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By Jennifer M. Latzke
Drought and reduced aquifer levels have many Oklahoma farmers concerned about how they are going to get the most out of their limited irrigation resources in the future.
The 2014 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference, Aug. 19, at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, brought leading researchers and farmers together to discuss how to improve irrigation efficiency in the future.
Al Sutherland, the Oklahoma Mesonet Agricultural Program coordinator, opened the day by talking about the Mesonet’s Evapotranspiration Irrigation Planner tool and how it can better help irrigators time their applications of water.
“We want to know how to maximize what we are putting out there and getting the most benefits of that water,” Sutherland said. “When to apply it, and how much to apply?” Evapotranspiration (ET) is a measurement of the evaporation of water from the soil’s surface and the transpiration of the plant itself, combined with weather variables, such as solar radiation, air temperature, wind speed and relative humidity. [Read More]
Recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Water of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 by a vote of 262 to 152. This legislation stops the radical rule [Read More]
By Larry Dreiling The clock is ticking for most United States farmers to make their selections between three different crop insurance plans for the long term, and final planting d [Read More]
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy [Read More]
Recently, the House passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a sol [Read More]
By Shannon Schlecht USW Vice President of Policy If you have ever planted a garden, you know how much effort it takes to help your plants thrive—and how often the results do not match up with your expectati [Read More]
By Dan Moser On a day when four former U.S. secretaries of agriculture from Nebraska were honored in bronze on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, Ro [Read More]