Panhandle Research and Extension Center

Update on Irrigation Tunnel Repairs Affecting Growers in Nebraska and Wyoming

December 17, 2019
Following a visit from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s top official, twp irrigation districts in the North Platte Valley have selected repair and upgrade options for three tunnels along the main supply canal.

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UNL Partners with Panhandle Farm to Research Hemp

December 12, 2019
The Panhandle Research and Extension Center has embarked on a partnership with a family farm corporation in Scotts Bluff County to research various aspects of growing industrial hemp for seed production in the Panhandle.

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Irrigation District staff lay down a fabric mat to reduce erosion of excavated soil.

Permanent Repairs Set for Tunnels on Wyoming-Nebraska Irrigation Canal

November 20, 2019
Irrigation Districts serving eastern Wyoming-western Nebraska growers are moving forward with plans to repair tunnels along the 129-mile irrigation canal.

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Water is flowing again at the tunnel entrance on the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal
The Goshen/Gering-Ft Laramie irrigation canal is again supplying water to growers in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Update on North Platte River Valley Canal Irrigation System

September 13, 2019
With a preliminary fix in place for the Goshen/Gering-Ft Laramie irrigation canal, irrigation district and government officials are now looking at the next steps for ensuring the whole canal can be a consistent source of water for upcoming cropping seasons.

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Water is flowing again in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal
Water is flowing again in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal and tunnel

Water Flowing Again in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal

August 30, 2019
Water began flowing in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen irrigation canal early Aug. 28 for the first time in about six weeks. Repairs to a canal tunnel are enough to allow water flow, but likely are not permanent. Our story includes a slideshow and three time-lapse videos of crops growing in the affected area.

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Winter wheat stubble without a herbicide treatment in the growing crop.

Looking Back on the 2019 Wheat Crop in Western Nebraska

August 30, 2019
Ideal temperatures, good moisture, and low disease pressure were the perfect conditions to achieve high winter wheat yields across much of southwest, west central, and the Panhandle of Nebraska with several counties averaging over 100 bu/ac.

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Wheat stem sawfly adult

Management Decisions Impact Wheat Stem Sawfly Populations

August 30, 2019
University research in the Nebraska Panhandle suggests that changing two management strategies may help significantly reduce wheat stem sawfly pressure in winter wheat. Over the years, the sawfly has become a major pest in wheat with few known control measures.

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Sorghum field trial near Gordon
Figure 1. Check out sorghum field trials and visit with researchers about their findings and the potential for growing sorghum in the Panhandle at a Sept. 5 Field Day near Gordon.

Grain Sorghum Field Day Near Gordon Sept. 5

August 29, 2019
Research on sorghum varieties, production methods, and the crop’s potential for the Panhandle will be the focus of a Nebraska Extension Grain Sorghum Field Day Sept. 5 near Gordon.

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