Research

Figure 1. Precision ag technologies including variable rate planting and liquid fertilizer application (pictured above) can be used to automatically carry out on-farm research using yield monitor data collected during harvest. (Photo by Joe Luck)

Learn about On-Farm Precision Ag Research Project Jan. 10 December 21, 2017

Learn what farmers are learning from a university research project using GPS-guided precision ag technology at a Jan. 10 meeting in Grand Island. Growers are currently being sought to participate in the project for 2018.

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A scene in Sub-Saharan Africa
Figure 1. Sub-Saharan Africa is unlikely to become the world's next breadbasket, according to a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

Could Sub-Saharan Africa be the World's Next Breadbasket? Nebraska Study Says It's Unlikely November 17, 2017

While there is huge potential for sub-Saharan Africa to increase agricultural productivity, the odds that the region will become the world's next breadbasket are low, according to a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While the area receives more rain than the world's other breadbaskets, its shallower and "older" soils may not serve as good water reservoirs during periods of little rainfall.

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Western bean cutworm colony

Establishing a Western Bean Cutworm Colony in the Laboratory October 4, 2017

The western bean cutworm is an important pest of corn and dry beans in Nebraska and is a major focus of research at the Agroecosystems Entomology Laboratory at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Because WBC has only one generation per year, researchers are now growing their own population to use in laboratory and field studies.

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Field of Svevo soft duran growing in an Idaho field.
Figure 1. Field of Svevo soft duran growing in an Idaho field. (USDA-ARS photo by Craig Morris)

USDA Researchers Create Soft Durum Wheat September 29, 2017

Soft Svevo, a new soft durum wheat variety developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists and their collaborators, could expand the market for wheat.

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Cover crops planted in corn.
Figure 1. Cover crops, mainly radishes and turnips, interseeded after male row destruction in a seed corn field near Shelby. (Photo taken September 7, 2016.)

Nebraska Farmers Share Cover Crop Why's and How's September 6, 2017

How are Nebraskans using cover crops? A survey of Nebraska soybean, field corn, and seed corn producers and agronomists offers insights into why they've adopted cover crops and how they've integrated them into their cropping systems.

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Minnesota tillage plots

Field Studies: What do you mean 5 bushels per acre is not significant? September 5, 2017

On-farm research offers opportunities for testing practices or products under grower field conditions, but how do you determine when the results are statistically different and reliable or due to other factors.

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Soybean field
Average soybean yield in the north central region from 2010-2014 was 43 bushels per acre, yet some producers reached soybean yields over 80 bushels per acre. Nebraska researchers relied on producer data to identify causes of that yield gap.

Why Are Yields From Some Soybean Fields Much Higher Than Others? August 31, 2017

Researchers at the University of Nebraska worked with growers to identify causes of yield gaps in soybean production systems in the north central US.

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Wheat variety trial field day
Figure 1. Producers examine wheat variety trials during a field day earlier this year.

Research Suggests Changes in Two Wheat Practices Could Lead to Increased Yield August 3, 2017

Fine-tuning wheat production practices such as seeding rate and N application timing and selecting a mix of varieties for a location could significantly improve yield and end-use quality of winter wheat in Nebraska. This article highlights findings from two published articles on results from University of Nebraska wheat research in eastern and western Nebraska.

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