How to deal with the lack of spring soil moisture and likelihood of continued drought continues to spawn meetings across Nebraska.
This next round is for western Nebraska.
A series of "No-Till Deficit Irrigation and Water Optimizer Workshops" are planned in Sidney, Alliance and Scottsbluff in late February for farmers who expect to have limited irrigation water supplies this year.
The workshops will address water-limiting issues and low-water-use crop options for producers facing these challenges. Other topics will include the benefits of no-till practices and annual forage utilization in producer operations with cattle.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension personnel will also introduce and review the Water Optimizer decision management tool, which can help producers determine what crops to grow, how many acres to irrigate and what their potential profitability would be under limited water-supply situations.
The workshops are sponsored by the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center; the North Platte, South Platte, Upper Niobrara White natural resources districts; the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund Continuous No-Till Education Grant.
The workshop dates and times and contact numbers are:
Feb. 26, Sidney: 8:30 a.m.-noon, South Platte NRD office, 551 Parkland Drive. Call 308-254-2377 for the South Platte NRD or 308-254-4455 for the Cheyenne County Extension office.
Feb. 27, Alliance: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Alliance Public Library, 1750 Sweetwater Ave. Call 308- 432-6190 for the Upper Niobrara White NRD or 308-762-5616 for the Box Butte County Extension office.
Feb. 28, Scottsbluff: 8:30 a.m.-noon, North Platte NRD, 100547 Airport Road. Call 308-632-2749 for the North Platte NRD or 308-632-1276 for the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center.
If you're interested in attending, respond by Feb. 22. There is no charge to attend these workshops.
Follow-up workshops will be held several weeks later for producers to come in and get one-on-one instruction in the use of Water Optimizer. Those dates, times and meeting places will be announced later.