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This is Dr. Nathan Mueller, your local agronomist with Nebraska Extension for Dodge and Washington counties. As you get crops out of the field this fall, you have already started thinking about changes you might make for the 2017 growing season. Harvest is also the ideal time to consider how on-farm research could benefit your operation in making data-driven changes.
The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network provides an opportunity for you to get questions answered about your fields. On-farm research is conducted with your equipment, on your land, using your management. The goal of the network is to address critical production, profitability and natural resources questions. The research network is a collaborative partnership that includes Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Soybean Board.
Several areas of on-farm research need to be planned now, such as fertilizer and tillage studies. Because conducting on-farm research requires some planning that is where the research network provides support. On-farm research has been occurring all across Nebraska this year to help growers like you answer agronomic and economic questions. Just in Dodge and Washington County alone, we have two multi-hybrid planting studies on entire fields using a 16-row Kinze multi-hybrid planter, a soybean seeding rate study in 15” planted rows, three side-dress nitrogen rate studies, and a corn fungicide timing study this year. Results from these studies and others around the state will be presented during meetings near you on February 20th in Mead and February 21st in Norfolk.
Our local Crop Tech Cafe team in Northeast Nebraska supports on-farm research efforts in Colfax, Dodge, Washington, Stanton, Cuming, Burt, Thurston, and Dakota Counties. For more information about on-farm research and how to start, contact us at 727-2775 or visit our locally-focused website at croptechcafe.org. Know your crop, know your tech, know your bottom line. This is Dr. Nathan Mueller, your local agronomist for Nebraska Extension on KTIC radio.