South Central Agricultural Laboratory Field Day

  • South Central Agricultural Laboratory Field Day
South Central Agricultural Lab
Field Day
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 * 8:30 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. *  Clay Center, NE :
Participants can choose from multiple field research trials and topics to tour at the Aug. 4 South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) field day. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 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.  Lunch and refreshments included.  But please preregister by Monday, Aug. 1 for  planning purposes.

Continuing Education Units have been applied for and are pending.

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  • Please register by Aug. 1 for lunch planning purposes.

  • Contact informaton - South Central Agricultural Laboratory Office, (402)762-3536,

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8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Registration, Coffee & Rolls.  Check out our sponsor tables!

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  - Welcome and opening remarks, Charles Stoltenow, Dean of Extension

9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. - Choose a tour - Soil Health, Irrigation management, Disease management, Weed management

10:20 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. - Choose a tour - Nutrient management, Irrigation management, Insect management

11:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Choose a tour - Soil Health, Disease management, Weed management

12:30 p.m.- 1:45 p.m. - Lunch, Keynote Speaker (John Shanahan, Agoro Carbon “Carbon market potential for U.S. producers”) & Dairy Store Ice Cream

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. - Choose a tour - Nutrient management, Insect management

3:05 p.m.  - Field day ends. Thank you for coming and 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

Nutrient Management: Insights from long term research trials and digital agriculture technologies in corn and winter wheat

Laila Puntel, Extension Soil Fertility and Precision Ag Specialist; Guillermo Balboa, Research Assistant Professor; Jose Cesario, graduate student; and Christian Uwineza, graduate student

Soil Health:  Using cover crops, biochar, and other practices

Katja Koehler-Cole, Soil Health Management Extension Educator; Michael Kaiser, Asst. Professor in Applied Soil Chemistry; and Britt Fossum, Graduate Student

Disease Management:  Corn and soybean disease updates

Tamra Jackson-Ziems and Dylan Mangel, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologists

Irrigation Management:   Remote sensing for irrigation scheduling

Steve Melvin, Cropping Systems Extension Educator and Christopher Neale, Director, Water for Food Institute

Insect Management:  Corn and soybean insect updates

Robert Wright, Nebraska Extension Entomologist and Ron Seymour, Nebraska Extension Educator

Weed Management:  Cover crop for weed suppression in corn and soybean: Planting green and intercropping

Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist

The field day will be held at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory Research Farm located at 851 Hwy. 6 near Harvard, NE

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.



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