Irrigation

Distribution of the 1-square-kilometer cells where irrigated land in 2012 exceeded 50 percent of the cell area (blue-green dots) in Nebraska. Pink corresponds to declining annual, while yellow corresponds to declining irrigation-season (May-July) precipitation rates over the 1979-2015 period. The brownish color marks their spatial overlap.

Research Shows Large-Scale Irrigation Reduces Local Precipitation February 28, 2018

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher has shown that widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research.

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Crop Water App

Using the Crop Water App with Watermark Sensors February 8, 2018

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.

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Drop sprinklers on a center-pivot irrigation system in corn
Drop sprinklers on a center-pivot irrigation system in corn

Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 20-21 January 29, 2018

Improved irrigation efficiency, management and regulations, and new technologies will all be addressed at the Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 20-21 in Kansas. Celebrating its 30th year, the conference offers technical and practical information to help farmers manage water resources.

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Crop irrigation
Advances in irrigation will be the focus of a spring seminar series hosted by the university's School of Natural Resources on East Campus.

Spring Lecture Series to Focus on Advances in Irrigation January 12, 2018

Advances in irrigation management will be the focus of a new lecture series being offered this spring at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Industry and university speakers will examine new technologies and options for improving irrigation application and management.

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Center pivot irrigating corn

Chemigation Training Schedule for 2018 January 11, 2018

A number of Nebraska Extension Chemigation Training sessions have been scheduled for growers needing to get their chemigation certification in 2018. Online study and in-person testing is available only for those needing to recertify.

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Pathfinder Dam
Figure 1. Pathfinder dam and reservoir on the North Platte River in central Wyoming. One of three major reservoirs for irrigation water storage and flood control for agricultural operations along the North Platte River in eastern Wyoming and the Panhandle of Nebraska. (Photo by Gary Stone)

North Platte River Surface Irrigation Projects and Power Generation January 8, 2018

An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics on water resources for surface irrigation in the Platte River Valley.

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Economics of Variable Frequency Drives for Irrigation Pumps January 8, 2018

An article from the Proceedings of the 2018 Nebraska Extension Crop Production Clinics summarizes research to evaluate variable frequency drives (VFDs) on center pivots and the most effective placement of the pressure sensor.

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The Department of Biological Systems Engineering on the university's East Campus is home to three newly funded USDA grants advancing the development application of new ag technologies. Chase Hall, home to BSE, is shown on the right with the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory and testing track in the background

Engineering Research Focusing on Next Generation of Ag Technologies November 2, 2017

The next generation of agricultural technologies and systems is the focus of three USDA-funded research projects in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The projects were announced Oct. 17 by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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