Irrigation

Snowy Moutain Range in Wyoming
Figure 1. Old Main peak in the Snowy Mountain range in south-central Wyoming. (Photos by Gary Stone)

North Platte River Basin Water Update June 1, 2017

After good precipitation over the winter and spring, most of the reservoirs in the North Platte River basin in Wyoming are at or near capacity with more snowmelt/runoff still expected.

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Center pivot irrigation

Nebraska Researchers on Multi-State Team to Study Psychology of Water Use May 17, 2017

Six University of Nebraska researchers will join colleagues at Penn State University, Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) to develop a model for engaging communities and stakeholders around issues of sustainable water use. The project will help us better understand how farmers and other water users get information and make decisions about water usage in agriculture.

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Center pivot irrigation
Registration is open until April 20 for a two-day national irrigation academy for ag educators. It will be held in Grand Island in June.

Registration Open for National Irrigation Academy for Educators March 31, 2017

Ag educators can learn about irrigation systems and related teaching curriculum at the 2017 Irrigation Agriculture Faculty Academy. The national conference, sponsored by the national Irrigation Foundation, will be held in Grand Island June 8-9.

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Pre-Season Alfalfa Irrigation May be Advisable March 23, 2017

With low soil moisture levels in many areas of the state, early spring often is the best time to irrigate alfalfa. A good goal would be to have at least six feet of soil at field capacity at first cutting. Irrigating now also helps build a reserve water source to encourage deeper rooting.

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CornSoyWater graphic
CornSoyWater graphic

CornSoyWater: An Online App to Aid in Irrigation Management December 16, 2016

Traditional irrigation decision-making relies heavily on experience and requires frequent visits to the field. The process is time consuming and labor demanding, while the results are not quantitative and prone to error.

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Mehmet Can Vuran (left) and Suat Irmak have earned a $450,000 NSF grant to develop a second generation of underground sensor technology.
Mehmet Can Vuran (left) and Suat Irmak have earned a $450,000 NSF grant to develop a second generation of underground sensor technology.

UNL Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Develop Next Generation Soil Sensors September 2, 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers have received a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a second generation of underground sensor technology to automate decision-making for crop irrigation.

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