Associate State Climatologist
I am an Agricultural Extension Climatologist with the Nebraska State Climate Office. My career at the University of Nebraska started in 1989 when I worked on soil moisture modeling and leading the Climate Services division of the High Plains Regional Climate Center. I have been actively involved in studying climate-agricultural relationships, including evapotranspiration modeling, climate forecasting, drought monitoring, climate change analysis, mesonet siting and quality control, and thermal tracking of insect development. I monitor atmospheric patterns and identify trends that can be used to enhance ag productivity and marketing, releasing information through media outlets like CropWatch, Market Journal, and KRVN.
Cropping Systems Agronomist
The pleasantly pungent smell of decomposing plants permeates the air as one nears a field once nearly pristine, now destroyed. In only a few minutes, a near-perfect crop lies ravaged — a plague passed over. Hail whiplashes, rips leaves, bruises and cuts stems, and at times plants die. Crop recovery varies with the weather after the storm. In agronomic extension and research, we study how best to respond to hail and deliver that information to those who can use it.
I develop and conduct crop production educational programs to help growers improve profitability, build soil health, and reduce risks to the environment. Across the years, I’ve worked with planting equipment, tillage system evaluation, soil and water conservation, residue management, crop rotations and, more recently, cover crops and soil health. Cover crops, seeded after a hail event, can reduce nutrient losses and help keep the soil biologically active with living roots feeding carbon and sunlight energy into the soil system.
Western Nebraska Crops Specialist
I revised the Nebraska Extension Circulars on evaluating hail damage to corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum, and wrote CropWatch articles on the importance of and best methods for controlling volunteer wheat resulting from pre-harvest hail. I use farm visits, field surveys and university research to gather information on hail and share education via Extension programs, radio, TV, and news articles for informed decision-making.
Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist
My research focuses on crop response to hail damage and the interactions between hail, insects, and plant diseases using a hail machine that replicates real-world scenarios. Research from these studies allows growers to make accurate and informed decisions about the fate and management of their crops.
Disaster Recovery Coordinator
I help Nebraskans prepare for and recover from extreme weather and disasters and lead projects in the areas of agriculture, community development, and youth development. I’m also leading the USDA-funded project to develop the Hail Know website, video series, and infographics.
Cropping Systems, Ag Technologies Educator
I feed you agronomic information for your farm in northeast Nebraska that will help you know your crop, know your tech, know your bottom line. I have agricultural experience from across the Midwest including Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, and Indiana. My extension work focuses on precision ag, on-farm research, soil fertility, crop rotations, cover crops, and soil health.
Extension Forage Crop Residue Specialist
I'm on a multidisciplinary team focused on enhancing and developing forage-based beef production systems. I focus on developing, analyzing and implementing integrated crop/forage/livestock systems. My research emphasizes the development of management, production and utilization strategies for annual forages used as cover crops after row crops. My extension programs focus on integrating the use of crop residues, annual forages, cover crops, and perennial grasses into existing beef production systems and implementing economical crop residue harvest and grazing methods.
Cropping Systems Educator
Using my background in agronomy, crop protection, and plant pathology and 13 years of experience in Extension, I serve Nebraskans. I walk fields with farmers and ag industry reps to assist with crop decisions, including those related to hail/replant, disease, and problem diagnosis.
Cropping Systems and Climate Resiliency Educator
I utilize my background in meteorology and agronomy to help the agricultural industry reduce the impact to their operations from climate and weather.