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Irrigation Strategies Field Tours Statewide in August

Water timing and soil monitoring equipment will be covered.

Field tours to demonstrate and explain better irrigation management practices is underway across Nebraska this month.

"Nebraska producers are looking for better irrigation strategies to get the most from the water they have to use," says UNL Extension Educator Steve Melvin, organizer of the tour. "The tour will provide farmers and crop consultants management strategies to conserve water."

The primary focus is on working with producers and crop consultants to develop and demonstrate soil moisture monitoring equipment and irrigation scheduling strategies on farmer fields. The program will teach methods to get the most effective use out of irrigation water and energy dollars by focusing on obtaining top pumping plant performance, selecting lower cost energy sources, and applying the optimum amount of water.

Field tour topics, which will vary by location, include: How Time of Application and Amount of Water Applied Affects Crop Yield, Predicting the Last Irrigation, Furrow Irrigation Study Results, Water Savings with Crop Residue Management, Yield Effects of Skip Row Planted Corn, How the Amount of Water and Nitrogen Applied Affects Crop Yield, Lowering Irrigation Energy Costs and Comparing Alternatives, and Monitoring Crop Water Use and Soil Moisture Status - Simple, Durable, Accurate, and Economical.

Here are locations and dates of the tours:

  • Palisade area, Aug. 14, 6 p.m.; field is on the north edge of Palisade. Go north on Nebraska Highway 25A and turn right onto first country road heading north. Continue north approximately 3/8 mile and turn west into a field road. Plot is about 1/8 mile west on the field road.
  • Loomis area, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.; first stop is 6 miles north of Loomis on Road G and 1-1/2 miles east on Road 741. The plot is on the south side of the road. The second stop, which starts at 1:30 p.m., is 1 mile south of Loomis on Road G and 1-3/4 miles west on Road 734. The plot is on the south side of the road.
  • Ainsworth area, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.; field is located 7-1/2 miles north of the intersection of U.S. Highways 183 and 20. The plot is on the east side of the road just before the highway turns to the west.
  • Bartley area, Aug. 23, 6 p.m.; field is on the east edge of Bartley. Go 1/2 mile east on U.S. Highway 6/34 and turn south on Road 403. The plot is back west on a field road just south of the railroad tracks.
  • Upland area, Aug. 23, 5 p.m.; field is 6 miles east of the intersection of Nebraska Highways 4 and 10 by Road 38. The plot is on the south side of highway.
  • Imperial area, Aug. 28, 6 p.m. MDT; field is 5 miles west of Imperial on U.S. Highway 6. Turn north on Avenue 327. The plot is 1/4 mile north on east side of road.
  • Curtis area, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.; from the intersection of Nebraska Highway 23 and Center Street (flashing light in Curtis), 6 blocks north to dead end, turn east (right) 1/2 block, then north (left) and follow the road 1.3 mile (road curves to the west). Turn south onto field road 1/3 mile.

For more information about the Irrigation Strategies Field Tour Series, contact Steve Melvin at (308) 367-4424 (

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