Irrigation and Water Management for Corn
With rising fuel prices and efforts to more efficiently utilize water for crop production, UNL Extension is working hard to help producers more effectively and efficiently use water resources while maintaining high crop yields. This page contains UNL Extension resources related to corn water and irrigation management.
Deficit Irrigation Information
The above link provides information on deficit irrigation and using the Water Optimizer tool developed by UNL.
Irrigation Management for Corn This publication discusses corn irrigation management strategies options and objectives.
Plant Growth and Yield as Affected by Wet Soil Conditions Due to Flooding or Over-Irrigation This NebGuide discusses how wet soil conditions caused by flooding or over-irrigation can damage crops, reduce yields, and contribute to groundwater contamination. Adopting proper irrigation management strategies can limit negative impacts.
Predicting the Last Irrigation of the Season This NebGuide presents criteria and "rules of thumb" for predicting the last irrigation of the season for corn, grain sorghum, soybeans and dry beans.
Average net irrigation needs across the sate of Nebraska vary from 6" or less in eastern Nebraska to 14" in western Nebraska.
Estimated corn water needs for each stage of growth can be seen in table I of the NebGuide listed above. Daily water use estimates can vary greatly across the state, and from year to year making average water use rates just that estimates.
Agricultural water users can optimize water use efficiency and protect the quality of water resources by applying basic information about irrigation systems, crop water use and management practices. For optimum water use efficiency and profitability, producers need to monitor rainfall, soil moisture and crop water uses and utilize cropping systems like no-till or reduced tillage to capture and retain as much precipitation as possible.
For more information regarding irrigation resources, please go to the following links provided below from the UNL Water Web site at: http://water.unl.edu.
Producers working with UNL Extension and local Natural Resources Districts in irrigation management are saving an average of 1.6" of water/year! Find out more about the Nebraska Ag Water Management Demonstration Network and how you, too, can save water and energy in your operation!