Steve Melvin - Extension Educator Irrigated Cropping Systems

Flooded center pivot east of Schuyler (Photo by Aaron Nygren)
Flooded center pivot east of Schuyler (Photo by Aaron Nygren)

Management Recommendations for Irrigation Equipment Affected by Flooding March 25, 2019

As waters drain and soils dry out, part of the recovery process will include checking irrigation systems for damage and performing maintenance/repair before those systems can be used. Here's what to check in your power unit, irrigation well, and center pivot.

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Central Nebraska Cover Crops Conference February 18, 2019

From seeding to innovative methods to incorporate cover crops to grazing options, the Central Nebraska Cover Crops Conference offers the latest information to help Nebraska growers profitably incorporate cover crops into their operation.

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Soil water measuring guage.
Wouldn’t it be great if our crops had a soil water gauge on them like the fuel tank? We could use them to help us directly determine when we need to irrigate and how much water the soil will hold. Soil water monitoring equipment can be the next best thing.

Field Days to Feature Irrigation Scheduling Equipment Demos August 16, 2018

Two field days Aug. 27-28 will feature in-field demonstrations of soil water measuring tools designed to provide growers key data for irrigation management. Five of the systems were installed earlier this summer and users can view and compare data and displays online.

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Center pivot irrigating late season field of corn.
Figure 1. As you try to use stored soil water without wasting any new precipitation, the last few irrigations of the season require some of the most important water management decisions of the year. (Photo by Steve Melvin)

How to Schedule the Last Few Irrigations of the Season August 10, 2018

Final irrigations of the season are some of the most important water management decisions of the year. This guide walks through how to use weather and field information to schedule final irrigations and avoid costly, needless ones.

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In-canopy center pivot sprinkler head entangled in the corn canopy

In-Canopy vs. Above-Canopy Sprinklers: Consider Pros and Cons April 5, 2018

Center pivot sprinkler packages placed in the canopy have some potential to increase the application efficiency of center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems; however, the challenges of achieving acceptable water application uniformities and preventing local runoff are greatly increased. This is the third of a three-part series helping growers consider in-canopy vs. above-canopy sprinkler packages.

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Wetter diameters of various irrigation sprinkler packages

In-Canopy vs. Above-Canopy Sprinklers: Which is Better Suited to Your Field? (Part 2) March 26, 2018

Center-pivot irrigation sprinkler package designs need to account for the specific pivot, the available water supply, and various attributes of the field where the pivot will be installed. Learn what to consider in this second article of a three-part series assessing in-canopy and above-canopy sprinklers and which is best for a given operation.

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Types of water losses from center pivot irrigation
Types of water losses from center pivot irrigation

In-Canopy vs. Above-Canopy Sprinklers: Which is Better Suited to Your Field? March 23, 2018

This is the first of a three-part series on how to decide whether you want to use in-canopy sprinklers or sprinklers at truss rod height or above on a center pivot. Part 1 addresses water losses from a center pivot and when to replace an existing sprinkler package.

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Center pivot irrigation
The Center Pivot Irrigation Handbook,published by Nebraska Extension, offers detailed information to growers improve the energy and water application efficiencies of their irrigation systems.

Center Pivot Handbook a Comprehensive Guide for Growers March 23, 2018

Center pivot irrigation now accounts for approximately 85% of the irrigated land in Nebraska. To help growers manage and get the most from their system, Nebraska Extension has published the Center Pivot Irrigation Handbook, a 134-page comprehensive guide.

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