Irrigation

Figure 1. Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension irrigation specialist at the West Central REC, shares details of the UNL-TAPS project with some tour participants earlier this summer.

West Cental REC Water and Crops Field Day Aug. 24 August 7, 2017

Learn from growers and researchers testing new ways to maintain or increase crop yields while saving water at the Water and Crops Field Day August 24 in North Platte. University researchers from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado as well as Nebraska will speak on water-efficient crop production.

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Figure 1. As you try to use stored soil water without wasting any new precipitation, the last few irrigations of the season require some of the most important water management decisions of the year. (Photo by Steve Melvin)

Predicting Late-Season Irrigation Needs August 3, 2017

Given the ups and downs in temperatures this season, crops are likely to mature over a longer period than usual this fall, making it even more important to predict your crop's water needs. The last few irrigations of the season require some of the most important water management decisions of the year.

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Sample CornSoyWater Screen Message

CornSoyWater: Real-Time Aid for Corn and Soybean Irrigation Decisions July 11, 2017

Use CornSoyWater and its app to monitor soil available water and crop water use and to identify fields where stress is likely occurring or will be occurring within the next three days. The tool is free, user friendly, and can help you monitor fields from a distance.

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Irrigating corn

Tips for Irrigation Scheduling of Corn in the Late Vegetative Stage June 30, 2017

Corn can sustain moderate water stress during the late vegetative period and may even benefit from it. That's not the case for the critical period from tassel to early grain fill. Using soil water data can help guide your irrigation decisions to maximize your water and energy use to produce crop yield.

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Center pivot irrigation of soybean
The online tool SoyWater can aid in staging crop growth stage of soybeans and scheduling irrigations at the right time for maximum efficiency and impact. ons and make the ones you do apply more efficient.

Using SoyWater to Schedule Irrigation and Monitor Soybean Stages to Guide Decision-Making June 26, 2017

SoyWater is an online tool that, based on the information you input, can provide timely, field-specific irrigation recommendations to increase irrigation efficiency.

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center pivot irrigation

How Much Irrigation is Needed on Corn in the Vegetative Growth Stage? June 16, 2017

Strategies to time crop irrigation for maximum effectiveness suggest delaying irrigation until the critical reproductive growth stages will most benefit yield. This will also help reduce the potential for nitrate leaching.

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IrrigateCost Screen showing savings

Value of Using Sensors to Manage Irrigation and Tips for Proper Installation June 8, 2017

With planting wrapping up across the state, now is an excellent time to install soil water sensors and ETgages. Timely installation is important to gaining the true benefits of sensors: reduced irrigation costs, less nutrient leaching, and reduced chances of overwatering leading to anaerobic soil conditions. Find information on water and economic savings and tips for installing soil moisture sensors and ETgages.

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Irrigation center pivot

Is Your Irrigation System Ready for the Season? June 7, 2017

Now is a good time to do a quick evaluation of the pumping plant, well, and center pivot to ensure they are in good working order before you have to rely on them during the heat of the summer. Here are a few quick checks you can do to help ensure a successful irrigation season.

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