TAPS Farm Management Competitions

The TAPS program hosts interactive real-life farm management competitions that evaluate profitability and input-use efficiency. In 2017, the pilot year, the competition included sprinkler irrigated corn under a variable rate sprinkler irrigation system administered from the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center in North Platte, NE. The second year, 2018, two competitions including sprinkler irrigated corn and sprinkler irrigated sorghum were held. In 2019, the UNL-TAPS program expanded to include a subsurface drip irrigated corn contest as well as the two contests under the variable rate sprinkler system. In coordination with Oklahoma State University, the TAPS program offered a sprinkler irrigated corn competition in Eva, Oklahoma. The fall of 2019 a winter wheat competition began housed at the High Plains Ag Lab in Sidney, Nebraska. Contestants in each competition make decisions on a number of management options for their “farm”, which includes three plots equal to around a half an acre. These decisions, depending on competition, can include: crop insurance selection; hybrid selection; planting density; marketing strategy; irrigation scheduling and quantity; and fertilizer timing, amount and method. The participants obtain information relevant to their plots, as well as submit their decisions, through a password protected login. A "demonstration-farm" has been created to show how the forms work and what information is provided to the participants. 

2020 Competitions

2019 Competitions

2018 Competitions

2017 Competitions