Roger Elmore, is an University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy and horticulture professor, Heuermann Chair and interim associate department head.
Elmore, a Nebraska Extension cropping systems specialist and Water for Food Daugherty Global Institute Faculty Fellow, has spent his entire career addressing agronomic issues relevant to the immediate needs of crop producers. He provides research information that is science-based, timely, and relevant to a diverse audience.
Elmore has a long history of applied crop production research and extension programs focused on maintaining or increasing crop production, profitability, and water use efficiency by seeking and demonstrating environmentally sound production practices. His focus is on research and developing, teaching and extending timely and pertinent crop management information for farmers, agribusiness, extension personnel and students.
His most significant research contributions have centered on evaluating corn growth and yield response to extreme weather events. He has been able to engage diverse groups based on this research with high-impact extension programming. He co-leads a cover crop research project supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board and the Nebraska Corn Board.
He has served as a consultant for various organizations across the globe and he was worked on projects in Ghana, China, Argentina and Puerto Rico.
He was employed with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for 24 years before spending nearly nine years as a corn extension specialist at Iowa State University where he lead development of the “Corn growth and development” extension publication — one of his most important extension contributions to date. He returned to Nebraska in 2014 as a cropping systems agronomist.
Having a successful career as a cropping systems agronomist focusing primarily on corn and soybean production, Elmore believes in the synergism of effective teams and has been able to develop and deliver effective state, regional, national and international programs.
Other, Illinois Valley Community College, 1972
BS, Illinois State University, 1974
MS, University of Illinois, 1978
Ph D, University of Illinois, 1981
icon-business-chartResearch & Grants
Sustainable Corn/Soybean Production, Ne Soybean Board, October 2017
Sustainable Corn/Soybean Production, Ne Corn Board, July 2015
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Fellow, Crop Science Society of America, 2017
Agronomic Education and Extension Award , American Society of Agronomy, 2017
On most Nebraska rainfed farms, soybean and corn are usually rotated. On irrigated fields, however, the rotation sequence tends to shift to more years of corn between soybean, and in some cases, corn is grown continuously, year-after-year.
A short review of cover crop research conducted at four University of Nebraska research fields (two irrigated, two dryland) to study the feasibility and impact of winter cover cropping on soil quality, soil water, and crop yields in corn-soybean systems. Objectives were to quantify cover crop emergence, fall and spring biomass production, soil water changes, soil chemical and physical property changes, and crop yields.
Cover crops can provide either ecosystem services or forage benefits but understanding how they fit in cropping systems is still limited. This study assessed the effects of planting date (early and late), plant population (low, average, and high) and corn maturity (80 to 115 days relative maturity) on corn yield.
A review of 2016 growing conditions across Nebraska sheds light on a number of factors that may have contributed to reduced yield in individual fields. An understanding of these factors may be helpful when selecting seed for 2017.
End-of-season yield forecasts for irrigated and dryland corn across eight states in the Corn Belt indicate above average yields for 2016, but not the record-breaking yields predicted by USDA in their September forecast. While two states are forecast to have yields below the 10-year average (-1% to -4%), the remaining states showed above average yields ranging from 1% to 21% above the 10-year average.
The Sept. 7 corn yield forecasts show a majority of the irrigated sites expected to produce above normal, but not record-breaking yields. Forecasted yields for rainfed sites are more variable, although most are expected to be near normal. Above average yields are expected for 11 of the 37 sites studied and below-normal yields are forecast for five sites.
August 24 corn yield forecasts for 41 sites across the Corn Belt showed many near or above average. At Nebraska rainfed corn sites there is a high probability (>75%) of above-average yield at the North Platte and central east sites and a high probability (>75%) of below-average yield at the southwestern and southeastern Nebraska sites (McCook, Clay Center, and Beatrice). In irrigated corn there was a high probability of near or above average yields for all except the Beatrice site. See the story for data tables and discussion.