Dr. Elmore is a cropping systems agronomist. He researches and extends information on corn and soybean development and growth, cropping systems and the impacts of cover crops in those systems. His students are farmers and crop consultants and his classrooms are corn and soybean fields.
Elmore is a University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy and horticulture professor, former Heuermann Chair, a Nebraska Extension cropping systems specialist, Water for Food Daugherty Global Institute Faculty Fellow, and former interim associate department head. He spent his entire career addressing agronomic issues relevant to the immediate needs of crop producers providing research information that is science-based, timely, and relevant to diverse audiences. He has a long history of applied crop production research and extension programs focused on maintaining or increasing crop production, profitability, and water use efficiency by seeking and demonstrating environmentally sound production practices. His focus is on research and developing, teaching and extending timely and pertinent crop management information for farmers, agribusiness, extension personnel and students. His most significant research contributions have centered on evaluating corn growth and yield response to extreme weather events. He co-led a cover crop research project supported by the Nebraska Soybean Board and the Nebraska Corn Board.
He has served as a consultant for various organizations around the globe and has worked on projects in Ghana, China, Argentina and Puerto Rico. He was employed with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for 24 years before spending nearly nine years as a corn extension specialist at Iowa State University where he lead development of the “Corn growth and development” extension publication — one of his most important extension contributions to date. He returned to Nebraska in 2014 as a cropping systems agronomist. Elmore believes in the synergism of effective teams and has been able to develop and deliver effective state, regional, national and international programs.