Watermark sensor installed in corn
Figure 1. Early installation of Watermark sensors minimizes root damage and allows the sensor time to acclimate with the soil.

Irrigation Sensor Installation Tips May 26, 2016

As planting progresses across the state, it is recommended that irrigators start installing water sensors in fields as time allows. Any time sensors are installed, a few simple questions should be addressed to ensure accurate readings for irrigation management later this season.

1)  When should sensors be installed?

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ETgage in a soybean field
Figure 1. ETgage installed near soybean field

Atmometer (ETgage) Installation Tips May 26, 2016

ETgages estimate potential crop evapotransiration, allowing growers to track crop water use and apply irrigation more precisely when the crop can best use it. Learn about how to prepare and install ETgages and use the resulting data. Includes table of crop coefficients for corn, soybean, and wheat.

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North Platte River Basin Water Update May 18, 2016

A collaboration of management agencies is closely monitoring the situation as reservoirs on the North Platte River in Wyoming fill and water is released. Flooding is likely in an area along the river in western Nebraska for several weeks to several months. Minor to moderate lowland flooding is occurring along the North Platte River from Lewellen west into southeastern Wyoming and will continue for several weeks or months. The areas affected are primarily the river bottom, mostly pasture but some cropland and homes.

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Pathfinder Reservoir Dam Overflow photo by Gary Stone
Pathfinder Reservoir Dam Overflow photo by Gary Stone

North Platte River Basin Water Update May 4, 2016

Recent storms rolling through southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle have brought considerable moisture to the North Platte River Basin. The typical time for runoff/snowmelt in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountains in southeastern Wyoming is mid-April; however, this year it was delayed several weeks and is just starting.

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North Platte Water Carryover Up from 2015 April 20, 2016

The US Bureau of Reclamation presented their North Platte River water update and forecast of water operations for the 2016 season at a recent meeting at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

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Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 23-24 in Kearney February 8, 2016

Experts in irrigation water management and water resource issues will be speaking at the 28th annual Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition Feb. 23-24 in Kearney. The meeting, hosted by Nebraska Extension in collaboration with Kansas State University and Colorado State University, will be held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

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