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Webcast covers best practices for water management, conservation

Irrigated corn production is an important part of agricultural systems in areas of the central and southern Great Plains of the United States.

In a recent ‘Focus on Corn’ webcast titled “Irrigated Water Management Tools” (http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/edcenter/seminars/corn/IrrigationWater/) Bill Kranz, associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discusses best management practices in irrigated corn.

In part one of this module, Kranz discusses procedures for preparing soil water sensors and how to install them in the field.

In part two, Kranz teaches viewers how to use a modified atmometer to verify that soil water sensors are responding correctly.

Several water conservation practices are also discussed throughout this talk, including crop residue management, planting a shorter season hybrid and reducing the plant population.

By the end of this talk, the viewer will have the necessary information to initiate an irrigation scheduling program and find additional information on the topic.

This webcast is open access and freely available through Aug. 31.

“Irrigated Water Management Tools” and other ‘Focus on Corn’ presentations can be viewed at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foc.

‘Focus on Corn’ is a publication of the Plant Management Network. To get the most out of the Plant Management Network’s full line of resources, sign up for PMN’s free electronic newsletter, PMN Update.

The Plant Management Network (www.plantmanagementnetwork.org) is a nonprofit online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops. PMN achieves this mission through applied, science-based resources, like ‘Focus on Corn.’

To help achieve its nonprofit publishing mission, PMN partners with more than 80 organizations, which include universities, nonprofits, and agribusinesses.

Date: 7/8/2013



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