• Soybean Management Field Days
Soybean Management Field Days

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See your checkoff dollars at work

  • What is Soybean Management Field Days?
  • Get best practices you can implement in your fields
  • Interactive discussion and field-based demonstrations
  • Discuss issues important to you - county specific to worldwide
  • Learn about what the Nebraska Soybean Board is doing - research, marketing, and education efforts
  • Complimentary admission and lunch
  • Check out the overview of the 2022 presentations
SMFD Field Presentation

Soybean Management Field Days provides an opportunity to learn how to profitably apply the products of technology and research at the farm level

This educational event is for you - the soybean grower and agronomic representatives supporting the soybean industry. Experts share their knowledge and experiences as they relate to soybean production, marketing and management including. 

But this isn't just another field day!   In 2022 we made a few changes, so that growers had more opportunities to get questions answered.  This helps us address soybean production issues that drive future research.  We are kept the things you’ve always loved about Soybean Management Field Days such as field tours and presentations.  But we will also offered more interactive discussion. 

Soybean Management Field Days is a great way to see your checkoff dollars at work and get best practices you can implement in your fields.

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Demonstration-Focused Topics

The 2022 topics were demonstration-focused with variation between sites based on each region’s needs.  Here's a look at what we covered:

Soybean Insect Management
What pests are most troublesome in your operation? We’ll look at what growers are seeing in their fields and discuss the best management approach for various situations. This includes soybean gall midge (Brownville, Decatur) and stem borer (Central City, Blue Hill)
Tom Hunt, Nebraska Extension Entomologist; Robert Wright, Nebraska Extension Entomologist; Justin McMechan, Crop Protection and Cropping Systems Specialist; Ron Seymour, Nebraska Extension Educator; Gabi Carmona, University of Nebraska Post-Doctoral Research Associate; Matheus Ribeiro, University of Nebraska Post-Doctoral Research Associate; and Natasha Umezu, University of Nebraska MS Graduate Student
Soybean Disease Management
2022’s mixed bag of weather conditions and storms put stress on plants and opened the door for disease-causing pathogens.  We will examine what diseases have been problematic and what the best approaches are for managing them in various situations.
- Dylan Mangel, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist
Irrigation Management (Blue Hill, Central City, Decatur)
Irrigation management is critical to optimize both yields and water resources.  With so many factors to consider, we will demonstrate new irrigation scheduling software that helps easily put all the pieces together.
- Steve Melvin, Nebraska Extension Educator, Irrigated Cropping Systems and Bruno Patias Lena, Nebraska Extension Educator, Water and Cropping Systems
Cover Crops (Brownville)
Cover crops can improve soil health, increase nutrient cycling, and aid in weed suppression.  Learn about the extensive research conducted with cover crops in Nebraska.
- Katja Koehler-Cole, Nebraska Soil Health Management Extension Educator
Weed Management
Develop an effective integrated weed management plan - we will discuss seed selection, traits and tolerance, resistance, weed seed production, viability, the spread of common weeds and more.  This session includes a close up look at combine clean out and weed seedbank dynamics.  Waterhemp and giant ragweed studies results will also be discussed.
- Chris Proctor, Nebraska Weed Management Extension Educator and Dan Smith, Agronomy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ag Economics
The Ag Budget Calculator (ABC) program is an online budgeting tool designed to assist   growers in determining their cost of production and projected cash and economic returns.  Learn how your operation can benefit from the analysis this free tool provides.
- Glennis McClure, Extension Educator / Farm and Ranch Management Analyst
Precision Ag
How can precision ag be implemented in soybean production?  We will discuss planter settings, provide a drone demonstration and answer questions on how you can make it work for you.
- Luan Pereira de Oliveira, Nebraska Extension Educator, Water and Cropping Systems
Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel: Fuels from the Farm
Biodiesel and renewable diesel add value to each bushel of soybeans grown in Nebraska. Learn about these fuels, their benefits to farmers and farming operations, and their growing markets throughout the U.S.
- Hoon Ge, Founder and President of MEG Corp, Ge is a chemical engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the petroleum and renewable fuel industries including refining, additive formulation and alternative fuels. MEG Corp provides technical expertise to fuel distributors, fleet managers, end users and mechanics through education and technical support.

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We are in your Neighborhood!

Soybean Management Field Days are hosted at locations across Nebraska. We share current information about soybean production, marketing, and management with you at 4 different farm sites each year.  We've been going strong since 1999!

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We have been conducting replicated research at the Soybean Management Field Days sites since 2012...
learn about what we have found out over the years and are continuing to learn.

Research Updates

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We invite you to view the Soybean Management Field Days presentations or listen to the podcasts
presented by Nebraska Extension specialists and educators when convenient in your schedule.

Nebraska Soybean Board

 3815 Touzalin Ave. Suite 101 * Lincoln, NE 68507 * 1-402-441 -3240


Nebraska Extension

   1071 County Road G * Ithaca, NE 68033 * 1-800-529-8030