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.
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.
Irrigation season is over and winter draws near, making it the perfect time to evaluate and prepare your center pivot for winter. This checklist notes steps to take now to save you time and money next summer, steps that may even help preserve the life of your system.
The Crop Water App developed by Nebraska Extension is an excellent tool for producers using Watermark soil moisture sensors to aid irrigation scheduling. Here is a brief overview of how to use this app in your operation.
Seed selection is one of the first and most important management decisions you make. Consider the factors described here when deciding which corn hybrids and soybean varieties are apt to be top performers under your management and field conditions.
With planting wrapping up across the state, now is an excellent time to install soil water sensors and ETgages. Timely installation is important to gaining the true benefits of sensors: reduced irrigation costs, less nutrient leaching, and reduced chances of overwatering leading to anaerobic soil conditions. Find information on water and economic savings and tips for installing soil moisture sensors and ETgages.
Now is a good time to do a quick evaluation of the pumping plant, well, and center pivot to ensure they are in good working order before you have to rely on them during the heat of the summer. Here are a few quick checks you can do to help ensure a successful irrigation season.