UNL CropWatch Feb. 7, 2011 Center Pivot Water Conservation Meetings Continue Feb. 15

UNL CropWatch Feb. 7, 2011 Center Pivot Water Conservation Meetings Continue Feb. 15

Feb. 7, 2011

If you're interested in reducing your irrigation expenses and increasing the efficiency of your center pivot, you'll be interested in UNL's Center Pivot Water Conservation Project and a Feb. 15 meeting in Hastings.  Previous Pivot Project attendees reported reducing their pumping by 2 inches and saving $8.40 an acre.

Pivot Project Meeting

Feb. 15 — Hastings
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds
Preregister by Feb. 8 by calling (308) 995-4222.

Center Pivot Water Conservation Project

This project is designed to help you:

  • Manage your pivot to get the greatest efficiency possible.
  • Use technology to remotely operate your pivot.
  • Reduce fuel costs by monitoring your pumping plant performance.
  • Enhance the return from a limited water supply.
  • Manage your pivot to protect groundwater quality.

The next Pivot Project Meeting will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings.

The goal of this three-year project is to maximize the benefit of a constrained water supply by helping irrigators apply water more efficiently. The project is being conducted statewide with special emphasis on the Republican River and Platte River basins upstream of Kearney.

Meeting topics include:

  • Selecting Sprinkler Packages
  • Irrigation Pump Evaluation
  • Nebraska Ag Water Management Demonstration Network
  • Water Optimizer
  • Factors Affecting Crop Water Use
  • Consumptive Water Use
  • Using Technology to Manage Pivots in the Future
  • Evaluation and Management of Center Pivots for High Efficiency
  • Deficit Irrigation

Preregistration

To preregister contact Chuck Burr, Extension educator in Phelps County, at (308) 995-4222.