Research Updates

Nebraska's David Holding (right) and Leandra Marshall (left) are developing lines of popcorn featuring higher levels of lysine, an amino acid essential to the diets of humans and some livestock. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communication)

Genes to Proteins: Enriching the Nutritional Value of Popcorn, Sorghum February 21, 2019

After years of research a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team led by David Holding has roughly doubled the content of lysine, an essential amino acid, in both popcorn and sorghum. For sorghum it could mean a more complete source of nutrition for many in the developing world.

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Plots of field peas and chick peas studied as possible alternatives to fallow in more arid production areas.

Research Examines Water Balance of Field Peas, Chickpeas and Soybeans vs Fallow February 21, 2019

This research compared fallow to field peas, chickpeas, and soybeans in terms of water balance, impact on next year’s wheat crop, and profitability. It was conducted near Grant in western Nebraska.

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Figure showing the marginal net returns to N fertilizer application for irrigated corn following corn and corn following soybean. The analysis was done for $4/bu corn and fertilizer costs of 7 lb N and 9 lb N equal to value of one bushel of grain or of $0.57/lb N and $0.44/lb N, respectively.

Effects on Profitability and Nitrogen Loss from Reducing N Rate for Corn February 5, 2019

This study looks at how various reductions in nitrogen application rates in corn might reduce nitrogen loss to the environment and what the costs of those changes would be in yield and profit.

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Three soybean plants demonstrating how plant architecture responds to planting population.

Variable Seeding Rate for Soybean January 23, 2019

Discussion of findings from on-farm soybean research to identify uniform field management zones and the optimum seeding rate within each zone. This is from one of the presentations to be made at the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 28-29 in Kearney.

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Bar graph showing distribution of various ear abnormalities within the tested group.

Corn Growth and Development: What We Have Learned About Corn Development From Studying Ear Issues January 23, 2019

In an effort to better understand the causal agents of ear formation issues first seen in corn in 2016-2017, researchers laid out an experiment in 2018 to typify types of ear formation damage as well as possible factors contributing to damage.

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Modern corn hybrids, shown here, differ significantly from hybrids of 50 years ago.

Corn Growth and Development: Updating an Old Paradigm of Dry Matter and Nutrient Accumulation and Partitioning January 23, 2019

From the 1960s to the 2000s corn hybrids have changed dramatically in appearance and yield. Nutrient content, concentrations and partitioning also have changed and are the focus of this article for the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Jan. 28-29.

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Pollen-Mediated Gene Flow and Transfer of Herbicide-Resistant Alleles January 22, 2019

Pollen-mediated gene flow at a distance could allow the spread of rare herbicide-resistant alleles and favor the evolution of multiple herbicide-resistant biotypes through the accumulation of different resistant genes in an individual weed or weed population. From the Nebraska Crop Management Conference Proceedings.

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Cattle grazing cover crops

Cover Crop Grazing: Impacts on Soils and Crop Yields January 22, 2019

Results from a three-year study in rainfed and irrigated no-till cropping systems in Nebraska suggest that moderate cattle grazing of cover crops may not negatively impact soil properties and crop production.

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