July 12, 2013
Using SoyWater to Schedule Irrigations and Agronomic Practices
For more information about irrigating soybeans and using SoyWater, check out these CropWatch stories:
With soybean irrigation season quickly approaching, this is a good time to start using SoyWater. This easy to use irrigation management tool was developed by UNL to help you schedule your irrigations and other practices for optimal efficiency for the crop growth stage. Currently, it has 800 users.
SoyWater can help you determine how much water your field needs and when it needs it, eliminating unnecessary irrigation events. An acre-inch of water applied is equivalent to 27,154 gallons of water. Thus, saving one unnecessary one-inch irrigation event could save you 5,424,800 gallons of water on a 200-acre pivot. Moreover, you would also save pumping energy cost and time. Such savings would allow you to optimize your input use efficiency (bushels per acre per inch of water applied or energy used).
You input information about your crop and precipitation events and soywater helps you track crop growth and crop water needs, based on current climate data that's automatically updated daily. Soywater provides easy to follow information in tables and graphs that show growth stage and soil moisture for your field across the season, helping you determine just the right time for irrigation or for pest management practices tied to plant growth stage.
It's easy to register for and starting using SoyWater. To get started you'll need to input (and keep a record of) the information listed below. An activation code will then be emailed to you so you can start using it. An earlier CropWatch story takes you step-by-step through the information entry process.
Research Assistant Professor
Biological Systems Engineering
Francis and Dorothy Haskins & Charles E Bessey Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture
Key Information to Register for SoyWater
|Required Information||Example||Notes and Recommendations|
|First Name||Jane||SoyWater will remember you!|
|Email Addressfirstname.lastname@example.org||Use a valid email address. A 4-digit activation code will be sent to you.|
|Confirm Email Addressemail@example.com|
|Login Name||jdt123||First, middle, last name initials + 3-digit number (Remember these!)|
|Password||4721181||Your home phone number is a good password for easy remembrance, but do not use dashes or spaces in your password.|