Soybean Production Podcasts
Learn how you can grow your soybean yields and benefit from Soybean Checkoff investments in UNL Research and Extension programs. Through a partnership of the Nebraska Soybean Board, the Soybean Checkoff via the United Soybean Board, and UNL Extension, UNL faculty share information for today’s soybean producers in five new podcasts for CropWatch. This effort is called the Technology Transfer Project with the goal of finding creative ways to disseminate research-based information to benefit our soybean producers.
Tackling Weeds, Minimizing Drift
Greg Kruger, UNL Extension Weeds Specialist, discusses how to get maximum weed control with minimal pesticide drift. Using the correct application height and droplet size with the right product can provide good control and reduced drift. This is an economic as well as an environmental concern. If 10% of your pesticide drifts off target, you lose $2.50 per acre in wasted pesticide.
Research Shows Yield Benefits of Early Planting
Jim Specht, UNL Soybean Physiologist, discusses his research on the importance of early planting dates in achieving optimal soybean yield. He tested 14 varieties and four planting dates over a two-year period and found that soybeans put on a new node every 3.75 days. Every day of delayed planting after May 1 resulted in reduced yield.
Seed Treatments Key To Early Plant Protection, Better Stands
Loren Giesler, UNL Extension Plant Pathologist, discusses the importance of fungicide soybean seed treatments to help provide the early season protection your seedlings need to get off to a strong start. Success often relies on selecting the seed treatment that best suits your needs. Giesler recommends using a fungicide seed treatment whenever you’re planting low quality seed, are planting into fields with disease history or stand problems, or any time you’re planting early.
CropWatch Expanded to Become Comprehensive Resource
Jennifer Rees, UNL Extension Educator, describes how CropWatch was redesigned in 2009 to incorporate a number of crop production and pest management sites into a single, comprehensive resource for Nebraska crop production. She describes how new content areas were created for the state’s major crops to make it easy to find information, on-line tools, recommendations, and research results. Listen to Rees while exploring the expanded information available through the topics in the left navigation bar of CropWatch.
Soybean Management Field Days Target Area Production Issues
Keith Glewen, UNL Extension Educator, discusses how field days and replicated trials in farmer fields help keep the Soybean Management Field Days on target with local conditions and issues. Increasingly, soybeans are being grown in a variety of climates and soils from western to eastern Nebraska. These field days, which use a structured educational program, help attendees see first hand in the field what speakers are describing for their area. The programs are made possible through a long-term partnership of the Nebraska Soybean Board, United Soybean Board, and UNL Extension.
CropWatch would like to extend its appreciation to the Nebraska Soybean Board and United Soybean Board for providing funding for this podcast series.