Growing Results is a social media series that features various on-farm research studies happening throughout the state. Follow along on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to stay updated on the latest Growing Results features!

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Dawson County, NE

An On-Farm study in Dawson County is evaluating the impact of Pivot Bio's Proven40 across a range of Nitrogen rates. Early satellite imagery analysis showed significantly improved (P < .01) NDVI in Pivot Bio treated areas when compared to untreated areas.

North Platte, NE

This summer in North Platte, Cameron Kolling is researching cover crop interseeding practices. He is testing two different treatments in corn and comparing them to a plot without any cover crop treatments.

Box Butte County, NE

Direct harvest of dry edible beans is a growing practice in western Nebraska, so we are working with farmers to evaluate suitable dry bean varieties!

To successfully raise beans for direct harvest, farmers must plant dry bean varieties with strong upright architecture, high yield, and good bean quality. By conducting on-farm research studies, our farmers are discovering the best practices for their dry bean operations while seeing results in real time.

York, NE

In York, NE, Ron and Brad Makovicka are studying how soybeans in high-yield environments respond to supplemental nitrogen! Our goal is to develop a prediction tool based on this data that will guide producers regarding nitrogen fertilization in soybeans.

Lexington and Madrid, NE

The western corn rootworm is a major pest of continuous corn in Nebraska and has adapted to overcome many of the management strategies used against it. Because of this, we are partnering with Corteva Agriscience, the Nebraska Corn Board, and farmers Don Batie, Mark Allen, and Will Fellers to test out some alternative control strategies.

Platte County, NE

In Platte County, Brent Melliger, Luan Oliveira, and Bruno Lena are conducting two studies on nitrogen management in corn production. One study evaluates different sidedress nitrogen ramps in a furrow irrigated corn system while the other study looks into the impact of biological products under different sidedress nitrogen ramps in a center pivot irrigated corn system.

Cass County, NE

Glenn Spangler is working with us for his third year studying soybean seeding rates on his farm. His goal is to evaluate three different seeding rates to determine which one maximizes yield and profit for his operation.

This year, Glenn is using target seeding rates of 70,000, 90,000, and 110,000. In previous years, on-farm research in Nebraska has shown that soybean planting rates of 80,000 to 120,000 have resulted in the highest profitability for farmers.

St. Edward, NE

Dave Merrell and Bruno Lena are working together in St. Edward to research different seeding rates for soybean production this summer! This on-farm research study stems from recent data that suggests larger marginal net return can be achieved at 120k seeds/acre rather than Merrell's traditional rate of 140k seeds/acre.

Richardson County, NE

In Richardson County, farmers are interested in determining the benefit of nitrogen-fixing biological products to meet the nitrogen requirements of their corn crop. So, we are evaluating PivotBio PROVEN40 OS across a wide range of nitrogen fertilizer rates and comparing it to the same rates without the PivotBio product. 

Auburn, NE

Near Auburn, NE, Daryl Obermeyer and Jose Guilherme Cesario Pereira Pinto are researching how using remote sensors can help farmers make informed decisions on nitrogen management in wheat. Tools such as satellite/drone imagery and a handheld GreenSeeker allow Alex Coronel and Max Pirillo, our interns featured in these photos, to assess the wheat nitrogen status of crops.