Growers statewide to share on-farm research

Aerial view of tractor plowing a field
February 4, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. — Farm operators and agronomists from across the state are invited to attend the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network research results update meeting at a location near them. Producers will obtain valuable crop production-related information from over 100 on-farm research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska faculty. These research projects cover products, practices, and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension Educator says, “These meeting provide a great opportunity to network with innovative farmers and hear directly from the farmers who have been conducting research on their own farms. We anticipate that people who attend the meetings will leave with new ideas to try out on their operations in the upcoming growing season.”

Locations and times include:

  • BEATRICE: Feb. 18 – 9 a.m. CST, Holiday Inn Express, 4005 N 6th St.
  • MEAD: Feb. 19 – 9 a.m. CST, Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, 1071 County Road G
  • NORFOLK: Feb. 20 - 9 a.m. CST, Madison County Extension Office, 1305 S. 13th St.
  • KEARNEY: Feb. 26 - 9 a.m. CST, Buffalo County Extension, 1400 E 34th St.
  • ALLIANCE: Feb. 27 – 9 a.m. MST, Knight Museum & Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.
  • YORK: Feb. 28 – 9 a.m. CST, Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Ave.
    (York special focus - Cover Crops and Soil Health - Jointly sponsored by USDA-NRCS and the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network).

Check in begins ½ hour prior to the start times listed. Lunch will be served at all locations.

These February programs will provide an opportunity to hear growers who conducted on-farm research share their results from the 2019 growing season. Field length replicated treatment comparisons were completed in growers’ fields, using their equipment.

“Participants are using the data they collect from their own farms to evaluate new products or practices in order to improve their productivity and profitability,” Thompson said.

Research projects to be discussed will include: cover crops, variable rate seeding, planting populations, starter fertilizer, fungicide applications, alternate crop rotations, seed treatments, and side dress nitrogen management technologies including drone and sensor based, variable-rate nitrogen management. 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)-624-8030 or e-mail to register for any of the six sites. To learn more about the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how to participate, visit

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, the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff, and the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

Laura Thompson
Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension

Keith Glewen
Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension