TAPS Farm Management Competitions

The UNL-TAPS program has been hosting 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 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 is expanding, thanks to the sponsorship of Eco-Drip of Hastings, NE, to include a subsurface drip irrigated corn contest as well as the two contests under the variable rate sprinkler system. The program is also expanding in coordination with Oklahoma State University and offering a sprinkler irrigated corn competition out of Guymon, Oklahoma. The fall of 2019 will see the kick-off of a winter wheat competition 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. 

2019 Competitions

2018 Competitions

2017 Competitions