Central Platte Irrigator

Timely information that you need-
to make the most efficient irrigation management decisions.

Throughout the irrigation season, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide up-to-date information below to help you make the best irrigation management decisions within Central Platte NRD.  Be sure to mark this page as one of your favorites to quickly access this information!

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2016 Newsletters

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August 5   |   August 12  |   August 19  |  August 26  |  September 2

2015 Newsletters                                                                                                    

May 29  |  June 6  |  June 12  |  June 26 

July 10  |  July 17  |  July 31 

August 7  |  August 14  |  August 21   |   August 28

September 4

Archives: 2004-2014 Newsletters


UNL Irrigation Management:  Videos

Irrigation Management Record Sheets:  Blank Sheet | Example of Completed Sheet



Irrigation Flow Meter Calculator   

Gross Irrigation Calculator

Money Savings from Irrigating Less- Calculator


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Available Water Capacity  |  Yearly Crop Water Usage 

Historical Crop Water Usage  |  Irrigator’s Formula   |  NeRAIN Reports

Irrigation Products

Disclaimer: Use of product names does not signify endorsement of these products and are only examples of product types.
Flow Meter Dial Face Flow Meter Installation Nelson Rotator Nelson Spray Polysonic Meter
Pressure Regulator Flow Meter Propeller Senniger I-Wob Senniger Spray Vertical Turbine Pump

Irrigation Definitions

-Evapotranspiration (ET): Crop water use, plus evaporation
-Available Water Capacity (AWC): Water available to plants in the root zone
-Field Capacity (FC): Soil profile is full will not hold more water.
-Minimum Balance (MB): Minimum soil moisture content managed for to avoid crop stress.
-Permanent Wilting Point (PWP): Soil’s water content so low that the plant cannot recover.
-Deep Percolation (DP): Excess water the soil can’t hold. Gravity pulls excess water below point where plant roots can’t get.
-MAD Maximum Allowable Depletion: Maximum amount of soil moisture to utilize prior to an irrigation.

For more information, contact Joe Krolikowski, NRCS Water Management Specialist