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Welcome!  The latest Research & Extension information on soybean production and management practices from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  If you cannot find the information you are seeking in the menus or articles posted below, please email your question or information request to the research and extension specialist listed in the "Contact Us" section at the bottom right of this screen.  

If you want to learn more about Nebraska Soybean Production in general, click here to view some charts of State Yield and Acreage Trends. 


Irrigation management made easier for Nebraska's soybean producers.  Answer a few questions about your field and a new online decision aid for irrigation management will provide you with field-specific daily updates of crop water use and soil water status.  Suggests irrigation dates based on your criteria.

SoyWater - CropWatch Article Explanation
How to Register and Use SoyWater
Optimize Your Irrigation Application Timing with SoyWater
Using SoyWater to Schedule Irrigations.

Deficit Irrigation Workshops ScreenshotDeficit Irrigation Presentations including Water Optimizer

A series of videos to help you to learn how to optimize available water for crop production.

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 Checkoffvia the United Soybean Board, and UNL Extension, UNL faculty share information for today‚Äôs soybean producers in five podcasts.

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Determining Beginning Soil Moisture for Planning Decisions April 12, 2018

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Cold Germination Test for Corn and Soybeans April 10, 2018

A cold germination test is used to evaluate the emergence of a seed lot in cold wet soils. Developed to simulate adverse field conditions, it is the most widely used vigor test for corn and soybean.

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What On-Farm Research has Taught Us about Soybean Seeding Rates April 6, 2018

More than a decade of on-farm research studies in Nebraska show how soybean seeding rates (and the related input costs) can be reduced without significantly affecting yield. See what growers learned and consider whether a change might benefit your bottom line.

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Figure 1. A ragweed plant rises above neighboring soybean. Researchers believe ragweed caused reduced soybean yields in this study by competing for sunlight. (Photo by Ethann Barnes)
Figure 1. A ragweed plant rises above neighboring soybean. Researchers believe ragweed caused reduced soybean yields in this study by competing for sunlight. (Photo by Ethann Barnes)

University Research: Ragweed Can Pose a Serious Threat to Soybean Yield March 30, 2018

Once thought to be an innocent bystander to field crop production, common ragweed can "drastically reduce soybean yields," according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln research. In dense populations, the loss was shown to be 40-76%.

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USDA: Nebraska Corn Stocks Down, Soybean Stocks Up from 2017 March 30, 2018

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