Economic Tidbits

Water Management During Drought

Temperatures this week are expected to push or exceed 100 degrees for parts of Nebraska. And the latest National Weather Service long-term forecast calls for a hot and dry summer. Both suggest the state’s drought is likely to continue. As such, effectively managing irrigation during the growing season will be paramount for a successful crop. Irrigation scheduling, consistent application rates, soil water monitoring, energy costs, and more factor into effective water management.

Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Inside Profitability Series webinar scheduled June 15 at 6:30 p.m. will focus on water and irrigation management during drought. Steve Melvin, an Irrigated Cropping Systems Extension Educator located in Central City with the University of Nebraska, will discuss factors irrigators should keep in mind when managing irrigation applications this year. Proper pressure, soil water monitoring, irrigation timing, end of season applications, and other water management factors will be discussed. The webinar will be available on the Inside Profitability Series webpage here.

The webinar is the second in the Inside Profitability Series on managing the farm or ranch during a drought. The first webinar focused on grain marketing aired June 8 and can be viewed here. The final webinar in the series will air June 22 and discuss crop insurance issues related to drought.

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