Forage Field Day - August 6

 After connecting with forage extension experts in South Dakota and identifying a lack of outreach, a collaborative effort to put on an annual field day was kicked off in 2021 with SDSU Extension. Initially held at the SDSU Southeast Research Farm and Haskell Ag Lab in 2021, the program has rotated back and forth between locations since 2022. Haskell hosted 2021, 2022, and will host on August 6, 2024. The event has brought in 50 – 100 participants annually and been able to secure $3,000 in grant and sponsorship support.

Past days have focused on silage production and storage, forage sorghum use, and silage/hay equipment considerations. Topics being considered for 2024 include cover crop use, forage storing best management practices, and risk mitigation tools.

Contact Ben Beckman, Livestock Systems Associate Extension Educator, at for questions. 

Building Connections Among Nitrogen Sources, Soil Management, and Water Quality - August 13

As corn production continues to increase in Nebraska, the issues associated with nitrogen management and water quality have received more attention among the public. Both state agencies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have increased their efforts in addressing these concerns in recent years.

The Field Day “Building Connections Among Nitrogen Sources, Soil Management, and Water Quality” will highlight many of the research efforts underway at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its collaboration efforts with the state (Natural Resource Districts, Nebraska Corn Board) and federal agencies (USDA NIFA, USDA NRCS) in addressing the issues. You will be able to learn about nitrogen sources and their connections in building soil health, crop resilience, and improving water quality. Finally, while visiting the displays and enjoying the tours, you can fill up with a free lunch.

Past Field Days

Cover Crop Field Day

The focus of the April 30 Cover Crops Field Day at Haskell Ag Lab near Concord, NE was on learning about fall-planted cover crops tailored to diverse management goals. The field day had featured guided tours through three research trials, showcasing the latest findings and practical insights into cover crop management and benefits. More information.