Irrigation

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Market Journal Goes to Extension's Weed School November 30, 2018

Market Journal visited Nebraska Extension's Weed Science School this fall to talk with speakers about leading weed management issues. Other topics this week include the Nebraska Farm Bureau, winterizing your irrigation system, and the forecast for next week.

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IANR's Growing Focuses on Water Stewardship, Research November 30, 2018

The fall 2018 issue of IANR's Growing magazine focuses on water stewardship, Nebraska's long history of irrigation development, and a new study of potential links between irrigation, cloud formation, and rainfall.

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Multi-state map of counties showing agricultural value of irrigation water per acre ($/ac) in 2007.

Cornhusker Economics: Putting a Dollar Value on Irrigation in the High Plains November 14, 2018

The extra agricultural production from irrigation across the High Plains Aquifer (HPA) was worth about $3.5 billion in 2007, $2 billion of which was produced in Nebraska. This research analyzed annual crop production and weather information for 1960 to 2007 for each of the 205 counties overlying the HPA.

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Pivot Irrigation
Winterizing your center pivot irrigation system, performing maintenance, and taking security precautions can all help ensure a good start to the next irrigation season.

Checklist for Winterizing Your Center Pivot November 8, 2018

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.

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SDI Irrigation at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Figure 1. An aerial view of the plot at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center where the Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) system has been installed. The field is in the upper half of the photo and irregular in shape. The circular shape of the previous field, which was irrigated by a small center-pivot system, is still visible. (Photo by Xin Qiao)

Subsurface Drip Irrigation Being Tested at Panhandle Center November 2, 2018

A state-of-the-art subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system has been installed at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff and this summer was tested under production of great northern beans.

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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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Pie chart showing entities responsible for maintaining irrigation systems as part of cash leases

2018 Cash Lease Adjustments on Irrigation Equipment for Cropland Rental Arrangements in Nebraska August 16, 2018

How are landlords and tenants managing the costs for irrigation systems as part of their cash lease arrangements? Using data from the 2017-2018 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Survey, ag economists explore the options and discounts reported in this Cornhusker Economics.

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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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