A LOOK AT STATEWIDE STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS
Each month we will describe one of the Statewide Strategic Directions. This month we will look at Cropping Systems.
Statewide Strategic Direction #2: Innovative cropping systems to improve soil health, conservation, sustainability and profitability.
1) Develop innovative cropping systems research that is organized in a structure to be repeated across the five agroecozones of Nebraska to address erratic precipitation and extreme temperatures.
2) Engage producers in making decisions to avoid the development of pesticide resistant species.
3) Explore the development of alternative crops and varietal development.
The Intended Outcomes:
1) Nebraskans will gain awareness of and implement new strategies to improve farm sustainability.
2) Specialists and educators will engage producers through on farm research to enhance decision making skills.
3) Producers will make decisions that reduce the development of pesticide resistant species
The first annual Nebraska 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Field Day was held at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Ithaca. The 4Rs is a nutrient management and water stewardship approach which emphasizes fertilizer use with the right source, right rate, right time and right placement of fertilizers. This science-based approach focuses on the best nutrient management practices and sustainable crop production with increasing crop yield and farmer’s profit while protecting the environment.
Key advantages of following 4Rs Nutrient Management Stewardship include:
- An efficient and effective soil fertility program for optimizing the crop nutrient requirements.
- Reducing the cost of fertilizer input while ensuring crop nutrient needs.
- Increasing synchrony of soil nutrients availability and crop growth and development.
- Reducing the potential for nutrient loss to surface water, groundwater and air.
- Enabling efficient use of water with the combined interaction of nutrients availability, crop growth and water use.
- Improving soil organic matter and soil health benefits with more crop biomass production.
- Increasing nutrient use efficiency by minimizing nutrient losses.
FIELD DAYS/OPEN HOUSE/CLINICS DATES
Managing Cattle for Profit in 2021
- workshops scheduled through July
Nutrient Stewardship Field Day
- July 15, 2021
Farm and Ranch Transition Workshop
, PREEC - July 22, 2021
SCAL Field Day
, Clay Center - July 28th, 2021
Forage Field Day,
Haskell Lab - August 5, 2021
Nebraska Grazing Conference
- August 9-11, 2021
Soybean Management Field Days
- August 10-13, 2021
- Panhandle Ag Research and Tech Tour - August 19
, Albion - August 24, 2021
Corn Production Clinic
, ENREEC - August 25, 2021
GSL Open House
, Whitman - August 25, 2021
Soybean Production Clinic
, ENREEC - August 26, 2021
Water & Crops Field Day
, North Platte, NE August 26, 2021
Husker Harvest Days
, Grand Island - September 14-16, 2021
NS&GP Goat AI Clinic,
North Platte - September 18-19, 2021
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