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.
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.
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.
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.