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This Week on N Field: Spray Drone Requirements in Nebraska

February 16, 2024
Extension insights to assist Nebraska producers in deciding whether drones are a beneficial precision ag investment for their operation.

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Nate Thorson stands beside screen displaying ag software
The NFarms initiative at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center will be a test bed for new technologies, as well as platforms to help farmers better harness data. The initiative also will develop innovative decision-making tools that producers can use for efficient field management. Nate Thorson, the program’s research manager, brings experience with both agricultural production systems and software design to the platform. (Photo by Deloris Pittman)

NFarms Research Will Bring Precision Ag Innovations to Producers

February 14, 2024
The new NFarms facility, to be constructed at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center, will be a test bed for new technologies, as well as platforms to help farmers better harness data.

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Stacy Adams standing behind crops in greenhouse
Stacy Adams, UNL professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture, kicked off the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture's spring seminar series with his presentation on alternative production practices and hydroponic approaches and value within the food supply chain.

Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Series Begins for Spring 2024

January 30, 2024
The spring seminar series features a new timeslot and panel of experts, set to share insights on topics such as rapid soil sensing, precision ag advancements, nitrate leaching, vegetable production, yield gap analysis and soil organic carbon.

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Drone spraying wheat field
Five exam prep courses will be offered across the state in February and March for producers and other members of the public who need to obtain a Part 107 remote pilot certification or license to fly drones for commercial applications.

Nebraska Extension Offers Part 107 Drone Test Prep Courses Feb. 7 Through March 6

January 26, 2024
The course will prepare producers to pass the FFA exam and earn a remote pilot certification for commercial use of drones, such as for checking cattle and spraying crops. 

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Farmer controlling drone over field

Evaluation of Digital Ag Tools on Soybean Stand Count

November 30, 2023
Determining early-season soybean stand count is critical for informed decisions on potential replanting. This study explores the application and accuracy rate of drone technology for stand count assessments.

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Drone spraying wheat field
Hosted at the Stumpf International Wheat Center in Grant, Nebraska, the Drones in Ag Workshop will include continuing education credits for certified crop advisors.

Nebraska Extension to Host New Drones in Ag Workshop Dec. 12

November 20, 2023
The workshop will feature presentations on drone use in agriculture, licensing requirements and regulations, aviation safety, imaging and spraying, and demos, including the opportunity for attendees to fly a small drone.

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Tractor planting at sunset
All sessions of the 2024 Agricultural Outlook Forum will be livestreamed, and virtual attendance is free. See registration link below for more information.

Registration Now Open for USDA’s 100th Agricultural Outlook Forum

November 2, 2023
At the 2024 forum, more than 100 experts from government, industry and academia will share insights on commodity and food price outlooks, U.S. and global agricultural trade developments, ag innovations, climate change and the bioeconomy.

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Wind damaged corn fields

Geospatial Technology Can Help Corn Producers Assess Potential Wind Damage in Fields

October 27, 2023
In a 2023 study, USDA ARS researchers used a GPS-mounted yield monitoring system to assess green snap in corn fields and more accurately estimate yield loss.

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