April 25 meeting to offer tools for 'managing with limited water'
Despite recent snowstorms, irrigators in the North Platte Valley are still likely to be challenged by limited water supplies this growing season. A meeting scheduled for April 25 in Gering will provide them with information and resources.
“Managing with Limited Water,” sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center and the North Platte Valley Water Association, will take place at the Gering Civic Center from 8 a.m. until noon.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the first presentation starts at 8:30 a.m. There is no cost and the meeting is open to the public.
Topics and presenters include:
Update on water supply forecasts for irrigation projects, by Dennis Strauch, manager of Pathfinder Irrigation District; changes in groundwater allocation rules, by North Platte Natural Resources District General Manager Ron Cacek;
Explanation of deficit irrigation, by Gary Hergert, soils and fertility specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
Demonstration of the Water Optimizer, a UNL Extension spreadsheet that producers can use to help prioritize the best uses for limited water supplies, Gary Stone and Jessica Johnson, UNL Extension educators;
Panel discussion about irrigation district operations, representatives of Pathfinder Irrigation District, Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District, and Farmers Irrigation District; and
Crop insurance outlook, by David Petersen, RCIS, area claims supervisor.