|Plot tour Aug. 2 offers new management strategies|
“With today’s tight irrigation water allocations and high input costs, producers are looking for better irrigation strategies to achieve the most from the water they have and the nitrogen they apply,” stated Steve Melvin, University of Nebraska–Lincoln extension educator.
“The Irrigation Strategies Field Tour focuses on showing farmers and crop consultants management strategies to optimize the use of the nitrogen and water applied,” Melvin said. The field tour will be held at the newly established demonstration and research site in the Imperial area, providing an excellent opportunity for the university to conduct research focused on the optimal use of the limited irrigation water supply in the area and demonstrating water conserving strategies.
Along with a newly added farm, the University of Nebraska- Lincoln has added two new members to the team at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte: Tim Shaver and Greg Kruger.
UNL appreciates those who have cooperatedwith this plot, Greg Smith (farmer) and Steve Smith (landowner).
The program will teach methods to help producers get the most effective use out of their irrigation water and energy dollars. It does this by focusing on methods to apply the optimal amount of water and nitrogen, along with methods of conserving water.
The field tour topics will include: Using Canopy Sensors to Ideally Manage Nitrogen and Water Application, Water Savings with Crop Residue Management, Predicting the Last Irrigation, No-Till vs. Conservation Tillage, and How Time of Application and Amount of Water Applied Effects Crop Yield.
Program speakers include: Steve Melvin, UNL extension educator; Simon van Donk, UNL irrigation and water resources specialist; Greg Kruger, weed ecologist; and Tim Shaver, nutrient management specialist.
The field tour will be Monday, Aug. 2 starting at 5 p.m. MDT with a meal.
The field is located on the northeast side of the intersection of Road 736 and Avenue 334.
To get to the new demonstration and research site from Imperial head 1 mile east of the intersection of Nebraska Highway 61 and US Highway 6. Turn south onto Avenue 334 and the plot is 3/8 of a mile south on the east side.