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Nebraska Ag Connection - 02/11/2020

Farm operators and agronomists from across Nebraska are invited to attend upcoming local meetings for updated research results from the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.

Producers will obtain valuable crop production-related information from more than 100 research projects conducted on Nebraska farms by Nebraska farmers in partnership with University of Nebraska--Lincoln faculty. The projects cover products, practices and new technologies that impact farm productivity and profitability.

"These meetings provide a great opportunity to network with innovative farmers and hear directly from those who have been conducting research on their own farms," said Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension educator. "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., Holiday Inn Express, 4005 N. Sixth St.

Mead: Feb. 19, 9 a.m., Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center, 1071 County Road G

Norfolk: Feb. 20, 9 a.m., Madison County Extension Office, 1305 S. 13th St.

Kearney: Feb. 26, 9 a.m., Buffalo County Extension Office, 1400 E. 34th St.

Alliance: Feb. 27, 9 a.m., Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.

York: Feb. 28, 9 a.m., Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Ave. (This meeting will have a special focus on cover crops and soil health. It is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.)

Check in begins 30 minutes before the start times listed. Lunch will be served at all locations.

The February programs will provide an opportunity to hear growers who conducted on-farm research share their results from the 2019 growing season.

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 Adviser credits have been applied for and are pending approval.

There is no fee to attend. Pre-registration is requested for meal-planning purposes. To register for any of the six sites, call 402-624-8030 or email onfarm@unl.edu. To learn more about the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network and how to participate, visit http://cropwatch.unl.edu/farmresearch.

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, which is sponsored by Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Checkoff and Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

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