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Grant to Help Nebraska Corn and Wheat Growers Manage Nitrogen

Nebraska Extension’s On-Farm Research Network received a $1.2 million On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials grant to help farmers manage nitrogen and prevent excess nitrates from contaminating state waters. Corn and wheat growers will use new technologies such as imagery, sensors, and models to help identify the precise amount of nitrogen crops need. The grant will fund 40 trials a year for three years, and EQIP-eligible farmers can apply to participate. On-Farm Research Network coordinator Laura Thompson explained, “One of our goals is to help farmers get exposure to these technologies in their own operations. This will help them determine if these technologies are a good fit for them and if they should adopt them in their operations.”