2019 South Central Agricultural Laboratory Field Day

  • South Central Agricultural Laboratory Field Day
South Central Agricultural Lab
Field Day
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 * 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. *  Clay Center, NE :
Participants can choose from multiple field research trials and topics to tour at the Aug. 1 South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) field day. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 851 Hwy. 6 near Harvard, NE.

Come learn about current, up-to-date topics focusing on improved crop production and profitability!  Each year more than 100 applied field research trials are conducted at SCAL by University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists.  Trials are focused on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems and disease management.  

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of research sites through 4:00 p.m.  Lunch and refreshments included.  But please preregister by July 29 (We've extended the deadline to Tuesday, July 30!) for  planning purposes.

Continuing Education Units have been applied for and are pending.

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8:30 a.m. - Registration and view postersEnjoy rolls & coffee!

8:45 a.m. - Welcome and overview of the day – John Westra, Associate Director, University of Nebraska Southeast Extension

9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. - Choose a tour – Cover Crops, Disease Management, Insect Management, or Nutrient Management*

10:30 a.m. -  11:50 a.m. - Choose a tour – Corn Stover Management, Hail Injury Management, Weed Management, or Mobile Beef/Science Lab*

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Dave Varner,  Associate Dean and Associate Director, Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska

1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. - Choose a tour – Cover Crops, Disease Management, Hail Injury Management, or Mobile Beef/Science Lab*

2:30 p.m.  - 3:50 p.m. - Choose a tour – Insect Management, Nutrient Management, Weed Management, or Corn Stover Management*

4:00 p.m. - End of Field Day

*Tours depart from the shop area


Come learn about current, up-to-date topics focusing on improved crop production and profitability

Attend 4 of the 8 sessions.  Morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon.

  • Cropping Systems - Cover crops, pollinators and weed management

Katja Koehler-Cole, UNL Research Assistant Professor; Chris Proctor, Nebraska Weed Management Extension Educator; and Osler Ortez Amardor, UNL PhD Graduate Student

  • Insect Management - European corn borer, corn rootworm, and cover crop insect control

     Robert Wright, Nebraska Extension Entomologist; Gabriella Carmona, Julia Campos, Juan Cardona, and Dania Ozorio, UNL Entomology graduate students

  • Weed Management - Herbicide-resistant weed management issues.  Includes management of volunteer corn.

Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist

  • Hail Injury Management - Assessing injury and management decisions in corn and soybeans - See a hail machine that simulates hail damage in action! 

Justin McMechan, University of Nebraska Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist

  • Disease Management - Corn and soybean disease updates; Current status of crop diseases; Research results; Corn: Bacterial leaf streak management trial; Identification, current distribution, host range, etc.; Foliar  fungicide trial; Soybean - Frogeye leaf spot; Identification, fungicide resistance, management recommendations; Current research

Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist; Jae Brungardt, UNL Research Technologist; and Brad Tharnish, UNL Research Technologist

  • Sensor-Based Nitrogen Manaement - Nitrogen fertilizer management in irrigated corn

Joe Luck, Nebraska Extension Precision Ag Specialist and Laila Puntel, UNL Assistant Professor

  • Corn Stover Management - Corn stover harvest management and impacts

Michael Sindelar, Nebraska Extension Educator; Virginia Jin, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS; & Marty Schmer, Research Agronomist, USDA-ARS

  • Mobile Beef and Mobile Science Lab - Interactive display on mobile beef lab and mobile science lab.  See a fistulated steer!

Nathan Haman, 4-H Extension Assistant


The South Central Agricultural Laboratory research farm is located at 851 Hwy 6 near Harvard. Directions: 13 miles east of Hastings on Hwy 6 or 4.5 miles west of the intersection of Hwy 14 and Hwy 6. north of Clay Center.

Learn more about SCAL at:  https://scal.unl.edu/.