Growers Statewide to Share On-Farm Research

Farm operators and agronomists from across the state are invited to attend the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network research update program at a location near them. Locations and times include: Feb. 8 at the West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte; Feb. 9 at the Hall County Extension Office located on the College Park Campus in Grand Island; Feb. 11 at the Lifelong Learning Center located on the Northeast Community College Campus in Norfolk; and Feb. 12 at the University of Nebraska’s Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) near Mead.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the program is from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT at Grand Island, Norfolk, and Mead. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the program is from 12:00-4:30 p.m. CDT at North Platte. Lunch will be served at all locations.

Producers will obtain valuable crop production-related information from on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty.

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is a statewide, on-farm research program that addresses critical farmer production, profitability and natural resources questions. Growers take an active role in the on-farm research project sponsored by Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board.

These February programs will provide an opportunity to hear growers who conducted on-farm research share their results from the 2015 growing season. Field length replicated treatment comparisons were completed in growers’ fields, using their equipment.

Research projects to be discussed will include: Variable rate seeding, planting populations, Maize-N nitrogen rate decision tool for sidedress nitrogen, starter fertilizer, fungicide applications, row spacing, cover crops, foliar micronutrients, seed treatments (including new treatment for Sudden Death Syndrome), and others. Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) will also be discussed. This is a special 3 year initiative which focuses using crop canopy sensors to direct variable-rate, in-season nitrogen application to improve the efficiency of nitrogen fertilization in corn.

Certified Crop Advisor Credits are applied for and pending upon approval.

There is no fee to attend. Preregistration is requested for meal planning purposes. Call (402)624-8000 or e-mail to register for any of the three sites. To learn more about the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how to participate, visit