Research

Cover crops
Figure 1. A new two-year study led by researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops. (Photo by Chris Proctor)

Nebraska Research to Examine Benefits of Cover Crop July 27, 2017

A new, multi-state, two-year study led by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will focus on the benefits of cover crops in soybean cropping systems, including finding the balance between lower soybean yields from shorter-season varieties and increased cover crop biomass after early soybean harvest.

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Cornhusker Economics: How Accurate are Crop Forecasts? June 16, 2017

Publicly available crop reports are one of the main sources of information about underlying supply and demand in many agricultural markets, but how accurate are the forecasts contributing to these market shifts?

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Field trial comparions of 7.5-inch and 30-inch row spacings
Figure 1. Left, 30-inch rows at 90,000 plants/ac; right, 7.5-inch rows at 120,000 plants/ac.

Field Studies: Replicated Comparisions vs Side-by-Side Comparisons May 9, 2017

How to set up a basic research study on your farm to provide reliable results from replicated studies with random placement of treatments in each replication.

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Bags of corn seed

On-Farm Research Opportunities for This Season April 28, 2017

If you've been thinking about incorporating an on-farm research study this year, the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network still has several opportunities.

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Laura Thompson and Dean Stevens in the field
Figure 1. Laura Thompson discusses an on-farm research plan with Dean Stevens, a corn-soybean farmer near Falls City. A new tool on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network website allows growers to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

Find Nearby On-Farm Research Results More Quickly with New Website April 26, 2017

A new tool on the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network website allows growers to click on a map of Nebraska to find out about research projects conducted on farms in their area.

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Example of a randomized experiment design

Multi-State Research Looks at Means for Optimizing Inputs to Enhance Profits April 21, 2017

Six researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on the USDA-NIFA-funded Data Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) project. DIFM is based at the University of Illinois, and also involves the Universities of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois State. The overarching goal of the project is to collect production data after conducting large-scale, on-farm randomized input use field trials, and then using the information to inform growers of optimal input use practices to enhance their profits.

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Proposed changes in top private agricultural chemical and seed research ownership

Mergers and Competition in Seed and Agricultural Chemical Markets April 10, 2017

Under recent merger proposals, the six global firms that dominate private agricultural chemical and seed research and production would be reduced to four. In the most recent edition of Amber Waves, a USDA Economic Research Service site, economic researchers examine possible effects of these changes in seed and ag chemical markets, including on prices and innovation. The “Big Six” — BASF, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta — emerged in the 1990s and early 2000s, arising from mergers among large chemical, pharmaceutical, and seed companies as well as from their acquisitions of many smaller seed and biotechnology companies.

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Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity, a CAST paper April 5, 2017

Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity, a paper in the series on the Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050, published by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).

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