November 27, 2012

Podcast: On-farm research program is great way to advance corn production, methods

In this podcast, Chuck Emanuel, a farmer from North Bend and member of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, discusses opportunities for Nebraska farmers to participate in on-farm research. He said it's a great way to examine ways to grow corn, including methods that lead to better yields while having less of an impact on the environment and conserving natural resources. All while having a positive impact on the bottom line.

"The key is to have proven best management practices that are practical and make sense in the real world on your farm," he said. "So how can we move from theory to practices? By taking advantage of on-farm research."

To help make this happen, the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Corn Board have partnered with University of Nebraska Extension over the last few years to develop a statewide on-farm research program. The program, which is completely free for farmers to join, aims to address important farmer production, profitability and natural resources questions.

The main three areas of research focus on irrigation, nitrogen management and corn population. Those are pretty critical areas for farmers, Emanuel said, and having solid research based on your specific conditions is a tremendous opportunity.

For more information on the program, contact the Nebraska Corn Growers or click here to visit the UNL website.

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