Kenny Reinke and Tyler Reinke holding check

TAPS Awards Banquet Culminates 2023 Competitions

January 18, 2024
See the results of the 2023 UNL-TAPS Competition for sorghum, SDI corn, sprinkler corn and the newest category for the contest — irrigated popcorn.

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Field of sorghum
Participants in the 2023 TAPS Competition tackled some atypical challenges during this year's contest, from hail damage in corn plots to irrigation issues in sorghum. Contestants' strategies to overcome these and other production issues throughout the growing season will be shared during the awards banquet on Jan. 13 in Kearney.

2023 TAPS Competitions to Culminate with Awards Banquet

December 12, 2023
The seventh annual TAPS Competition awards banquet will showcase how participants managed their plots throughout the 2023 growing season amid numerous production challenges.

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Upward shot through clear table of David Holding sorting popcorn
Nebraska's David Holding sorts popcorn on a light table in his Beadle Center lab. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication and Marketing)

50/50 Shot Breeds a Decade of Popcorn Success

November 15, 2023
A UNL research team has naturally bred new varieties of popcorn that outperform today’s most popular kernels in their intrinsic nutritional value and taste.

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Corn under pivot irrigation
With the 2023 TAPS competition coming to an end, final results and winners will soon be announced.

Irrigation Varies Amid One of Wetter Seasons in TAPS History

November 2, 2023
This article provides a brief summary of the irrigation decisions made in the TAPS sorghum, popcorn, SDI corn and sprinkler corn competitions this year.

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TAPS popcorn
This year's popcorn contest will function similar to the other crop competitions, with participants deciding on crop insurance, seeding rate, irrigation and nitrogen management, fungicide and marketing throughout the year.

TAPS ‘Pops’ with New Competition and Partnership in 2023

May 1, 2023
TAPS introduces its new popcorn competition, which will be held in the same field as the sprinkler irrigated corn competition at WCREEC in North Platte.

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TAPS attendees

TAPS Program Kickstarts 2023 Competition Season

April 5, 2023
The 2023 TAPS Competition participants will soon make their first decisions of the growing season — watch for updates in the coming months as participants choose their seed varieties, manage nitrogen applications and irrigation, and more.

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Growth and Modification Set for 2023 TAPS Year

February 1, 2023
TAPS is expanding its competition in 2023 with a new irrigated popcorn competition, a cover crops option for sprinkler corn, and a new location for the sorghum competition. The expansion also includes a new TAPS competition in Colorado. 

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Control of Velvetleaf with Post-emergence Herbicides in Popcorn

August 12, 2021
Results of a study evaluating the efficacy and crop safety of labeled post-emergence herbicides to control velvetleaf, a major agricultural weed in Nebraska that reduces yields in popcorn if not controlled.

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