Feb 9 CPNRD Water Conference

Credits Available at CPNRD Water Programs Conference on February 9th  Program Flyer Attendance at Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Water Programs Conference next Thursday replaces the requirement for landowners to take the Nitrogen Management Certification Test for the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program.  Continuing Education Credits (4 credits) have also been applied for through the NHHS for professional Water Well Contractors License. CPNRD staff and guest speakers will report on groundwater level readings, results from current water usage research, and using CPNRD’s irrigation websites. Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climate Office, will discuss where dryness issues are most prevalent and whether those areas will be a precursor to localized dryness Jessie Winter, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, will present the NDNR’s INSIGHT website; and Joe Krolikowski, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will present new cost share programs available to landowners. The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. 34th St in Kearney, NE.  The public is invited to attend.  There is no registration fee and lunch will be catered by Luke & Jake’s Bar-Be-Q.  RSVP is requested for lunch count by calling the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282 or email Marcia Lee at: lee@cpnrd.org. Updates by CPNRD staff will include: -Groundwater Levels & Real-Time Water Usage Results- Duane Woodward, engineering hydrologist -2 & 10 Rule, Groundwater Exchange Program- Jesse Mintken, assistant manager -Certified Acre Website- Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst -Online Crop Reporting Form-Sandy Noecker, data compliance officer -Project SENSE Results- Dean Krull, CPNRD/UNL demo projects coordinator -Social Media- Marcia Lee, information/education specialist -Platte River Program, Legislative...

Public Invited to CPNRD Conservation Awards Reception

Public Invited to CPNRD Conservation Award Reception (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The public is invited to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Conservation Awards reception on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Balz Reception Hall, 213 N Sycamore Street in Grand Island, NE.  Award winners will receive a $100 gift card and a sign to display on their land recognizing their accomplishments.  There is no cost and free hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Great Western Bank. This year’s award winners are: CROPLAND: Mark Haskins, Doniphan.  Haskins was selected for implementing buffer strips, center pivots with variable frequency drive (VFD), surge valves, and 100 acres of precision laser controlled land leveling. He uses a controlled traffic ridge till system for soil health by reducing compaction across the field and increasing the amount of crop residue left on the soil surface.  Haskins’ use of telemetry with his flow meters and capacitance probes is beyond most typical installations.  Use of telemetry allows him to know, in real time, the amount of water being pumped, pressures with his systems, and soil moisture conditions so adjustments can be made quickly in response to the conditions. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: Ken Seim Family, Chapman.  The Seim family was selected for their willingness to adopt new practices that are beneficial to the protection of the environment and betterment of their crop production procedures. They are true agricultural leaders, hosting several field days to familiarize other producers on new irrigation techniques, moisture sensors, cover crops and SDI.  Tom Schleif, NRCS, said, “Of all the exceptional things the Seim operation has accomplished; Ken’s willingness to help...

Want to Sell or Lease Water for Next Year?

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) has started the pre-approval process for the Groundwater Exchange Program, which provides a way for producers to buy or sell water use for the upcoming irrigation season. During the pre-approval process, staff verifies that all participants are in compliance with CPNRD’s Rules and Regulations, document whether the participant is acting as a buyer or seller, the location and amount of water use, and whether the buyers want to purchase water for irrigation or for streamflow. Those interested in participating must be pre-approved by November 23, 2016. The online bid window for those pre-approved will be open from December 1 through December 9, 2016.  Buyers and sellers will go online to the CPNRD Exchange website with the personal ID that staff has provided to them.  Sellers will enter the amount that they would like to receive for their water use, and buyers will enter how much they are willing to pay. Central Platte NRD and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources have partnered in the financial cost to develop an algorithm that selects the best matches based on information that each seller and buyer enters- such as the price, location of water, and the depletion to the river.  The program then generates a report of all the matched exchanges.  The NRD’s Rules and Regulations regarding the transfers of groundwater irrigated acres are built into the computer program. Bids are based on acres, consumptive use, and streamflow depletion to the Platte River. The National Economic Research Associates (NERA) is the consulting firm who developed the computer program, accepts the bids, and provides CPNRD with...

Groundwater Exchange Starts Oct. 3rd

Groundwater Exchange Pre-Approval to Start October 3rd The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Groundwater Exchange is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 3rd.  The CPNRD board of directors approved expanding the Groundwater Exchange to include the Loup Basin within the District and to add definition of terms to their Rules & Regulations at their September 29th board meeting.  A public hearing on the proposed changes was held prior to the board meeting. The Groundwater Exchange pre-approval process for buyers and sellers to meet with CPNRD staff will take place from October 3 to November 23, so that producers will have time to plan for spring planting. During the pre-approval process, staff will verify that all participants are in compliance with the NRD’s Rules and Regulations, document whether the participant is acting as a buyer or seller, the location and amount of water use, and whether the buyers want to purchase water for irrigation or for streamflow. The online bid window for those pre-approved will be open from December 1 through December 9, 2016.  Buyers and sellers will go online to the CPNRD Exchange website with the personal ID that staff has provided to them.  Sellers will enter the amount that they would like to receive for their water use, and buyers will enter how much they are willing to pay. Central Platte NRD and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources have partnered in the financial cost to develop an algorithm that selects the best matches based on information that each seller and buyer enters- such as the price, location of water, and the depletion to the river.  The...

September 8-Prescribed Burn Info Meeting

The public is invited to attend CPNRD’s Prescribed Burn Information Meeting to be held on Thursday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. @ the Nebraska Barn & Grill in Gothenburg, NE. There is no cost to attend & buffet lunch is sponsored.  RSVP no later than Sept. 6th for lunch count with Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282, lee@cpnrd.org; or Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056. AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER 8 10:30  Welcome & Introduction- David Carr, CPNRD 10:45  Central Platte Rangeland Alliance Information, Process of Getting Ready- Mark Alberts, Landowner 11:15  Burn Benefits and CPNRD Grassland Conservation Program- David Carr 11:45  Sponsored Lunch 12:15  Prescribed Burn Information/NRCS- Teri Edeal, NRCS 1:15   Optional Outside Burn Unit Site Visit OPTIONAL SITE VISIT The outside site burn unit visit will show the areas that were burned this spring including what the pastures looked like prior to the prescribed burns and the dramatic results after the burns. Participants will see firsthand how fire affects pastures and cedar trees. To RSVP and/or for questions, contact Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056 or Mark Alberts at (308) 529-0642. For more information on CPNRD’s Prescribed Fire Program click...

Project SENSE: Public Invited to July 27 Update

Still Time to RSVP for Project SENSE Update on July 27th After one year in the field, Project SENSE participants are seeing positive results.  Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.  The UNL Extension and Central Platte NRD representatives will release the results of the 2015 pilot field sites an introduce the SENSE technology and equipment requirements for those interested in participating in the future.  Following the presentation, attendees will caravan to Arnie Hinkson’s field to see how new techniques have benefited his operation. The update will take place from 10:00 a.m.- Noon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Presentations will be held at 2003 N Cameron Road in Cairo, NE. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided following the update.  RSVP with Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org for the lunch count. Project SENSE is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Corn Board, five Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) in Nebraska, and producers participating in the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network. Contact Dean Krull, UNL/CPNRD project coordinator, for more information regarding Project SENSE at (402)...