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South Central Ag Lab to host field day Aug. 19

South Central Agricultural Laboratory near Clay Center will host a field day Wednesday Aug. 19

August 15, 2015

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Tour the latest University of Nebraska research on cover crops, Bt corn, precision fertilizer management, and soil water monitoring at this year's South Central Ag Lab Field Day Aug. 19 near Clay Center.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of four major research sites through 4 p.m. Keynote speaker for the lunch is Ronnie Green, NU Vice President and Harlan Vice Chancellor for UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition Rod DeBuhr, Daryl Andersen and Duane Woodward of the Upper Big Blue, Little Blue and Central Platte NRDs will share updates.

Participants will be able to attend all four tours during the day:

• Cover Crops


Various aspects of cover crop management and their impact(s):

Cover crops and water use
Timing of cover crop planting into corn

A research update on multi-location cover crop trials

• Bt Corn and Rootworm Management

Multiple Herbicide-Resistant Crops for Management of Resistant Weeds; Fungicide Application Timing on Corn, and Update on Goss' Bacterial Wilt

Understanding Bt insect control traits in hybrids and current status of rootworm resistance to Bt corn traits in Nebraska

Status of herbicide-resistant weeds in Nebraska

Understanding multiple herbicide-resistant crops (Enlist and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend); herbicide modes of action

The impact of fungicide application timing on corn

An update on Goss's bacterial wilt

• Nutrient Management

Project SENSE: A component of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network to encourage in-season, sensor-based N fertilization. Demonstrations of crop canopy sensor systems and sharing of data from cooperator sites


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for detecting crop stress; results from research use of UAVs

• Soil Water Management

Various types of soil moisture sensors, including, capacitance, soil matric potential, frequency-domain reflectometry, and time-domain reflectometry sensors

Demonstration of application of wireless soil moisture sensors

Practical use of soil moisture sensors for irrigation management

Registration and directions
Please RSVP to Extension Educator Jenny Rees at (402) 762-3644 or [email protected]. A total of 6 CCA credits have been approved: 1.5 credits in crop management, nutrient management, integrated pest management and soil and water management.

Directions: UNL's South Central Agricultural Lab is at 842 Road 313 near Clay Center.  Directions: 13 miles east of Hastings on Hwy 6 or 7.5 miles west of the intersection of Hwy 14 and Hwy 6.

Source: UNL CropWatch

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