A new Nebraska Extension educator for cropping systems will be taking on a unique role in northeast Nebraska.

Jeremy Milander will be working with four natural resource districts to develop an educational program focused on stabilizing nitrate concentrations in the groundwater of the Bazile Groundwater Management Area.  

Milander will be based out of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resource District office, at 1508 Square Turn Boulevard in Norfolk.

The new position feeds two of Milander’s passions: working with farmers and helping protect one of the state’s most valuable natural resources, water.

Milander grew up on his family’s corn and soybean farm near Coleridge. He  received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with specialization in crop production physiology and ecology.

After graduate school he worked at two university research sites as a research technologist. At the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center near Grant, he worked on collaborative wheat management studies and assisted faculty at the West Central Research and Extension Center with farm research projects. He also worked on soil fertility, tillage and cover crops studies at the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord.

“I will be working with a stakeholder group to implement on-farm field demonstrations,” Milander said. “These demonstrations will have irrigation management, nitrogen management, soil health, cover crops and nitrogen inhibitors, and cropping systems components. We hope to use these demonstration sites to research and teach best management practices for reducing nitrate leaching.”

The demonstrations are funded by a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant.

He can be reached at 402-371-7313 or jmilander2@unl.edu.