Research Updates

Nebraska's James Schnable (left) examines a sorghum plant with Andy Benson in the Greenhouse Innovation Center. Schnable is part of a $3.9 million NSF-funded project that aims to develop crops that more efficiently use fertilizer. (Photo by Craig Chandler, UNL)

Researchers Aim to Reduce Nitrogen Fertilizer Use November 28, 2018

Today’s agricultural researchers are turning to plant genomics to find solutions for growing crops more sustainably with fewer inputs, including nitrogen fertilizer, without sacrificing yield or profit.

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Sunflower field at the High Plains Ag Lab

The Sunflower Pathology Working Group November 15, 2018

While diseases are one of the three biggest yield-limiting factors of sunflower production, there was little information on how to identify and manage them until university plant pathologists joined in a collaborative effort to conduct research and develop educational resources.

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Graph showing tillage effects on yield of chickpea and field pea at Grant, Nebraska in 2018 study.
Graph showing tillage effects on yield of chickpea and field pea at Grant, Nebraska in 2018 study.

Field Pea and Chickpea Germination and Yield as Affected by Tillage October 26, 2018

Research conducted at Grant found that spring tillage prior to planting caused faster germination and better yield of field peas and chickpeas as compared to no-till during the above-average wet and cool 2018 growing conditions.

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Visual evaluation of waterhemp growth 21 days after an atrazine application.

Research Report: Prevalence and Mechanism of Atrazine Resistance in Waterhemp from Nebraska October 26, 2018

Researchers studied waterhemp populations in eastern Nebraska to evaluate the efficacy of PRE and POST herbicide applications and the mechanism of atrazine resistance. Here's what they found and take-home messages to apply to your operation.

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New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln suggests companies can actually profit by giving away their genetic modification technologies to hunger-stricken areas.
New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln suggests companies can actually profit by giving away their genetic modification technologies to hunger-stricken areas.

Research Suggests Fighting World Hunger can be Profitable for Ag Biotech Companies October 25, 2018

University research shows that lowering the price of genetic modification technologies in hunger-stricken areas can actually help agricultural biotech companies profit. In other words, these companies can actually do well by doing good.

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Chart of corn prices and safety net program levels

Cornhusker Economics on Farm Programs, Payments and Prospects October 24, 2018

An analysis of farm program payment rates with information on current programs and the outlook for future support.

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Figure 1. Drilling cereal rye into corn stubble in Dodge County, October 19, 2018.
Figure 1. Drilling cereal rye into corn stubble in Dodge County, October 19, 2018. (Photo by Katja Koehler-Cole)

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Cereal Rye as a Nitrogen Catch Crop Before Soybean October 24, 2018

In trials conducted at three research stations in eastern, northeastern and south-central Nebraska, researchers investigated rye productivity and its ability to scavenge N when grown as a cover crop between full-season corn and soybeans.

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Figure 1. Researchers tour multiple dry bean variety plots at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center to identify favorable traits for varieties grown in Nebraska and elsewhere. (Photo by David Ostdiek)
Figure 1. Inspecting a variety plot of dry beans north of Scottsbluff are (from left) Phil Miklas, USDA plant breeder; Carlos Urrea, UNL dry bean breeding specialist; Tim Porch, USDA plant breeder; and Karen Cichy, USDA plant breeder. (Photo by David Ostdiek)

Worldwide Collaboration to Breed Better Dry Beans September 27, 2018

Researchers from USDA, UNL, and other land-grant universities are working together to help identify traits to improve dry bean quality in Nebraska and worldwide.

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