Steve Melvin - Extension Educator Irrigated Cropping Systems

Steve Melvin

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PO Box 27 1784 Fairgrounds Rd Central City NE 68826-0027
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Husker Harvest Days 2021
Nebraska Extension educators and specialists chat with attendees during the 2021 Husker Harvest Days.

Nebraska Extension is Ready to Meet You at Husker Harvest Days 2022

September 7, 2022
Nebraska Extension educators and specialists will be sharing insights and research on a wide variety of ag topics with attendees during the 2022 Husker Harvest Days.

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Irrigation system

Scheduling the Last Few Irrigations of the Season

August 25, 2022
Factors such as the amount of water a soil can hold, the amount of water a crop will use until it reaches maturity, and the maximum allowable soil water depletion should be considered when deciding the last few irrigations of the season.

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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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Soil water sensor
Figure 1. Early installation of sensors helps to minimize root and leaf damage and makes it easy to get around the field with the pickup or ATV to install the equipment.

Study Reviews Farmer Irrigation Scheduling Tendencies in Central Nebraska

June 15, 2022
While a recent study revealed that irrigators tend to overwater on wetter years, extension experts recommend data-driven decisions for optimizing yields, saving water and lowering cost of production.  

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Drought monitor
As of April 21, 96% of Nebraska was in moderate to extreme drought (D1-D3), resulting in dry soils for many this planting season.

Considerations for Planting into Dry Conditions

April 22, 2022
As planting is critical for everything else that happens during the growing season, the dry conditions have led to a variety of questions this planting season regarding soil conditions, planting depth, irrigation and herbicides.

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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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Pivot irrigation

Scheduling the Last Few Irrigations of the Season Deserves More of Your Management Time Than Earlier Irrigations

August 19, 2021
University of Nebraska irrigation scheduling recommendations encourage irrigators to allow crops to continue using more of the stored soil water starting in August and continuing into September when the crop matures.

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Interseeding tour brochure

Early Season Interseeded Cover Crop Driving Tour June 29, 2021

June 18, 2021
This free tour will provide an opportunity for individuals interested in interseeding cover crops to view interseeded corn and soybean fields at several locations across Nebraska.

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