Derek Heeren - Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering

Derek Heeren - Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering

New Article Traces Aspects of the History of Irrigation in the Great Plains and Water Productivity

Center pivot irrigation systems dot the landscape along the South Platte River in Western Nebraska
A recent article by Dr. Steve Evett and others traces the history of irrigation in the Great Plains region from a geographical, technical, and political perspective as well as how it has impacted the water resources

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Now is the Time of Year to Check Pivot Performance

center pivot

Derek M. Heeren1, Associate Professor and Water for Food Global Institute Faculty Fellow

Steven R. Melvin2, Extension Educator

Aaron Nygren3, Associate Extension Educator

Eric Wilkening1, Undergraduate Research Assistant


1 Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Problems Regarding Operating Pressure & Uniformity

Center pivot irrigation system with a leak at the end tower
Center pivots operation below or above the designed water pressure can create uniformity issues across the field and/or increase operating expenses.

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Considerations in Adopting Variable Rate Irrigation

Irrigation-the largest user of freshwater in Nebraska and worldwide-can be applied more precisely.

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