Troy Ingram - Extension Educator
Irrigation season has wrapped up here in Nebraska. Now is a good time to evaluate you center pivot to make sure it is ready for winter and for another growing season. Here is a quick list of things to look at before winter sets in.
Do you know how much water your crop is using on a daily basis? When I ask this question most guys tell me somewhere between 0.20 - 0.40 inches per day. Sometimes they are close but wouldn’t it be nice to know for sure? It is rather simple to figure out if you have the right tools.
An atmometer, such as the ETgage®, is what you need to calculate reference ET. ET stands for evapotranspiration. This is the amount of water evaporated from the soil and plant surface and transpired through the plant.
The UNL CropWater App. A handy tool for irrigators to use in the field to aid in irrigation scheduling.
Simple checks you can preform on your center pivots to make sure they are ready for the irrigation season.