Description: UNL-TAPS, developed by Daran Rudnick, Matt Stockton, Chuck Burr, and Rodrigo Werle in partnership with the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance, is hosting its 1st Annual Farm Management Competition, where producers will compete against each other as well as UNL scientists for (1) most profitable farm, (2) highest input (water and nitrogen) use efficiency, and (3) greatest grain yield. The goal of the Nebraska Farm Management Competition is to promote efficiency and profitability while giving a chance to learn from those who grow corn profitably. The competition is supported by NE extension, natural resource districts, non-profit organizations, industry, among others. A complete list of sponsors can be found here.
Mission Statement: "To engage forward looking agriculturalist to TAP into the UNLimited power of innovation, entrepreneurialism, technological adoption, improved techniques and methodologies to help Nebraska farm’s, farm businesses and farm families to maintain profitability and sustainability through the wise allocation and application of “all” their resources."
Applicable Research Articles
Sprinkler Irrigation System Maintenance for Improved Uniformity and Application Efficiency
Center pivot irrigation systems are designed and managed to apply water as uniformly as possible to enhance crop production. Uniformity has a direct effect on the system’s overall application efficiency, which is a measure of how well an irrigation system delivers water to a crop’s root zone.Full story · READ MORE UNL-TAPS ARTICLES
Western Nebraska corn/soybean rotation PayoffCorn and soybeans are the two most common crops grown in Nebraska. Some farmers in the western part of the state plant continuous corn with few that plant continuous soybeans. In most cases some type of corn/soybean rotation is practiced. Idealistically speaking crop rotations should be producer and site specific, matching physical geography, resource availability and management capability. This work focuses on the difference in profitability among four possible rotations.Full story · READ MORE UNL-TAPS ARTICLES
Corn Irrigation Management Under Water-Limiting ConditionsThis publication discusses irrigation management under water-limiting conditions, including deficit and limited irrigation strategies as they relate to corn production. Some of the basics of deficit and limited irrigation management, in relation to full irrigation, are included.Full story · target="_blank"READ MORE UNL-TAPS Articles