Water & Crops Field Day

Using Precision Technology to Improve Profitability

This year’s Field Day is jointly sponsored by Nebraska Extension, the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance (NEWBA) and the Ogallala Aquifer Project. 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.  This year’s focus is on precision technology and will include a plant stand demonstrations from a John Deere ExactEmerge planter.

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. UNL-TAPS updates and field tours will be included.

Site research 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 Monday, August 20, 2019, for planning & food purposes. Please complete the on-line registration form here.

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

The Field Day will be held on Thursday August 22, 2019 at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Nebraska.   The agenda is listed below

WCREC Water and Crops Field Day

“Using Precision Technology to Improve Profitability”

8:00 – 8:45 AM: Registration and Cinnamon Rolls by Nebraska Wheat Board

8:45 – 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks – Kelly Bruns

9:00-10:30 AM: Session 1 (UNL-TAPS)

  • TAPS Update – Daran Rudnick
  • TAPS Grower Panel (MC – Amy Kremen)

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break (visit booths)

11:00 – 12:00 PM: Session 2 (Theme Tracks)

Precision Technology in Water Management:  Tent

  • 11:00-11:20 – Jacob Fritton, TNC – Central Nebraska Irrigation Project
  • 11:20-11:40 – Freddie Lamm – Fertigation through Sub Surface Drip
  • 11:40-12:00 – Jason Warren – Setting Up a VRI Pivot and Reflex Injection Pump

Precision Technology in Crop Management: Auditorium

  • 11:00-11:20 – Julie Peterson – Managing tough corn insects with application technology and pest biology
  • 11:20-11:40 – Greg Kruger – Making Precise Applications to Maximize Longevity of Herbicides
  • 11:40-12:00 – TBA

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Fastest 30 Minutes in Agriculture – Vendor updates

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch served

1:30 – 1:45 PM:

  • Admin and Policy Update, Senator Mike Groene
  • Agency Updates –  Ann Dimmitt – TPNRD IMP Update

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Field Site Previews

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

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Field Site/Exhibitor Visits

  • Visit with exhibitors or stop by one of the field sites for information and answers to YOUR specific questions! 

3:30 – 3:45 PM: Break (Ice Cream Social)

3:45 – 4:00 PM: Travel to Dryland Farm on Dodge Hill Road for Cover Crop Study Discussion – Kat Caswell

Arrow Seed Company
Central Ne Public Power/Irrigtn
Downey Drilling/Airscout
Farm Credit Services of America
Komet Irrigation Corp
Nebraska Corn Board
Nebr Sorghum Board/Producers
NebraskaLand National Bank
Ogallala Water Coordinated Ag Project (OWCAP)
Plains Equipment Group

Field Connect
Fieldwise LLC
Lindsay Corporation
McCrometer – Seim Technology
Nelson Irrigation Corp
Plains Equipment Group
Servi Tech
Western Irrigation

Twin Platte NRD