Irrigation Management Publications from Nebraska Extension
Harvesting Crop Residues, NebGuide G1846
Issues of crop residue harvest, including nutrient removal and effects on erosion, soil quality, water loss, and yield are discussed in this NebGuide.
Irrigation Management and Crop Characteristics of Alfalfa, NebGuide G1778
Alfalfa is relatively drought-tolerant, but irrigation makes it possible to grow high-quality alfalfa in Nebraska.
(PDF version 621 KB; 4 pages)
Irrigation Scheduling: Checkbook Method, Extension Circular 709 (PDF, 696 KB; 9 pages)
Learn how to schedule irrigation based on a checkbook method of water deposits and/or withdrawals.
Irrigating Soybean, NebGuide G1367
Proper irrigation management is critical to optimize both yields and irrigation water resources. Irrigated soybean production in Nebraska encompasses a region with diverse soils and climate and different irrigation management strategies. This NebGuide details irrigation irrigation water management recommendations that accommodate Nebraska's soil, climate and precipitation variability.
(PDF version 673 KB; 4 pages)
Minimum Center Pivot Design Capacities in Nebraska, NebGuide G1851
Factors to consider in choosing an appropriate center pivot design are covered here.
(PDF version 669 KB; 4 pages)
Predicting the Last Irrigation of the Season, NebGuide G1871
This NebGuide presents criteria and "rules of thumb" for predicting the last irrigation of the season for corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, and dry beans.
(PDF version 664 KB; 4 pages)
Using Modified Atmometers (ET gage® ) for Irrigation Management, NebGuide G1579
Describes the atmometer (evapotranspiration gage) and explains how it can be used for irrigation scheduling. Examples are provided to show how information collected with an atmometer can be used to estimate crop water use for corn and soybean.
(PDF version 974 KB; 5 pages)
Watermark Granular Matrix Sensor to Measure Soil Matric Potential for Irrigation Management, EC783 (PDF 530 KB; 8 pages)
Defines soil matric potential and describes principles and operational characteristics of one of the electrical resistance type soil moisture sensors for irrigation management. Examples show how soil matric potential can be used for irrigation management.