Pivot field at the West Central Research and Extension Center, site of one of the three divisions in this year's UNL-TAPS competition. (Photo by Krystle Rhoades)
Figure 1. Pivot field at the West Central Research and Extension Center, site of one of the three divisions in this year's UNL-TAPS competition. (Photo by Krystle Rhoades)

UNL-TAPS Field Tour this Thursday, June 27 June 19, 2019

View the variable rate irrigation system and the subsurface drip irrigation system used for this year's UNL-TAPS competition at the TAPS Field Tour on Thursday, June 27. There will be plenty of time to talk with contest participants and staff about this year's contest.

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Planting plots in the 2019 UNL-TAPS program
Figure 1. Planting plots in the 2019 UNL-TAPS program at the West Central Research and Education Center near North Platte. (Photos by Krystle Rhoades)

Hybrid Selection Sets TAPS Contests Up for a Unique Year May 30, 2019

Competitors in the three divisions of this year's UNL-TAPS contest have selected their seed and seeding rate. Additional research was added this year to look at production functions such as seed selection.

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Growers and industry represenatives gather at the kick-off gathering for the 2019 UNL-TAPS competitions

UNL-TAPS Participation Increasing in 2019 April 3, 2019

Over 100 participants in 49 teams will be competing in this year's UNL-TAPS competitions for irrigated corn, irrigated sorghum, and Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI). Based on program success in the first three years, Oklahoma State University has started OSU-TAPS.

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Eco-Drip of Hastings donated and installed a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system for a TAPS Farm Management Competition at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.
Eco-Drip of Hastings donated and installed a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system for a TAPS Farm Management Competition at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte.

UNL-TAPS to Kick Off 2019 Competition Featuring Subsurface Drip Irrigation February 22, 2019

The 2019 TAPS farm management competition will start Tuesday, March 12 with a meeting at the Bayer Crop Science Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenburg. Potential UNL-TAPS participants can learn more about subsurface drip irrigation, as well as contest details.

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Discussing irrigation management at the annual UNL-TAPS banquet were (L-R): UNL-TAPS competitors Carla McCullough, Roric  Paulman, and Tim Franklin, and Gerald Franklin. (Photo by Amy Kremen)

Central Plains Irrigation Association Conference to Spotlight UNL TAPS February 7, 2019

Irrigation, water management, and the UNL-TAPS program will be the focus of the Central Plains Irrigation Association (CPIA) Conference in Kearney on February 26-27.

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Corn fields being managed in June 2018 as part of the TAPS farm management competition at the West Central REC in North Platte.

UNL TAPS Wraps Up 2018, Looks Forward To 2019 Contests January 28, 2019

Growers achieving top efficiency and profitability in corn and sorghum production as part of the UNL TAPS Farm Management Competition in 2018 have been announced. Sign up for the next competition, which will include a subsurface drip irrigation division, is in March.

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Market Journal

Market Journal: Marketing Key to Profitability in 2017 TAPS Contest January 12, 2018

With the Testing Ag Performance Solutions Contest (TAPS) growers competed to see who could produce corn most profitably, efficiently, and with the highest yield. Learn what were the leading factors for success and what participants learned on this week's Market Journal.

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Taking the corn stalk nitrate test in the field
(From left) Rodrigo Werle, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture; Jacob Nickel, irrigation research technician; and Himmy Lo, research assistant in biological systems engineering, perform stalk nitrate sampling on a plot at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. (Daran Rudnick/Biological Systems Engineering)

Competition Allows Ag Producers to Try New Technologies, Methods December 6, 2017

A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln-led partnership is helping agricultural producers explore emerging technologies and identify ways to strengthen profitability without increasing risk during the growing season.

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