Research Updates

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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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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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. 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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Figure 1. Two runs of the experiment (front, just beginning second run; back, just finishing first run) conducted in the greenhouse at the Pesticide Application Technology Laboratory at the university’s West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.
Figure 1. Two runs of the experiment (front, just beginning second run; back, just finishing first run) conducted in the greenhouse at the Pesticide Application Technology Laboratory at the university’s West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.

Competitiveness of Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp with Soybean

September 26, 2018
The objective of this study was to evaluate the competitiveness of three herbicide-resistant Nebraska waterhemp populations with soybean in a greenhouse environment. The results indicate the importance of enhancing early-season crop competitiveness.

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Test plots showing sorghum (center) and other crops double-cropped after field peas in Saunders County in eastern Nebraska.

Double Cropping Pulses with Short-Season Crops, Forages, and Cover Crops in Eastern Nebraska

September 6, 2018
A research project in eastern Nebraska is evaluating a double crop production system as a potential alternative to the traditional corn/soybean rotation. Following an early season crop of yellow field peas, short-season crops (corn, soybean, grain sorghum, millet and sunflower) and annual forages (forage sorghum and sorghum-Sudangrass) were planted.

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