Chuck Burr - Crops and Water Extension Educator

Chuck Burr

402 W State Farm Rd North Platte NE 69101-7751
Work 308-696-6783 On campus, dial 7-6783
Program Focus Areas: Irrigation management, limited irrigation, and cover crops in the West Central District
Hard red spring wheat field
Hard red spring wheat grown at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center, Grant, Nebraska in 2021.

Hard Red Spring Wheat Water Use

March 9, 2022
This study looked at water consumption (evapotranspiration), productivity and protein content of hard red spring wheat, a viable option when winter wheat experiences injury or low productivity.

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center pivot irrigating late season corn

Scheduling the Last Irrigation of the Season

August 26, 2020
Usually by mid to late August, corn and soybeans have progressed enough in maturity that we have a good handle on how much water it will take to finish the crop out. So just how much water do we need to finish out the growing season?

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watermark sensors installed in a corn field

Crop Insurance and Irrigating Storm Damaged Fields

July 16, 2020
With recent storm damage, the following are resources and considerations when it comes to crop insurance and irrigating storm damaged fields.

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Common Problems Regarding Center Pivot Operating Pressure and Uniformity

January 22, 2020
Pivots operating below or above the designed water pressure can create uniformity issues across fields and/or increase operating expenses.

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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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