Chuck Burr - Crops and Water Extension Educator

Chuck Burr

(faculty)
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402 W State Farm Rd North Platte NE 69101-7751
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Work 308-696-6783 On-campus 7-6783
Program Focus Areas: Irrigation management, limited irrigation, and cover crops in the West Central District
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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Field pea

Field Pea Seeding Rates, Seeding Depth, and Inoculant March 13, 2017

Grain-type field peas are a cool season grain crop grown as an alternative for no-till summer fallow in a semiarid cereal-based cropping systems such as wheat-corn-fallow and/or wheat-fallow. They are typically planted in mid-March and harvested late-July. This article reports on research conducted on seeding practices and offers recommendations for producers on the economically optimal seeding rate, seeding depth, and inoculant to grow field peas in western Nebraska.

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field pea comparison
Figure 1. Comparison of water use of two systems -- summer fallow and field peas -- between March 27 and July 20. (Photos by Stranhinja Stepanovic)

Field Pea Production: Rotational Costs and Benefits March 10, 2017

Research findings show benefits in soil nutrient cycling, water infiltration, and microbial activity from replacing fallow with grain-type field peas in a wheat-fallow rotation in western Nebraska.

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