On-Farm Research

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Field Studies: Setting Up a Trial June 21, 2017

Reliable results from on-farm research often start with correct placement of randomized, replicated plots in your field. Soil type, topography, and other factors all need to be considered to ensure results are representative of the whole field.

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Laura Thompson and Dean Stevens in the field
Figure 1. Laura Thompson discusses an on-farm research plan with Dean Stevens, a corn-soybean farmer near Falls City. A new tool on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network website allows growers to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

Find Nearby On-Farm Research Results More Quickly with New Website April 26, 2017

A new tool on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network website allows growers to click on a map of Nebraska to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

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Farmer Jerry Mulliken of Nickerson

Increase Profitability with On-Farm Research March 16, 2017

Jerry Mulliken discusses what he's learned from conducting more than 30 research studies on his farm near Nickerson, Nebraska. On-farm research provides meaningful information specific to a farm's soils, farming practices, and local conditions, allowing growers to make management decisions with confidence. Learn more from a farmer's perspective in this article and video.

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Nebraska Extension Educator Laura Thompson scouting a corn field
Nebraska Extension Educator Laura Thompson taking early season stand counts as part of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network Project. Thompson and Extension Educator Keith Glewen are research coordinators.

Growers Statewide to Share On-Farm Research Results February 7, 2017

Results from more than 70 on-farm research projects conducted in Nebraska in 2016 will be shared at meetings scheduled for five Nebraska sites. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

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Byron Chvatal
Byron Chvatal

Meet Bryon Chvatal, a Nebraska On-Farm Researcher February 7, 2017

Bryon Chvatal of Prague has been conducting trials through the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network for the last 10-12 years, each season taking 40-80 acres to test a practice, product or machinery change. He farms a “mostly dryland,” no-till corn-soybean rotation.

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From the Combine: Considering Changes for 2017? Use On-farm Research to Test Them October 21, 2016

As hoppers, trucks and bins are filling up with corn and soybeans this fall, it’s the ideal time for growers to consider whether this year's production practices were profitable for their operation.

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SARE North Central Region

Apply Now for 2017 SARE Farmer/Rancher Grants September 23, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Farmer Rancher Grant Program of the North Central Region of USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).

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10 Steps for On-Farm Research Success April 21, 2016

Interested in testing a practice or product under your field conditions and available equipment? Here are 10 steps to help ensure your results are reliable and meaningful to your operation.

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