Irrigation

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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Screen capture of irrigation scheduling system

View Corn Plots and 7 Demos of Irrigation Scheduling Equipment at Aug. 31 Tour

August 25, 2017
View corn variety plots and demonstrations of seven irrigation scheduling systems at the Aug. 31 Hamilton County Corn Growers Tour. The seven systems have been monitoring the same field throughout the season, providing a unique opportunity for growers to compare how each system manages similar information.

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Center pivot with bad sprinklers

Now's a Great Time to Evaluate Your Irrigation System

August 18, 2017
Take advantage of final crop irrigations this summer to evaluate system performance and identify leaks or problems to fix or aspects to improve over the winter. Taking time now can pay off in improved irrigation efficiency and reduced costs next season.

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Figure 1. Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension irrigation specialist at the West Central REC, shares details of the UNL-TAPS project with some tour participants earlier this summer.

West Cental REC Water and Crops Field Day Aug. 24

August 7, 2017
Learn from growers and researchers testing new ways to maintain or increase crop yields while saving water at the Water and Crops Field Day August 24 in North Platte. University researchers from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado as well as Nebraska will speak on water-efficient crop production.

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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)

Predicting Late-Season Irrigation Needs

August 3, 2017
Given the ups and downs in temperatures this season, crops are likely to mature over a longer period than usual this fall, making it even more important to predict your crop's water needs. The last few irrigations of the season require some of the most important water management decisions of the year.

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Sample CornSoyWater Screen Message

CornSoyWater: Real-Time Aid for Corn and Soybean Irrigation Decisions

July 11, 2017
Use CornSoyWater and its app to monitor soil available water and crop water use and to identify fields where stress is likely occurring or will be occurring within the next three days. The tool is free, user friendly, and can help you monitor fields from a distance.

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Irrigating corn

Tips for Irrigation Scheduling of Corn in the Late Vegetative Stage

June 30, 2017
Corn can sustain moderate water stress during the late vegetative period and may even benefit from it. That's not the case for the critical period from tassel to early grain fill. Using soil water data can help guide your irrigation decisions to maximize your water and energy use to produce crop yield.

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Center pivot irrigation of soybean
The online tool SoyWater can aid in staging crop growth stage of soybeans and scheduling irrigations at the right time for maximum efficiency and impact. ons and make the ones you do apply more efficient.

Using SoyWater to Schedule Irrigation and Monitor Soybean Stages to Guide Decision-Making

June 26, 2017
SoyWater is an online tool that, based on the information you input, can provide timely, field-specific irrigation recommendations to increase irrigation efficiency.

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