Irrigation

Growers and industry represenatives gather at the kick-off gathering for the 2019 UNL-TAPS competitions

UNL-TAPS Participation Increasing in 2019 April 3, 2019

Over 100 participants in 49 teams will be competing in this year's UNL-TAPS competitions for irrigated corn, irrigated sorghum, and Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI). Based on program success in the first three years, Oklahoma State University has started OSU-TAPS.

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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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Chart of grain yield and crop water use efficiency for chickpeas and field peas under dryland, deficit, and full irrigation.

Yield and Water Use of Field Peas and Chickpeas Under Irrigation March 21, 2019

This study, conducted in southwest Nebraska, investigated the feasibility of field pea and chickpea production under irrigation and evaluated their potential for water conservation in irrigated cropping systems.

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Discussing irrigation management at the annual UNL-TAPS banquet were (L-R): UNL-TAPS competitors Carla McCullough, Roric  Paulman, and Tim Franklin, and Gerald Franklin. (Photo by Amy Kremen)

Central Plains Irrigation Association Conference to Spotlight UNL TAPS February 7, 2019

Irrigation, water management, and the UNL-TAPS program will be the focus of the Central Plains Irrigation Association (CPIA) Conference in Kearney on February 26-27.

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Market Journal video cover

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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Cover of the UNL IANR Growing magazine

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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