Boone McAfee, left, Nebraska Corn Board director of research, presents the award for greatest grain yield (corn) to a team from Perkins County, from left, Ted Tietjen, Shawn Turner and Troy Kemling. (Coutesy photo)

Extension Educator Chuck Burr, left, presents the award for top sorghum yield to Slater Chandler from Imperial. (Courtesy photo)

Local producers win awards in UNL farm management contest

Two teams from the Upper Republican Natural Resources District earned top awards in the 2018 UNL-TAPS (University of Nebraska Lincoln Testing Ag Performance Solutions) program. 

The Perkins County group  made up of producers from the Grant area won the highest grain yield designation in the corn competition and Slater Chandler of Imperial earned the highest grain yield award in the sorghum contest.

The UNL-TAPS program is an interactive farm management competition bringing together scientists, producers, industry professionals, students and more to promote efficiency and profitability. 

The competition, developed by UNL research and extension specialists and educators, just completed its second year and is preparing to begin its third. 

Rather than a typical learning environment, participants interact in the real life farm management competitions administered in North Platte.

In 2018, the competition expanded from a pilot sprinkler irrigated corn program to also include a sprinkler irrigated sorghum competition. 

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