Crops, Programming

Soybean Management Field Day

Each year Soybean Management Field Days is held at 4 different locations across Nebraska. This year, Fillmore County is fortunate to host one of these programs. On August 13, 2014 at the Stengel farm near Shickley, with registration at 9:00 a.m. and the program running from 9:30 – 2:30 p.m. this educational event will occur. One hour presentations will occur aimed at providing important research based data to soybean producers.MussmanField 003

Specifically, topics will include:

  • Herbicide applications, water quality and resistance management (demonstrations of herbicide drift with discussion on how to mitigate drift with new herbicide-resistant traits, how weed growth affects herbicide performance, etc.)
  • Growth development and growth enhancement products (soybean growth and development, how yield is made and soybean responses to plant density and planting date)
  • Multiple soybean input study that includes row spacing, fungicides, insecticides and nutrient management (soil fertility management for soybeans, seed treatment products, risks associated with application of “insurance” application of insecticides, etc.)
  • Irrigation management for soybeans (scheduling based on soil moisture and crop water use, variety impact on water use efficiency and irrigation timing impact on yields)
  • Grain marketing/ag policy/risk management (understanding the global soybean market, farm program decisions, fine tuning your marketing plan, etc.)
  • Your soybean checkoff investment
  • How to handle, store and use biodiesel in your farming operation

This program is sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. The Fillmore County program will be held at the Stengel farm northwest of Shickley (from Shickley, go west on hwy. 74 for 4 miles, go north on county road 2 for 2 miles; it is located just west of of intersection of county roads 2 & R).

If you are unable to attend August 13th, the program will be held near Auburn on August 12th, near Belgrade on August 14th and near Synder on August 15th.  For more information go to or call 1-800-852-BEAN. Hope to see you there!

Crops, Programming

Research Updates to Cover Results from Soybean Management Field Day Trials

Recently I participated in the Crop Production Clinic and heard some interesting results regarding research on soybeans conducted this past growing season. In short, treatments included row spacing/seed rate, fungicides; plant populations/planting date and maturity group interactions. They found narrow row spacing to be the most important practice that growers can adopt to increase yields.

Soon, researchers will be sharing information and yields from the replicated field research conducted at the


summer 2012 Soybean Management Field Days. The summer Soybean Management Field Days feature presentations and field trials related to soybean production, marketing, and management. In 2012 arrangements were made with four soybean producers to plant seven replicated trials on each of their center pivot irrigated fields. University of Nebraska faculty will share and discuss yield results at each of the Research Update locations.

Research updates will include:

Quest for the Holy Grail in Soybean Production  with Charles Shapiro, UNL soils scientist – crop nutrition, Evan Sonderegger, UNL graduate student, & Jim Specht, UNL professor of agronomy

  • Soybean Seed Treatments and Foliar Fungicides and Growth Enhancement Interactions with Herbicides with Loren Giesler, UNL plant pathologist & Michael Rethwisch, UNL extension educator
  • Herbicide-Carrier Rate Study with Lowell Sandell, UNL weed science Extension educator, Cody Creech, UNL graduate student, & Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping system specialist

For more information contact program coordinator and UNL Extension Educator Keith Glewen at 800-529-8030.

Sessions closest to our area include:

  • Jan. 31 — Columbus, noon – 3 p.m., Wunderlich’s Catering, 304 23rd Street; 402-563-4901
  • Jan. 31 — David City, 6 – 9 p.m., Hruska Memorial Public Library, 399 5th Street; 402-367-7410


The program includes a complimentary meal. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Nebraska Soybean Board at 800-852-BEAN, UNL Extension at 800-529-8030, or the respective host county Extension office. The Soybean Management Field Days and these follow-up Research Updates are sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board and UNL Extension.

(Source, UNL CropWatch