Robert Klein - Western Nebraska Crops Specialist

Robert Klein

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

Faculty Bio

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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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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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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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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Wheat cut high
Wheat cut high

The Value of Wheat in a Crop Rotation August 31, 2016

Wheat is an important part of many crop rotations, adding value directly and often indirectly by aiding in soil water management and weed suppression, reducing erosion, and helping manage pest cycles. Consider wheat's value to your crop production system by looking at what it contributes over multiple years of the rotation.

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Recommended planting/seeding dates for winter wheat in Nebraska
Figure 1. Recommended planting/seeding dates for winter wheat in Nebraska