2021 South Central Agricultural Laboratory Field Day

  • South Central Agricultural Laboratory Field Day
South Central Agricultural Lab
Field Day
Wednesday, July 28 * 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 July 28 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 Monday, July 26 for  planning purposes.

Continuing Education Units have been applied for and are pending.

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  • Please register by July 26 for lunch planning purposes.

  • Contact informaton - South Central Agricultural Laboratory Office, (402)762-3536, shachtel1@unl.edu

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8:30 a.m. - Registration & view posters.  Enjoy rolls & coffee!

8:45 a.m. - Welcome and overview of the day, John Westra, Associate Research and Extension Director, Administration

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

10:30 a.m. -  11:50 a.m. - Choose a tour – Biomass Management, Cropping Systems or Weed Management*

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch, Keynote Speaker & Dairy Store Ice Cream

Greg Ibach, Under Secretary in Residence at Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

keynote speaker

1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. - Choose a tour – Nutrient Management, Irrigation Management, or Insect Management*

2:30 p.m.  - 3:50 p.m. - Choose a tour – Biomass Management, Cropping Systems, or Weed Management*

4:00 p.m. - End of field day.  Thank you for coming.  Have a good trip home!

*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 7 sessions.  Morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon.

Biomass Management

- Yield and soil health impacts

Michael Sindelar, Nebraska Extension Educator and Virginia Jin, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS

Cropping Systems

- Reducing nutrient loss, increasing carbon storage, and improving weed control with long-term cover cropping

Katja Koehler-Cole, UNL Research Assistant Professor and Graduate Students Christopher Anuo and Elizabeth Oys

Disease Management

- Corn and soybean disease updates

Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist, Asha Mane, Graduate Student, and Jae Brungardt and Brad Tharnish, Research Technicians

Irrigation Management

- Is there room for improvement in irrigation efficiency? What the TAPS data tells us.

Chuck Burr, Irrigated Cropping Systems, Extension Educator and Steve Melvin, Water and Cropping Systems Extension Educator

Insect Management

- Corn insect management and soybean gall midge

Robert Wright, Nebraska Extension Entomologist; Justin McMechan, University of Nebraska Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist; and Ron Seymour, Nebraska Extension Educator

Sensor-Based Nitrogen Management

- Optimizing nitrogen management and digital tools

Joe Luck, Nebraska Extension Precision Ag Specialist; Laila Puntel, UNL Assistant Professor; and Laura Thompson, Nebraska Extension Educator

Weed Management

Planting green, herbicide interaction, and weed suppression in corn and soybeans

Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist, Jenny Rees, Nebraska Extension Educator and Graduate Student Trey Stephens


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/.