UNL Irrigation Costs App

The second of 4 UNL Water Apps that we are going to cover is the Irrigate Cost App.  This App will help the grower compute the annualized cost of owning and operating and a irrigation system.

IrrigateCostThis App has the functionality to calculate costs for either a gated pipe system or center pivot irrigation system.  When that choice is made a grower can then select the fuel type that the system is using. Continue reading

UNL Crop Water App

The Crop Water App was developed at the request of the Nebraska Ag Water Management Network (NAWMN) participants.  Water AppsThis App provides irrigators a way to estimate soil water status when used with Watermark sensors.   It will calculate the amount of water that is available to the plant in the soil profile.  Continue reading

UNL Water Apps

UNL has developed 4 irrigation/water apps for various mobile platforms that can aid producers in more effectively managing irrigation.  They are:

  • Crop Water
  • Agricultural Irrigation Costs
  • Irrigation Pumping Plant Efficiency Calculator
  • Water Meter Calculator

Over the course of the next week, I will be going over each of them individually.

Center Pivot Irrigation Management-Short Course

We have a Center Pivot Irrigation Management Short Course that is being offered on February 11th, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the 4-H Building on the Merrick County Fairgrounds in Central City, NE.

Pivot Irrigation

Pivot Irrigation

The topics for this program will include:

  • Performance of center piovts
  • Soil water management
  • Matching sprinklers to soils
  • Sprinkler package selection
  • Minimizing pumping costs
  • Estimating crop water use/water balance
  • Consumptive use/limited irrigation
  • Center pivot technology and variable rate irrigation
  • Center pivot management

There is no cost to attend these short courses however participants are asked to register so we have adequate materials and meals.

tingram5@unl.edu or 308-946-3843

Look forward to seeing you there!

Harvest 2014

Another growing season is finally coming to an end.  This past year has been another  interesting one.  It started off with very cold temperatures in May, some below freezing.  Huge hail storms and rain in June swept across areas of the state, leaving devastated fields behind.

Hailed Corn 3 June, 2014

Hailed Corn 3 June, 2014

Overturned Pivot 3 June, 2014

Overturned Pivot 3 June, 2014

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Early Frost

I didn’t really expect this to happen as the forecast was showing a low of 34º F on Friday night.  But Mother Nature seems to always have the last laugh.  It was really patchy, but a lot of growers across the State got bit.

My soybeans after an early frost. Located in NW Greeley County, NE

What can you expect after an early frost?  Well hopefully it was just the leaves that were damaged.  In this case you may just loose a little yield off the top.  If the stem or stalk was killed by the freeze then you could run into a few more issues.  Here is a link to additional information from UNL Cropwatch.



September 2 Crop Tour

I spent the afternoon running my regular route through the County to check on the status of crops.  Things seem to be progressing even though we have had below normal temperatures this past month.  Central City has also received ~ 4.5 inches of precipitation in the past 2 weeks. ET has averaged 0.12″ per day, which is also below what we would expect for late August, early September.

All the moisture that we have had the past two weeks has also made it a challenge to get hay put up .  Depending on if you beat the rain you may or may not be finished with third cutting.

3rd Cutting Alfalfa, NE Merrick County

3rd Cutting Alfalfa, NE Merrick County

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This blog will be used as a tool to distribute timely and relevant agricultural information to producers in Central Nebraska.  Look for crop reports throughout the growing season.

Pasture in NW Greeley County, Nebraska (Photo by TIngram)