Water & Crops Field Day

Systems Approach to Cropping and Irrigation Management

This year’s Field Day is jointly sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance (NEWBA). Water is one of Nebraska's most valuable natural resources. This Field Day offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in water to learn and see irrigation practices and cropping systems on a farm scale that maintain or increase crop production while conserving water.

Participants will be able to interact with Nebraska Extension specialists and educators, and industry leaders on water issues that may affect their operations.  Approximately 25 commercial venders will be on hand to provide live demonstrations of how their products can help farmers manage their fields.

Site tours in the afternoon will let you see management strategies and equipment up close with experts on hand to answer your specific questions.

While there is no cost to attend this year’s Water and Crops Field Day, registrations are needed by Friday, August 19, 2016, for planning & food purposes. Please complete the on-line registration form.

Appreciation is expressed to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support and participation.

The Field Day will be held on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Nebraska.

Download the complete Agenda/Brochure as a PDF file here.

Water & Crops Field Day - Systems Approach to Cropping and Irrigation Management

Morning Session

8:00 a.m.    Registration – View Exhibits

Enjoy cinnamon rolls compliments of the Nebraska Wheat Board

8:30 a.m.    General Session

All general sessions will be held in the big tent

  • Efficient Crop Rotations and Tillage Systems
  • Reducing Input Costs and Leveraging Water Resources – Panel Discussion
  • Grain Marketing App
  • UNL Irrigation Apps

9:40 a.m.    Break – View Exhibits

Refreshments courtesy of sponsors and exhibitors

10:10 a.m.  General Session

  • Grazing Cover Crops
  • Grazing Cover Crops – Panel Discussion
  • NRD Updates and Panel Discussion
  • NRCS Update

11:30 a.m.  The Fastest 30 Minutes in Ag

Each exhibitor will have one minute to tell about the products or services they offer.  Then you can decide which booths to visit for more information.


12:00 p.m.  Lunch

Complimentary lunch provided by:

Adams Bank and Trust. Please pre-register to ensure adequate food for all.

Noon Updates

  • Rick Rasby,  Nebraska Extension
  • Senator Mike Groene – Issues and Legislation Affecting Ag
  • UN Regent Bob Phares

Afternoon Session

 1:15 p.m.    Field Site Previews

Specialists will preview what they will discuss and demonstrate at nearby field site or lab locations:

 ♦ Soil Water Sensor Comparison

♦ Sorghum Weed Control & Field Peas Research

♦ Forages/Cover Crops Production Plots

♦ Sensors for Determining Nitrogen Requirements

♦ Field to Market

♦ Crop Rotation and Productivity

♦ Managing Corn Rootworm

♦ Sustainable Management of Plant Pathogens

♦ Pesticide Application Technology

♦ Ethanol Powered Irrigation Engines


1:30 p.m.    Field Site/Exhibitor Visits

Visit with exhibitors or stop by one of the field sites for information and answers to the specific questions that YOU have! 


3:00 p.m.    Ice Cream Social

Adjourn – Thanks for Attending!