Research Updates

Andrea Basche in a field of cover crop planted into corn stubble

Cover Crop Research Team Receives Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant

June 3, 2019
Three agronomy faculty have been awarded a grant to develop a decision-support tool for the successful incorporation of cover crops into Nebraska cropping systems.

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Figure 1. Growers surveyed about why they conduct on-farm research said that, among other benefits, they appreciated getting to share their results and talk with other growers about their research at winter meetings.

Study Highlights Motivations and Impact of Participating in an On-Farm Research Network

May 31, 2019
Forty Nebraska growers participating in the On-Farm Research Network recently shared why they conduct on-farm research and what it's meant to be part of a group of researchers. The results, published in the Agronomy Journal, illustrate a range of benefits, including cost savings and economic gains.

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Figure 1. University of Wisconsin researchers studied drilling cover crops into V5 corn. (Source: University of Wisconsin Integrated Pest and Crop Management)
Figure 1. University of Wisconsin researchers studied drilling cover crops into V5 corn. (Source: University of Wisconsin Integrated Pest and Crop Management)

Interseeding Cover Crops into Corn or Soybean

May 23, 2019
In some years it may be difficult to well establish a cover crop after corn harvest. This article surveys current research on interseeding into an established crop, further considerations, and how to test this practice on your farm.

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Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
Figure 1. Nevin Lawrence, integrated weed management specialist, shows an individual rubber dandelion plant in the greenhouse at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Panhandle Research and Extension Center. (Photos by David Ostdiek)

Can Nebraska Grow Rubber-Producing Dandelions on a Farm Scale?

May 17, 2019
Panhandle researchers are working with those in other states to test agronomic conditions and practices best suited to the production of rubber dandelions. While it's too early to tell, it might be a viable alternative crop one day.

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Soybean gall midge traps

Alerts Available for Tracking Soybean Gall Midge

May 9, 2019
A new alert system will notify growers when emerging soybean gall midges are captured in field traps in counties where there was damage in 2018.

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Wheat field

USDA Ag Research Develops Calculation Correction for Grain Quality Test

May 1, 2019
Scientists and engineers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service have developed a more precise method to determine a major factor in grain quality used to characterize the suitability of the wheat for processing into foods.

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Examining the Capacity of Nebraska Rangelands for Cattle Production

May 1, 2019
University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers evaluate the forage production of Nebraska’s perennial grazing land systems and the potential to increase cow/calf production in Nebraska.

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   Mark Rosegrant, research fellow emeritus at the International Food Policy Research Institute, delivers the final Heuermann Lecture of the 2018-19 season April 30 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. (Craig Chandler/University Communication)
Mark Rosegrant, research fellow emeritus at the International Food Policy Research Institute, delivers the final Heuermann Lecture of the 2018-19 season April 30 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. (Craig Chandler/University Communication)

Heuermann Lecture Focuses on the Power of Water

May 1, 2019
It’s crucial for society to implement effective and efficient water-management practices, said researcher Mark Rosegrant when he presented the final Heuermann Lecture of the 2018-2019 year.

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