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

Water and Crops Field Day
Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension irrigation specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center, shares details of the UNL-TAPS project with tour participants in 2017. Attendees at West Central's water and crops field day on Aug. 23 will have an opportunity to learn more about UNL-TAPS.

August 6, 2018

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska Extension the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance and the Ogallala Water Project will host a water and crops field day on Aug. 23 at the West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road in North Platte.

The theme for the educational event is “Partnering with producers and industry – tackling today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.” The field day will focus on innovative and practical crop management solutions.

Educators and specialists from Nebraska Extension and surrounding states will be on hand to address water issues that may affect farming operations in the Midwest. Topics will include information on water management, economics and agronomic principles. Approximately 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 a chance to learn about irrigation practices and cropping systems on a farm scale that can maintain or increase crop production while conserving water.”

The event will also showcase the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Testing Ag Performance Solutions (UNL-TAPS) competition. The annual field competition, first held in 2017, features producers competing against each other, along with university scientists, managing center pivot irrigated crops for the 2018 growing season. Contestants make production and management decisions for individual plots including, irrigation scheduling, nitrogen management, hybrid selection, plant population, grain marketing and risk management.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 14 different field site tours in the afternoon to see different management strategies and equipment up close with experts on hand to answer questions.

There is no cost to attend the field day. Registration is requested by Aug. 20 for planning and food purposes.

For more information or to register, visit https://go.unl.edu/water-crops-field-day.  

Chuck Burr
Crops and Water Extension Educator
West Central Research and Extension Center