Research Updates

Integrating Cover Crops into a Corn and Soybean Cropping System

January 8, 2018
An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics on recent research to understand the impact of planting dates, plant populations, and corn (Zea mays L.) hybrid comparative relative maturity (CRM) on corn growth, kernel moisture content, and corn yield prior to cover crops.

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Mixture of chopped sugarbeets and wheat

University Studies Sugarbeets as a Livestock Feed for Weaned Calves

November 17, 2017
In the third year of its research on using chopped sugarbeets for livestock feed, university researchers are moving from using pregnant cows to weaned calves as their research subjects. Growing and finishing trials will be conducted with calves both receiving and not receiving sugarbeets as an energy source.

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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:

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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Perceptions of Crop Consultants and Crop Producers on Grazing Corn Residue in Nebraska

October 19, 2017
A new journal article by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers reports on the results of a survey asking consultants and growers about what factors influence their thinking on grazing crop residue. The report notes that while corn residue grazing is a longstanding practice in the state, currently only about 25% of the state's corn residue is being grazed.

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Figure 1. Field peas are mature and ready to harvest in this variety trial plot near Grant.
Figure 1. Field peas are mature and ready to harvest in this variety trial plot near Grant. (Photos by David Ostdiek)

2017 Field Pea Variety Trial Results

October 19, 2017
The 2017 university field pea variety trials have been posted to CropWatch and include results from seven plots with up to 25 varieties at each location. The varieties are grouped in three categories: older, robust lines; newer, higher yielding lines just coming to market; and new lines in development.

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Unmanned Aircraft Research Team: (left to right) Joe Luck, Christopher Neale, Wayne Woldt, George Meyer, Derek Hereen, Yufeng Ge, (inset) Eric Frew

Drones Buzzing Toward Increased Crop Production

October 18, 2017
A new research project funded by a $500,000 USDA grant and support from the University's Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute seeks to deploy unmanned aircraft (drones) in search of improved crop irrigation efficiency. The project will conduct regular drone flights throughout the season, using advanced remote sensing systems and in-field sensors to collect data.

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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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