Gary Stone - Extension Educator

Loren Giesler

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4502 Ave I Scottsbluff NE 69361-4939
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icon-academic-capEducation

  • MS, University of Nebraska, 1977
  • BS, University of Wyoming, 1976
  • Other, Nebraska State Irrigation Association, 2013

icon-keynotePresentations

  • Cheatgrass Challenge Management , University of Wyoming, SAREC, Lingle, WY

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Harold E Alley Award, Wyoming Weed & Pest Council, 2002
  • The Chester I. Walters “Extra Mile” Award, Nebraska Extension, 2016
  • Nebraska Extension Excellnce in Extension Team Award, Nebraska Extension, 2020
  • Wyoming Stock Growers Associatoin Environmental Stewardship Award Upper North Platte River Weed Management Area, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 2015

Area of Responsibility: UNL Panhandle Research & Extension District
Program Responsibilities: Water management (crops and urban), horticultural topics, and some cropping systems
Nebraska Extension Teams: Resistant and Invasive Pests and Efficient Water Use

Crop Reports

Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie canal collage
Tunnel No. 1 on the Goshen-Gering-Fort Laramie main canal, inside and out, in 2021: (Left) The “ribs” for support and the metal sheeting installed to improve water flow and decrease water turbulence. (Right top) Water flowing into Tunnel No. 1 during the 2021 irrigation season. (Right bottom) Tunnel No. 1 in the fall, when there is no water in the canal.

Update on the 2019 Tunnel Collapse and Canal Washout and 2021 Irrigation Season

October 19, 2021
Water flow through the tunnels were returned to 97% of capacity this summer, resulting in near normal water deliveries by the three major irrigation districts in the North Platte Valley during the 2021 growing season.

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Harvesting dry edible beans
Dry edible bean harvest by undercutting the bean plant roots and placing cut plants in a windrow. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Dry Edible Bean Harvest Underway in the Panhandle

September 14, 2021
The overall crop in the region looks very good, despite severe weather and some hail earlier in the year across the growing region.

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Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie supply canal Tunnel No. 1
Image 1. Irrigation water flows through Tunnel No. 1 on the Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie supply canal in 2021.

Update on 2019 Tunnel Collapse and Canal Washout, Irrigation Water Outlook for 2021

July 13, 2021
Water deliveries by the four major irrigation districts (Pathfinder, Gering-Fort Laramie, Goshen and Farmers) are expected to be near normal. The districts hope to deliver water to growers through the first week in September.

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Smith Falls
Smith Falls on the Niobrara River, Cherry County, Nebraska. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 6, Sharing Water with Other States and Water Use within the State

May 11, 2021
In the final installment of the series, Extension Educator Gary Stone discusses laws and regulations that govern water sharing between states.

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Furrow irrigation in a field
Furrow irrigation using gated pipe in a field of dry edible beans in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. Scotts Bluff National Monument is in the background. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 5, More Groundwater — Wells

April 29, 2021
Part 5 of Extension Educator Gary Stone's series on Water Law reviews the concepts and legal doctrines that are used to regulate use of groundwater wells and resolve conflicts between well users.

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Center pivot irrigation
Center pivot irrigation in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 4, Groundwater Terms and Definitions

April 15, 2021
Part 4 of the Water Law series reviews groundwater terms and definitions, including a brief review on the different types of aquifers — an important aspect of groundwater for Nebraska due to the Ogallala/High Plains aquifer.  

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Niobrara River
Niobrara River near Valentine, Nebraska. (Photo credit: Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 3, Surface Water Administration Terms and Definitions

March 31, 2021
In this third installment of the Water Law series, Gary Stone reviews terms and definitions used in administering surface-water rights.

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Water flows into spillway from Pathfinder Reservoir
Water from Pathfinder Reservoir on the North Platte River near Casper, Wyoming, is sent over the overflow spillway. Water is spilled occasionally when snowmelt runoff from the mountains above Pathfinder becomes too great to store in the reservoir. (Photo credit: Gary Stone)

Water Law 101: Part 2, Other Water Rights

March 17, 2021
In part two of the Water Law series, Extension Educator Gary Stone continues discussion on other types of water rights, such as diversion of water, and how water use is regulated and adjudicated.

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