Improving Crop Water Productivity Conference Sept. 18

Improving Crop Water Productivity Conference Sept. 18


8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Ethanol's Role in the Perfect Storm
Matt Stockton, Extension Agricultural Economist, West Central REC
9:00 a.m. Water Pirates of Nebraska
Kent Aden, Assistant Real Estate Administrator, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District
9:30 a.m. Break. View exhibits

10:00 a.m. Tours:

  • Increasing Drought Tolerance of Corn With Skip Row
    Robert Klein, Cropping System Specialist, West Central REC
  • Sprinkler Package Selection and Use
    Dean Yonts, Extension Irrigation Engineer, Panhandle REC
  • Distillers Grains Use and Storage
    Rick Funston, Extension Beef Cattle Reproduction Physiologist, West Central RECAaron Stalker, Extension Beef Range Systems Specialist, West Central REC
12:00 p.m. Lunch. View Exhibits
1:00 p.m. Republican River Compact
Ed Schrock, Farmer and Former State Senator, Elm Creek
1:30 p.m. Pivot Control Panel Technology
Bill Kranz, Extension Irrigation Specialist, Northeast REC
2:00 p.m. UNL West Central REC Update
Don Adams, Director, West Central REC
2:30 p.m. Break.
3:00 p.m. 2007 Nebraska Irrigators Survey & Irrigation Management Strategies
Alan Corr, Extension Educator; Derrel Martin, Extension Irrigation and Water Resources Engineer
3:30 p.m. Drought- Past, Present, and Future
Allen Dutcher, Extension State Climatologist


August 22, 2008

The 4th Annual Great Plains Conference on Improving Crop Water Productivity will be Sept. 18 at the West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte. Conference speakers will address how to get more production from the water available for crop production. Producers will be able to view the results of various practices in the field and hear from key players and policy makers on water issues affecting Nebraska agriculture today and in the future.

Growers will learn how to fine-tune their practices, select crops and systems suited to their farming situations, and will gain valuable information from a broad spectrum of water users. They'll also learn about water legislation that may affect their operations, government policies on limited water cropping practices, and how UNL and government agencies are working to address the state's water issues.


This conference is free but participants are asked to register by Sept. 12 so appropriate plans can be made for meals, resources and meeting space. Those completing a conference evaluation will receive a free CD of the conference proceedings. For more information about the conference, call your local extension office or the West Central Research and Extension Center at (308) 696-6727 or email To preregister send your name, address, and affiliation or business to

Linda Lehmann
West Central REC
402 West State Farm Road
North Platte, NE 69101
FAX: 308-696-6780

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