Cropping & Water Systems


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Cropping & Water Systems

Rental rates for irrigated, dryland and pasture acres are a common question received by our office.

Anyone needing to gain either initial certification or recertification to chemigate should plan to attend one of the local trainings offered on:

 March 1st @ 1:00 p.m. - Columbus - Pinnacle Bank, 210 East 23rd St.

 March 23rd @ 9:00 a.m. - ARDC near Mead, 1071 Co. Rd

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required by contacting the Colfax County Extension office at 402-352-3821. You can also request training materials for review prior to the training by contacting our office.  Trainings will take 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

The 2016 Nebraska Farm Custom Rates were recently released to help farmers and landowners determine fair rates for many different field actions like planting, spraying, harvesting, and hauling. These rates are updated every two years, with two parts:Part 1 - Covers tillage, planting, and other field operations (pdf) and Part 2 - Covers harvest and hauling operations (pdf)

For local agronomic information and news visit the Crop Tech Cafe blog with postings from Nathan Mueller, Dodge County Extension Educator, Aaron Nygren, Colfax County Extension Educator, and John Wilson, Burt County Extension Educator