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UNL soils specialist recognized by Great Plains Soil Fertility group

Dr. Gary Hergert (right) receives the Great Plains Soil Fertility Leadership Award from Mike Steward of the Great Plains Soil Fertility conference planning group.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Dr. Gary Hergert, soil and nutrient management specialist at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, has received the Great Plains Soil Fertility Leadership Award.

Hergert was presented the award on March 3 at Denver. The award, given every two years at the Great Plains Soil Fertility conference, recognizes timely and innovative soil fertility related contributions leading to increased profitability for Great Plains Agriculture. He was recognized for soil, nutrient and water management in Great Plains Agriculture.

The award was presented by Mike Steward of San Antonio, Tex., Southern and Central Great Plains Director of the International Plant Nutrition Institute, incoming chair of the Great Plains Soil Fertility conference planning group.

Hergert received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Cornell University in 1975, his master’s degree in agronomy from Colorado State University in 1970, and his bachelor of science in agronomy from Colorado State University in 1967.

At the Panhandle Center, much of his research and extension efforts are focused on improving crop yields through improved nutrient management on high pH western Nebraska soils, including manure management. One area of major emphasis is adapting cropping systems to limited surface and subsurface irrigation supplies for the future.

He also leads research into the long-term effects of beef manure on soils and continuous corn yields at the university’s Knorr-Holden plots east of Mitchell.