Water and crops field day offered Aug. 23 in North Platte

Educators and specialists from Nebraska Extension will discuss water issue that may affect farming operations at a water and crops field day at the West Central Research and Extension Center on Aug.23. (Craig Chandler/University Communications)

August 10, 2016

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance will host a systems approach to cropping and irrigation management field day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road in North Platte. 

    Innovative and practical management strategies will be shared in addition to regulatory and legislative initiative updates. Educators and specialists from Nebraska Extension will be on hand to address water issues that may affect farming operations. Topics will include crop rotations and tillage systems, reducing input costs and leveraging water resources, grazing cover crops and more. More than 30 commercial vendors will be on hand throughout the day to provide live product demonstrations.

    "Water is one of Nebraska's most valuable resources," said Extension Educator Chuck Burr. "This field day will give those interested in water the opportunity to learn about irrigation practices and cropping systems on a farm scale that can maintain or increase crop production while conserving water."

    Field site previews in the afternoon will give attendees a glimpse of what specialists have found at nearby field sites or labs. Soil water sensor comparison, sorghum weed control, sensors for determining nitrogen requirements and managing corn rootworm are just a few of the field site topics to be discussed. 

    The field day is free, but registration is requested by Aug. 19 for planning and food purposes. 

    For more information or to register, visit http://go.unl.edu/vp73.

Chuck Burr
Extension Educator
West Central Research and Extension Center