Research Updates

Joe Louis
Joe Louis, Harold and Esther Edgerton assistant professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has earned a five-year, $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation. (Jeff Wilkerson, UNL Research and Economic Development)

Study of Sorghum's Defense Against Sugarcane Aphid Nets NSF Award April 19, 2019

Sorghum, one of the top five cereal crops in the world, is now battling a devastating insect pest, the sugarcane aphid, in the US. Joe Louis, a UNL entomology researcher, has just received a $1.5 million NSF grant to investigate how to help sorghum naturally resist the aphid.

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Improving Manure Nitrogen Use Efficiency April 18, 2019

A multi-year study of organic N used in Nebraska crop production validated sensor guided in-season N application as a means to efficiently use the N available from manure and other organic materials.See what benefits they found, as well as considerations for use.

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Purple hued corns

University of Illinois Study: Phenols in Purple Corn Fight Diabetes, Obesity, Inflammation in Mouse Cells April 18, 2019

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed new hybrids of purple corn containing different combinations of phytochemicals that may fight obesity, inflammation and diabetes, a new study in mice indicates.

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Layout of data-intensive prescription research conducted in Saunders County
Layout of data-intensive prescription research conducted in Saunders County

Soybean Seeding Rates April 18, 2019

Research from Nebraska farmers and Midwest universities suggests seeding rates for soybeans can often be decreased without affecting yield. These decreases could save growers $10 an acre in seed costs.

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To Press or Not to Press: That is the Question March 25, 2019

Results from a joint study by USDA ARS and Drexel University scientists will help farmers better weigh the merits of pressing soybeans on-site rather than transporting their crop to a crush (processing) facility.

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Student conducting research

Effect of Switchgrass Row Spacing on Inter-Seeded Legume Establishment March 15, 2019

This project evaluated the effect of switchgrass row spacing on the establishment of Illinois bundleflower, partridge pea, alfalfa, white clover, and hairy vetch.

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Chart showing row spacing effects on switchgrass yields.

Effect of Row Spacing on Switchgrass Yield and Nutritive Value March 14, 2019

This study was conducted from 2010 to 2015 to evaluate effects of row spacing on switchgrass forage yield. It compared two varieties: ‘Shawnee’ an upland ecotype, and ‘Kanlow x Summer HP1 NETO2 C1’, an experimental lowland ecotype later released as ‘Liberty’.

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Figure 1. Soil disturbance after disking and interseeding legumes.
Figure 1. Soil disturbance after disking and interseeding legumes.

Burning, Disking, and Spraying Consequences on Big Bluestem Forage Yield, Nutritive Value, and Native Legume Establishment March 14, 2019

A two-year study evaluated establishment of two native legume species into five-year old established big bluestem pastures and compared seven treatments.

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