Engaging Agriculture: On-Farm Research Meeting Scheduled in Alliance


Dry bean harvest in western Nebraska. Photo by Gary Stone

By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications

The Nebraska 2024 On-Farm Research Network results and update meetings will be held in February across the state. One of the meetings will be in Alliance on Feb. 21 at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. The workshops highlight collaboration with growers and Nebraska Extension educators.

“Growers appreciate the on-farm research because they are doing the studies on their own farms with their own equipment and seeing results with their own eyes. They trust that,” said John Thomas, Nebraska Extension cropping systems educator in Box Butte County.  

An important aspect of the On-Farm Research projects is figuring out if a product is viable economically for a grower’s operation. Thomas has worked with several growers over the years and has recently been doing research on dry edible beans, including with foliar fertilizers. “With only one year’s data with foliar fertilizers on dry beans, it’s hard to make any conclusions. One of the foliar treatments had a slightly better yield but no economic benefit,” he said.  

The On-Farm Research meeting will have current information on local research, along with weed and disease management and crop water monitoring and usage.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave., in Alliance. 

The meeting is free, and a lunch will be provided. Register by calling 308-762-5616 for a lunch count.