Irrigation Systems

-Central NE Irrigation Project Update   Courtney Widup, water resources technician, gave an update on the Central Nebraska Irrigation Project. Widup said the goal of the project is to improve sustainability along the beef chain by using new technology such as the Arable Mark field-level weather and crop monitoring device to make real-time decisions. It collects over 40 different data streams on precipitation, ET, solar radiation, plant health, weather, harvest timing, wind, and soil moisture. The Project also includes the use of pivot telemetry and flow meters. Widup said 19 low tech/no tech producers within the District enrolled in 2018. The Project would like a total of 50 producers enrolled by 2020. Partners include The Nature Conservancy, Nestlé Purina, and Cargill.   Contact Courtney