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Figure 1. Corn height and stalk diameter for the different treatments were measured weekly and compared.

Effect of Rye or Oat Cover Crop on Corn Growth and Development in a Rain-Fed, Wheat-Corn Rotation March 12, 2019

Cover crop species and planting date are two factors that could affect the following crop. In this student study the effects on corn of cover crop species and planting dates were evaluated.

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Graph showing the effects of four planting dates and two hybrids on plate internode length.

Planting Date Impact on Corn Growth and Ear Issues March 12, 2019

Do delayed planting dates affect plant growth (leaf height, stem diameter, and internode length) and ear formation issues in corn? See what this student researcher learned from trials conducted near Clay Center in summer 2018.

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Figure 1. Nebraska's Joe Louis with a collection of leaves infested by corn-leaf aphids. Louis and his colleagues have found that spraying a corn plant with one of its own defensive compounds might reduce aphid colonization by as much as 30%. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication)
Figure 1. Nebraska's Joe Louis with a collection of leaves infested by corn-leaf aphids. Louis and his colleagues have found that spraying a corn plant with one of its own defensive compounds might reduce aphid colonization by as much as 30%. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication)

Experiments Underscore Overlooked Aspect of Defending Corn from Pest March 4, 2019

Spraying a corn plant with one of its own compounds — 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid, or OPDA — can help deter the virus-carrying, pollination-disrupting insect known as the corn-leaf aphid.

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Eco-Drip of Hastings donated and installed a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system for a TAPS Farm Management Competition at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.
Eco-Drip of Hastings donated and installed a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system for a TAPS Farm Management Competition at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.

UNL-TAPS to Kick Off 2019 Competition Featuring Subsurface Drip Irrigation February 22, 2019

The 2019 TAPS farm management competition will start Tuesday, March 12 with a meeting at the Bayer Crop Science Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg. Potential UNL-TAPS participants can learn more about subsurface drip irrigation, as well as contest details.

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Youth in attendance at the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge Banquet were recognized for their efforts. (L-R: Payton Schiller, Kaylea Geiser, Gavin Nelson, Kara Kudera, Rylan Nelson, Logan Nelson, Kade Stromberg, Korbin Kudera, Isaac Stormberg, Matthew Rolf, Ian Schiller, James Rolf, James Rolf, Landon Haskenkamp, Brooke Hilgenkamp, Aaron Fuchs.

Youth Corn Challenge Winners Announced February 15, 2019

Congratulations to the Maple Creek Creators 4-H Club of Colfax County and all the winners of the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension. Entries for the 2019 contest are due by March 15.

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USDA Reports NE Corn and Soybean Production Hit Record Highs February 8, 2019

Corn for grain production and soybean set record highs in 2018, according to the end-of-year report from USDA. See how all major crops in Nebraska fared.

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Figure showing the marginal net returns to N fertilizer application for irrigated corn following corn and corn following soybean. The analysis was done for $4/bu corn and fertilizer costs of 7 lb N and 9 lb N equal to value of one bushel of grain or of $0.57/lb N and $0.44/lb N, respectively.

Effects on Profitability and Nitrogen Loss from Reducing N Rate for Corn February 5, 2019

This study looks at how various reductions in nitrogen application rates in corn might reduce nitrogen loss to the environment and what the costs of those changes would be in yield and profit.

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Bar graph showing distribution of various ear abnormalities within the tested group.

Corn Growth and Development: What We Have Learned About Corn Development From Studying Ear Issues January 23, 2019

In an effort to better understand the causal agents of ear formation issues first seen in corn in 2016-2017, researchers laid out an experiment in 2018 to typify types of ear formation damage as well as possible factors contributing to damage.

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