Eric Wilkening - Graduate Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering

Lake at sunset

Impact of Irrigation Technologies on Water Use: Clarifying Water Withdrawals and Consumptive Use

January 18, 2023
A new Nebraska Extension NebGuide clarifies the concept of consumptive use of water with regard to irrigated crop production and provides guidelines for determining the efficiency of new irrigation technology.

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Sensors mounted on pivot

Sensors on the Pivot for Automated Irrigation Scheduling in the Great Plains

June 29, 2022
Results of a research project on optimizing irrigation methods by utilizing thermal and multispectral center pivot sensors to gather crop data.

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Irrigation systems aerial view
Figure 1. Center pivot irrigation systems dot the landscape along the South Platte River. On the North Platte River, Lake McConaughy reservoir stores water which is later used for irrigation. (Photo credit: Google Earth)

New Article Traces Aspects of the History of Irrigation in the Great Plains and Water Productivity

March 23, 2022
A review of the history of irrigation in the Great Plains region from a geographical, technical and political perspective, as well as how it has impacted water resources.

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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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