Chemigation Permits Due June 1st

With chemigation season quickly approaching, the Central Platte Natural Resources District is reminding producers that current renewal permits expire on June 1st. Renewal permits can be issued without an inspection at a cost of $20.00. Renewal applications received after June 1st must comply with provisions for new permits, including a $60 permit fee and a required inspection before the permit can be issued. Chemigation, also known as fertigation, is an efficient and economical means of applying chemicals and fertilizer that are necessary for crops. To comply with Nebraska state law, any new chemigation systems must be inspected by a producer’s local natural resources district prior to any application of fertilizer or chemicals. Once a system has been inspected and a renewal application is sent in, the system needs to be inspected every three years if chemigating in the Central Platte NRD.  If changes are made to any part of the system, for example, a new pump or a new pivot, reinspection of that system is required. There are many advantages to using chemigation with center pivots. One advantage is chemical coverage. Properly designed and operated irrigation systems may apply chemicals more uniformly than aircraft and some ground sprayers.  It allows prescription and timely application of chemicals based on the crop requirements. Chemigation also provides savings and profit. Applying chemicals through an irrigation system can save 40 percent or more in chemical application costs. Timely fertilizer applications can also increase crop yields. For more information, contact the Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or visit the Chemigation page....

Upcoming Board Meeting

CPNRD Board to Meet on May 24 The Central Platte Natural Resources District will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. AGENDA ITEMS 1. Eastern Projects Committee A) Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project B) Possible action on shop expansion. 2. Budget Committee- Report 3. Water Quantity Committee A) Discussion and possible change regarding the water transfer tool. B) Update on the Basin-Wide Plan for Joint Integrated Water Resources Management of Overappropriated Portions of the Platte River Basin. C) Update on the CPNRD/NDNR Integrated Management Plan. 4. Programs Committee  The committee will give a recommendation on an Outdoor Classroom request from Shoemaker Elementary for a butterfly garden & native grass seed in the amount of $391.82. 5. Violations Luke Zakrzewski will give a follow-up report on Cease and Desist Orders. 6. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Jim Bendfeldt will report. 7. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission Mick Reynolds will report. 8. Cost-Share Action on cost-share requests. 9. Financial Report Action on the May financial report. 10. Other As may develop prior to the board meeting. *Board meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (unless stated otherwise) at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue, Grand Island NE 68803.   Contact the CPNRD staff at (308)...

Latest Board Action

NEWS RELEASE 25,800 Acres Treated for Phragmites in Central Platte NRD (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  Rich Walters, Platte Valley Weed Management Area, reported that 25,800 acres have been treated for invasive Phragmites along the Platte River in the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) since 2009. Walters gave his report at the CPNRD’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Walters said with the help of over 700 landowners, Phragmites have been reduced by 86 percent and purple loosestrife, also an invasive plant, has been reduced by 70 percent through continued maintenance. In 2009, the Platte Valley Weed Management Area and West Central Weed Management Area collaborated to control Phragmites in 16 counties in south-central Nebraska, including approximately 315 river miles of the Platte River.  A total of $5.5 million has been spent with 91 percent of the funds being used for herbicide and mechanical control, and the remaining funds used for monitoring, public outreach, legal/insurance costs, and project coordination. The Central Platte NRD has provided $418,118 towards the project in cooperation with 12 other federal, state, and local funding partners. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Water Quantity  The board approved issuing Cease & Desist Orders to two individuals in Polk and Dawson counties who irrigated acres that were not certified during the 2017 crop year. A water transfer was approved from Hall County in CPNRD to Howard County in the Lower Loup NRD (LLNRD) at a 1:1 ratio pending approval from the LLNRD. The board denied an irrigation appeal from Lexington, NE. and requested that the landowners work with NRD staff to offset acres. -Water Quality  Of the approximately 1,000 producers who...

Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Meetings Board Meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (usually) at the Central Platte NRD office, 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island NE.   Upcoming Board Meetings: April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 30?, September 27, October 25 Upcoming Events May **Thurs. May 24 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Mon. May 28 *Memorial Day observed. June **Thurs. June 28 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. July **Wed. July 4 *Independence Day observed. Office closed. **Thurs. July 26 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. August **Thurs. August 30? *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. September **Mon. Sept. 3 *Labor Day observed. Office closed. **Thurs. Sept. 27 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. October **Thurs. October 25 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. November **Mon. Nov. 12 *Veterans Day observed. **Thurs. Nov. 15 or 25 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Thurs-Fri. Nov. 22-23 *Thanksgiving Holiday observed. December **Thurs. Dec. 20 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Tues. Dec. 25 *Christmas Day observed. For more information on any of these events, contact the CPNRD staff at (308) 385-6282 or email:...