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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.

Soil sampling for better fertilization decisions

soil sample in sampler
Recommendations for collecting soil samples to ensure the quality results needed for good management decisions about fertilizer, manure and lime application rates.

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Harvest and Irrigation Outlook for Fall in Western Nebraska

Dry bean harvest with a Pickett specialty dry bean combine (photo by Gary Stone).
Harvest updates for sugarbeets, dry edible beans and corn in western Nebraska, and insights on the availability of water in reservoirs for the 2024 growing season.

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Impact of R Stage-timed Single Irrigation Events on Soybean Seed Number and Seed Mass

Center pivot in soybeans
Results of a three-year study investigating the impact of mitigating water stress during soybean reproductive stages on the two components that comprise yield — seed number and seed mass.

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Roots, Another Important Aspect of Cover Crops

Vesh Raj Thapa stands near root sample display
Researchers involved in a UNL-USDA NRCS study on cover crops highlight the importance of species selection, as each type of cover crop has a unique root system that contributes differently to soil health.

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Nebraska 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Field Day Featured Crop Nutrient Management Research

Nathan Mueller speaking in corn field
Throughout the field day, educators shared insights and conducted live demos on optimizing management of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, including via sensor-based fertigation.

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