Irrigation Management Update/Podcast for Eastern Nebraska - UNL CropWatch, July 12, 2011

Irrigation Management Update/Podcast for Eastern Nebraska - UNL CropWatch, July 12, 2011

 NE Soybean field July 11, 2011

Jerry Stahr of York completes a herbicide application on his soybean field. This is one of the fields being monitored by the author for soil water use and irrigation management.  (Photos by Gary Zoubek)

July 12, 2011

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UNL Extension Educator Gary Zoubek in field corn 7/11/2011

With warmer days corn continued to shoot up, going from waist high to a foot over the author's head in just two weeks.

This is the sixth in a series of weekly podcasts by Exension Educator Gary Zoubek on the use of ETgages and water sensors to improve irrigation management.

Warm, humid conditions continued this past week and are predicted for the coming week. We received from .59 inches of rain at the ARDC near Mead to between 2.9 and 4.0 inches of rain in the York area. The ETgages in the Mead and York areas dropped an average of 1.3 inches for the week compared to the 1.6 inches last week!

High temperatures for the week varied from 86° F to nearly 94° F with humidities even higher than last week ranging from 77% to 89%  and averaging more than 83%. A check of the soil water sensors in the York area indicates that soil water in the top three feet of the fields being monitored has increased slightly from last week and other than the top foot is at or above field capacity. The fields near the ARDC are fine sandy loam so we’ll start irrigating them today or tomorrow unless it rains.

Hear more in the podcast (above) or view the podcast  transcript.

Catch up with Previous Podcasts

This is the sixth in a series of irrigation management podcasts for eastern Nebraska from Gary Zoubek.  Also see:

Gary Zoubek
Extension Educator, York County


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