Alternative Crops

Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center. (Photos by David Ostdiek)

Can Nebraska Grow Rubber-Producing Dandelions on a Farm Scale?

May 17, 2019
Panhandle researchers are working with those in other states to test agronomic conditions and practices best suited to the production of rubber dandelions. While it's too early to tell, it might be a viable alternative crop one day.

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Tyler Williams, climate and crops extension educator in Lancaster County, speaks at one of the 2018 Successful Farmer sessions.

Extension Successful Farmer Series Starts January 4

December 12, 2018
Friday mornings from Jan. 4 to Feb. 8 Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County will host a meeting series on timely topics for eastern Nebraska farmers. Can't get into town that day? The sessions will also be live streamed.

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Field peas

Adoption of Yellow Field Pea: Replacing Summer Fallow with Field Pea and the Relationship between Planting Timing, Population, and Yield

January 9, 2018
How much will yellow field pea affect soil fertility and soil water content when replacing fallow in a wheat-corn-fallow rotation? This article from the 2019 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings.reports on 2018 research to address this question.

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UNL Research Technician Allison Rickey (left) and UNL Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist Dipak Santra inspect a canola plot at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff.

Canola Research May Lead to Additional Crop Option

May 17, 2016

May flowers aren’t the only plants blooming in western Nebraska.

Most irrigated row crops won’t emerge for weeks, but winter canola began blooming in early May in the research plots at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, creating a bright yellow patch that catches the eye of travelers driving by on Highway 71 on the north edge of Scottsbluff.

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Neighbor-to-Neighbor Communication Key to Avoiding Drift Damage

March 18, 2016

Talking With Each Other: Traditional and Alternative Agriculture

Good neighbors in rural Nebraska keep open the lines of communication and work together — important for growers of both traditional row crops and alternative crops.

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