Agricultural Irrigation

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Agricultural Irrigation

Agricultural water users can optimize water use efficiency and protect the quality of water resources by applying basic information about irrigation systems, crop water use and management practices.

An Overview of Secondary Aquifers in Nebraska

Map showing the extent of the High Plains Aquifer
Nebraska is a groundwater-rich state. Nebraska has one primary aquifer, the High Plains Aquifer, and seven secondary aquifers. These secondary aquifers supply water to more than 4000 active wells spread across 30 counties.

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Predicting Late-Season Irrigation Needs

Center pivot irrigating late season corn

The 2017 growing season started with warm dry planting conditions, followed by significant rain delays in May in many parts of the state, and a summer of intermittent weeks of hot and cool temperatures. The net result is that crops may mature over a longer period than usual this fall. Fortunately, the following procedure for making end-of-season irrigation decisions is based on crop maturity stage rather than the calendar.

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Sprinkler Irrigation System Maintenance for Improved Uniformity and Application Efficiency

Center pivot with missing nozzle

Center pivot irrigation systems are designed and managed to apply water as uniformly as possible to enhance crop production. Uniformity has a direct effect on the system’s overall application efficiency, which is a measure of how well an irrigation system delivers water to a crop’s root zone.

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Value of Using Sensors to Manage Irrigation and Tips for Proper Installation

Use ET Gages and soil moisture sensors to help manage your irrigation this season.

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Is Your Irrigation System Ready For the Season?

Center Pivot in soybean field Greeley County, NE
Simple checks you can preform on your center pivots to make sure they are ready for the irrigation season.

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