Farmers Should Look For On-Farm Research Opportunities This Fall

Expanded on-farm studies will examine nitrogen use, irrigation practices and corn populations.

Published on: Oct 18, 2012

Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educators suggest that while growers are spending time in their combines this fall they should give some thought as to how weather conditions in 2012 might impact performance of crop inputs and management practices in 2013.

Gary Zoubek and Keith Glewen, co-coordinators for the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network along with other cooperating UNL Extension educators and specialists, suggest that inputs and certain production practices may possibly respond differently in 2013 as the result of unprecedented drought conditions this past growing season, regardless of whether it is irrigated or dryland corn and soybean production.

Farmers Should Look For On-Farm Research Opportunities This Fall
Farmers Should Look For On-Farm Research Opportunities This Fall

"This could be a real learning opportunity for growers who are in it for long haul," Zoubek says.

Both Zoubek and Glewen noted the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network provides growers the framework and opportunity to conduct relevant research in their own fields, using their own farm machinery.

"Growers often will comment that their soils and weather conditions are unique and results can vary greatly from their farms and fields as compared to private and public research stations located in the Midwest," Glewen says.

With the assistance of UNL faculty, farm operators can make valid, field-sized and replicated comparisons which can provide growers valuable economic information.

"Whether yield results are measured in a grain cart, weigh wagon or yield monitor, we have documented over a 20-year period a significant return on investment for conducting on-farm research," according to Glewen.

For more information, interested growers should go to the CropWatch website at www.cropwatch.unl and click on the farm research link.

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is sponsored by UNL Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and the Nebraska Corn Board.