Agricultural Production Crop Production

Crop Production

The production of crops is the heart of Nebraska's economy. Water is essential to all plant growth. Thus Nebraska's economy relies on a plentiful supply of water to produce crops – in both rainfed and irrigated environments. Several factors involved with producing crops interact with either water supply or water quality issues – or both.

Disposal of Flood Soaked Grains and Forages

Flood-soaked grain or hay is almost certain to be contaminated, making it unfit for use as food or feed.  This summary describes regulatory considerations and recommended actions for management of agricultural grains and forages deemed unusable for food or feed following flooding.

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Manure Applications Prior to Planting

Spring manure applications may provide environmental and crop production advantages compared to fall manure applications. These benefits include reduced nitrogen leaching, increased crop yields, and higher phosphorus and potassium nutrient soil storage.

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UNL - Testing Ag Performance Solutions (UNL-TAPS)

A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln led partnership is helping agricultural producers explore emerging technologies and identify ways to strengthen profitability without increasing risk.

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Papio-Missouri River NRD Groundwater Management Plan--Public Meetings

Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (P-MRNRD) has recently revised its Groundwater Management Plan.  The plan was revised to incorporate, and respond to, new data and information about groundwater quantity and quality throughout the District.  The new plan incorporates data from recent studies as well as regulation changes including:

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Cover Crops

Crops including grasses, legumes or forbs used for seasonal cover and other conservation purposes.

SARE Publications 2007, Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition. Beltsville, MD: Sustainable Agriculture Network, 244 pgs. $19 for book; PDF version available.

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