Corn Silage Variety Test Plots (2020)


Twelve corn varieties were compared. The comparisons included plant populations (plant density) per acre versus yield, corn varieties versus yield and moisture content at harvest. The trial was arranged in a complete block design with three replications of each variety planted. Each variety replication equaled 0.48 acres and it was replicated 3 times, for a total study area of 17.28. acres.

Soybean Production in Nevada (2017-2028)

(2 year project) The first year a comprehensive educational program was developed to provide information and assistance in growing soybeans in the local area. An informal curriculum was developed, presented and evaluated for this program. The objective of this program was to educate producers on the recommended best management practice for growing soybeans in Northern Nevada.

County educator Steve Foster developed and presented an all-day program on the following topics; Introduction to Soybean Production, Soils/fertility for Soybean Production, Soybean Physiology and Growth Stages, Variety/Maturity Group Selection, Soybean Production Best Management Practices, Soybean Enterprise Budgets and Economics, Soybean Diseases/Insect Control, Soybean Weed Management and Relay Intercropping Systems with Wheat.

For the first year, Foster designed and managed a non-gmo soybean test plot with collaboration with a local producer. The plots consisted of three different soybean varieties, with three different maturity ratings, replicated 4 times. A field day was held prior to harvest to illustrate to regional producers the results of the test plots.

For the second year, Foster designed and managed a non-gmo soybean test plot with collaboration with a local producer. The plots consisted of two different soybean varieties, with similar maturity ratings, and replicated 4 times.

Russian Knapweed Control Study (2015)

In 2013, Foster submitted and received a grant from the Humboldt Watershed Cooperative Weed Management Area to study Russian knapweed control methods. The trial compared mechanical control (mowing), traditional chemical control (2-4,D) and newly released chemical control (Milestone, Opensight) methods for control efficacy and economics of control. In addition, the seeding of Hycrest Crested Wheatgrass (2013) and Forage Kochia (2014) studied the suppression of weeds and re-establishment of the non-irrigated test plots. Weeds were monitored during 2015, to determine efficacy and economics of each control method.

Corn Production Trial (2012)

A comprehensive educational/research program was developed to provide information and assistance in growing corn in the local area. An informal curriculum and an on-farm research study was developed, presented and evaluated for this program. The objective of this program was to educate producers on the recommended best management practice for growing corn in Northern Nevada. In addition, provide applied research to determine the best varieties and relative maturities to optimize yields and profitability.

 In April, Foster developed and  presented a two day program on the following topics; Introduction to corn production, Soils/fertility for corn production, Corn growth stages, Corn production best management practices, Corn silage/earlage best management practices and Factors that affect corn yields.

In May, in cooperation with a local producer, corn test plots were planted with 11 different corn varieties and seven different relative maturities. 

 In November, corn test plots were harvested to determine significant differences in yield and moisture content as related to relative maturity days and varieties.

 In December, Foster developed and presented an educational program on the results of the test plots and demonstrate the potential profitability of producing corn as a rotational crop to be integrated in local producer’s alfalfa enterprise production systems.

 
News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
Corn Variety Trial 2012, Pershing County
Alfalfa hay remains by far the most important crop, in terms of both acres harvested and value of production (Foster 2010). Small grains typically are grown for hay and are a rotational crop during the year(s) after an alfalfa field has been removed and when it is replanted.
Foster, S., and Davison, J. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Enterprise Budget, Conventional Alfalfa Hay Pershing County, Nevada
The enterprise budget estimates the typical costs of establishing alfalfa hay in Pershing County, Nev., (specifically in the Lovelock Valley area). It should be used as a guide to estimate costs and returns for conventional alfalfa hay (non Roundup-Ready) establishment and production.
Foster, S. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Enterprise Budget, Corn Production Pershing County, Nevada
An enterprise budget provides the best means to evaluate the potential profitability for a given enterprise or farm income source. Developing an enterprise budget allows an operator to identify typical costs, both variable and fixed, and probable returns associated with the production and marketing of a product.
Foster, S. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Enterprise Budget, Roundup Ready Alfalfa Hay Pershing County, Nevada
Pershing County has approximately 36,900 acres of alfalfa production, with an approximate value of $37 million. (Foster, 2010) It should be used as a guide to estimate costs and returns for RR alfalfa hay establishment and production.
Foster, S. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Russian Knapweed Control Trial 2013-2015, Pershing County
A document of effective ways to maintain and control Russian Knapweed crops.
Foster, S., and Schultz, B. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, PS-16-04

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