A new federally funded, multi-state research project aims to bridge the gap between data-collection in the field, modeling, and decision-making so crop producers can more easily decide whether to irrigate. The project could help growers save financial and water resources.
Nebraska groundwater levels generally continued to rise in the areas most affected by the 2012 drought, although there were exceptions, according to the 2018 Nebraska Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report.
Based on tests in 5,200 water wells across the state, Nebraska has seen a modest decline in groundwater levels in the last five years. A new university report tracks well levels in 1-year, 5-year, 10-year, and pre-irrigation increments to identify trends.
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher has shown that widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research.
The High Plains Regional Climate Center quietly turned 30 this year, while it continued to collect and make available a host of climate data, organized and taught numerous climate training workshops and answered hundreds of consumer calls.
UNL Professor Wayne Woldt looks at opportunities for using unmanned aircraft in agriculture and receives the Presidential Citation from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The series looks at UAS (drones) and their potential uses in agriculture, as well as challenges, rules and regulations.