Nebraska Crop Management Conference Proceedings 2019

Three soybean plants demonstrating how plant architecture responds to planting population.

Variable Seeding Rate for Soybean

January 23, 2019
Discussion of findings from on-farm soybean research to identify uniform field management zones and the optimum seeding rate within each zone. This is from one of the presentations to be made at the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 28-29 in Kearney.

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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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Modern corn hybrids, shown here, differ significantly from hybrids of 50 years ago.

Corn Growth and Development: Updating an Old Paradigm of Dry Matter and Nutrient Accumulation and Partitioning

January 23, 2019
From the 1960s to the 2000s corn hybrids have changed dramatically in appearance and yield. Nutrient content, concentrations and partitioning also have changed and are the focus of this article for the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 28-29.

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Pollen-Mediated Gene Flow and Transfer of Herbicide-Resistant Alleles

January 22, 2019
Pollen-mediated gene flow at a distance could allow the spread of rare herbicide-resistant alleles and favor the evolution of multiple herbicide-resistant biotypes through the accumulation of different resistant genes in an individual weed or weed population. From the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Proceedings.

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Cattle grazing cover crops

Cover Crop Grazing: Impacts on Soils and Crop Yields

January 22, 2019
Results from a three-year study in rainfed and irrigated no-till cropping systems in Nebraska suggest that moderate cattle grazing of cover crops may not negatively impact soil properties and crop production.

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Figure 1. Cover crop trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of several practices on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.
Figure 1. Cover crop trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of several practices on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.

Using Cover Crops as a Weed Management Tool for Managing Herbicide-Resistant Weeds

January 9, 2019
Cover crop research trials were conducted in 2017-2018 at the UNL Havelock Research Farm near Lincoln to discover the impact of soybean maturity group, planting date, termination date, and herbicide use on on management of winter- and summer-annual weeds.

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Soybean field where previous cover crop provided adequate weed control.
Soybean field where previous cover crop provided adequate weed control.

How Much Cover Crop Growth Is Needed For Weed Control?

January 9, 2019
How well do cover crops control weeds and can they offset herbicide costs in corn-soybean cropping systems across the Corn Belt? That's the focus of a multi-state meta-analysis of 15 cover crop research projects.

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Field of cover crops

Native Warm-Season Grass Management and Planting Decisions for Alternative Forages

January 9, 2019
One of the most important drivers of productivity and cost effectiveness of annual forages is planting date. Having realistic planting date expectations is one key to proper species selection.

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