Chuck Burr - Crops and Water Extension Educator

Chuck Burr Program Focus Areas: Irrigation management, limited irrigation, and cover crops in the West Central District

Winter Wheat Variety Plot Tour June 18 at North Platte

June 11, 2019

Nebraska Extension and the West Central Research and Extension Center will host a Winter Wheat Variety Plot Tour on Tuesday, June 18, at 3 pm. The plots are located on the WCREC Dryland Farm at 8503 S. Dodge Hill Road, North Platte. Stephen Baeziger, UNL wheat breeder and Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair, will be on hand to discuss the various wheat varieties.

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Discussing irrigation management at the annual UNL-TAPS banquet were (L-R): UNL-TAPS competitors Carla McCullough, Roric  Paulman, and Tim Franklin, and Gerald Franklin. (Photo by Amy Kremen)

Central Plains Irrigation Association Conference to Spotlight UNL TAPS

February 7, 2019
Irrigation, water management, and the UNL-TAPS program will be the focus of the Central Plains Irrigation Association (CPIA) Conference in Kearney on February 26-27.

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Attendees under a tent at a previous Water and Crops Field Day

Water and Crops Field Day Aug. 23 in North Platte

August 3, 2018
“Partnering with producers & industry – tackling today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities” is the theme for this educational event focused on innovative and practical crop management solutions.

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Center pivot irrigating corn
Figure 1. Adapting irrigation management strategies to maxmize effciency for crop growth can help farms through periods of extreme weather variability, such as dry periods or droughts. (Photo by Chuck Burr)

Weather Ready Farms: Irrigation Water Management

March 21, 2018
Climate variability, including extended periods of dry conditions and sometimes drought, are common on the Great Plains. When managing under these extreme conditions, irrigators need to understand daily and seasonal crop water use patterns and adopt practices and technology that result in more bushels of grain per inch of water applied.

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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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Figure 1. Water use efficiency in corn production is one dimension of the UNL-TAPS competition being conducted out of the West Central REC.

View Corn Contest Plots at UNL-TAPS Field Tour June 27

June 8, 2017
Learn from some of the most successful corn growers in Nebraska at a June 27 UNL-TAPS field tour and project update at the West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte.

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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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Figure 1. (left) Field pea variety trial in Perkins, one of five field day sites this year.

Field Pea Field Days Scheduled for June at 5 Locations across Nebraska

May 24, 2017
Field day participants will be able to view field pea varieties and learn about rotational benefits and agronomic practices to profitably grow field peas and integrate them with existing cropping systems.

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