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Corn and Soybean Planting Considerations

April 24, 2019
Planting sets the stage for a successful crop with an even emergence and stand. Consider these tips to help ensure you're providing favorable planting condition via proper soil conditions, planting window, planting depth, and seeding rates.

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By replacing one solid closing wheel with a spiked one, closing the seed-vee becomes easier in a variety of conditions.

Avoiding Sidewall Compaction at Planting

April 19, 2019
Don't let this season's planting conditions get the better of your crop stand. Described here are four factors contributing to sidewall compaction and steps you can take to minimize the challenge.

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Layout of data-intensive prescription research conducted in Saunders County
Layout of data-intensive prescription research conducted in Saunders County

Soybean Seeding Rates

April 18, 2019
Research from Nebraska farmers and Midwest universities suggests seeding rates for soybeans can often be decreased without affecting yield. These decreases could save growers $10 an acre in seed costs.

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Cover crops and weeds in early spring
Figure 1. When using a burndown treatment to terminate cover crops and weeds this spring, planting intervals often may negate the use of many dicamba products prior to soybean planting. (Photos by Amit Jhala)

Which Dicamba Product Should I Use as a Burndown Before Planting Soybean?

April 16, 2019
Several growers have asked: Can dicamba products such as Banvel, Clarity, and DiFlexx be applied to terminate broadleaf cover crop species and broadleaf weeds immediately before planting soybean?

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Figure 1. Distribution of survey fields across the north central US. Red circles denote individual fields and the green area shows the region of soybean acres. (Source: USDA-NASS. (2019) USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), National Cultivated Layer).
Figure 1. Distribution of survey fields across the north central US. Red circles denote individual fields and the green area shows the region of soybean acres. (Source: USDA-NASS. (2019) USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), National Cultivated Layer).

Major Causes of Soybean Yield Gaps in Nebraska and 9 Other States Identified

April 15, 2019
A four year study in Nebraska and other north central states found that planting date was a leading factor explaining the gap between current soybean yield and potential yield. The gap ranged from 11% in irrigated fields in south-central Nebraska to 21% in dryland fields in eastern Nebraska.

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Figure 1. When making decisions for your farm, check out some of the on-farm research results from 2018 to see what other growers learned.
Figure 1. When making decisions for your farm, check out some of the on-farm research results from 2018 to see what other growers learned.

Extension Releases Results from 2018 Farmer-Conducted Research

April 12, 2019
An online database of results from the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network allows users to search and filter data from over 800 Nebraska on-farm research studies dating back to 1990.

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Combining soybeans in 2018
University researchers are seeking 20 growers in eastern Nebraska to study practices to improve soybean yields.

Study Area Expanded for Growers Interested in Participating in Soybean Yield Gap Research

March 28, 2019
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network (NOFRN) has expanded the area where it is seeking 20 farmers to study how to optimize soybean yields. Here's more on the practices being studied and what's needed from the growers and the university researchers.

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On-farm automated oilseed pressing system

To Press or Not to Press: That is the Question

March 25, 2019
Results from a joint study by USDA ARS and Drexel University scientists will help farmers better weigh the merits of pressing soybeans on-site rather than transporting their crop to a crush (processing) facility.

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