of production and irrigation systems. With the challenging agricultural economy, the budgets are one means to identify and focus on specific areas of crop production costs falling above typical costs for your system.

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It usually takes five to 10 years of research and testing before a new wheat variety is released for production. (Photo by David Ostdiek)
It usually takes five to 10 years of research and testing before a new wheat variety is released for production. (Photo by David Ostdiek)

2016 Winter Wheat Varieties for Nebraska

September 1, 2016
Recommendations for identifying and selecting wheat varieties best suited to your location, based on variety trial results, and other factors to manage to achieve high yields.

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