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Let’s talk crops! My name is Dr. Megan Taylor. I am the new Extension Educator for crops and water systems in Platte, Boone, and Nance counties. I am proud to be representing Nebraska Extension and I am looking forward to working with local growers. I will be hosting a bi-weekly column focused on the latest crop talk from around the area.

I wanted to take this first column and introduce myself. I am originally from rural Indiana, where I grew up on a small farm. I was active in FFA, 4-H, band, and athletics in my small community.

After graduating high school I went on to study Biology at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. I was a NCAA student athlete in cross country and track and field during my undergraduate career. While at Manchester, I served as a field technician during the summer months.

I scouted 600 acres daily of corn, soybean, wheat, and forage crops in Indiana and Ohio. The three years that I served as a field technician allowed me to learn in depth management practices and gain real world experience. Working and learning directly from growers is what pushed me to attend graduate school.

I earned my Ph.D. in Agronomy from Purdue University this spring. My project primarily focused on the development of switchgrass as a biofuel and forage crop. My project contained genetic, molecular biology, and field level components that allowed me to have broad training in my discipline. While at Purdue, I directly instructed over 150 undergraduate students in soil science and genetics.

I specialize in forages, pasture management, crop physiology, and soil science. I have three years of in-field diagnostic and crop scouting experience in corn, soybean, and wheat. I am very excited to be here in Nebraska and serve Nebraskans within my area.

My ultimate objective is to assist growers of all shapes and sizes to reach their individual goals. I am currently looking for individuals interested in completing on-farm research.

If you are interested in trying something new or want to mix up your management strategies, give me a call. Feel free to stop in and meet me, I am located in the Platte County Extension office or you can give me a call at 402-563-4901 add email too. I may be a Boilermaker by birth, but I am a Husker by choice. See you in two weeks for more crop talk!

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