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Farmers Find Solutions Through Nebraska Soil Health Initiative

July 11, 2019
How can we manage cropland to improve soil health? To test and encourage adoption of soil health practices, the Soil Health Demonstration Initiative was launched as a collaborative effort of growers, UNL and NRCS. Now a network of farm research sites is providing valuable information from in-field studies.

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Farmers, Nebraska Extension educators, and NRCS employees at the NRCS-Nebraska Extension Soil Health Initiative Meeting held in York earlier this year. (Photo by Laura Thompson)
Figure 1. Farmers, Nebraska Extension educators, and NRCS employees at the NRCS-Nebraska Extension Soil Health Initiative Meeting held in York earlier this year. (Photo by Laura Thompson)

Why Growers are Adopting Practices to Build Soil Health

July 11, 2019
Growers conducting on-farm demonstrations as part of the Nebraska Soil Health Initiative met with UNL and NRCS staff to share about what they were doing and learning on their farms. Their work offers valuable insights for other growers considering how they too can build soil health on their farms.

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In-season nitrogen (UAN) is applied to corn in an on-farm research study. For fields with suspected nitrogen loss, on-farm research is a great way to evaluate in-season N rates and recommendation approaches. (Photo by Richard Ferguson)
In-season nitrogen (UAN) is applied to corn in an on-farm research study. For fields with suspected nitrogen loss, on-farm research is a great way to evaluate in-season N rates and recommendation approaches. (Photo by Richard Ferguson)

Does Your Corn Need Added Nitrogen? On-farm Research can Help Evaluate That

June 21, 2019
Knowing how much nitrogen (N) to apply to corn is challenging, especially in wet years, but on-farm research can help evaluate your N program to get the answers This article looks at several times of N trials conducted by other growers and invites you to learn how to set up your own trial yet this season.

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Figure 1. Growers surveyed about why they conduct on-farm research said that, among other benefits, they appreciated getting to share their results and talk with other growers about their research at winter meetings.

Study Highlights Motivations and Impact of Participating in an On-Farm Research Network

May 31, 2019
Forty Nebraska growers participating in the On-Farm Research Network recently shared why they conduct on-farm research and what it's meant to be part of a group of researchers. The results, published in the Agronomy Journal, illustrate a range of benefits, including cost savings and economic gains.

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Applying anhydrous and putting in a nitrogen test plot.
Figure 1. Applying anhydrous as part of a Nebraska On-Farm Research Network nitrogen study. (Photo by Laura Thompson)

On-Farm Research Options Still Available for this Season

May 3, 2019
There’s still time to add an on-farm research component to your operation this year. Nebraska Extension educators can help design a project that yields reliable, field-tested data for your production decisions.

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On-Farm Research Calendar - 2019 Annual Results

  • Looking for ways to maximize profitability in 2020?
  • Come hear about research projects conducted in 2019 by farmers across the state in cooperation with Nebraska Extension.
  • There is no cost to attend. Please pre-register at least 2 days in advance for meal planning purposes. For more info - onfarm@unl.edu or 402-624-8030.
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On-Farm Research Seminar
A tractor applies nitrogen to corn

Project SENSE

(Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment)

Project SENSE encourages adoption of in-season nitrogen (N) application for corn. This practice increases nitrogen use efficiency (NUE), and reduces nitrate loss to groundwater.

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On-Farm Research App

Create field treatment strips, develop a research study map and track research on your own fields.

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