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  • September 26 , 2016

    This is the final crop water use report for the 2016 season!  The UNWNRD would like to give a big thanks to all of the producers who help make the crop water use possible!  Have a great off season and we are looking forward to next year! 

    Average use by corn was .11 inches.

    Average use by beets was .99 inches.

    Average use by sunflowers was .22 inches.

    Average use by mature alfalfa was 1.1 inches.

    Average use by lawns was 1.2 inches.

    The average ET gage reading was 1.1 inches.

    The average rainfall across the district was .31 inches.
              Rain data came from http://nerain.dnr.ne.gov/NeRAIN/index.asp

    In the last week soil moisture monitoring station 1 showed 55% water available at 12”, 55% water available at 24”, and 55% water available at 36”.  The producer did not irrigate.  Remember this is in a Sandy Loam soil type with Corn planted and will vary depending on site specific; weather, irrigation management, topography, management practices, crop, and soil type. 

    In the last week soil moisture monitoring station 2 showed 70% water available at 12”, 40% water available at 24”, and 50% water available at 36”.  The producer did not irrigate.  Remember this is in a Loam soil type with Corn planted and will vary depending on site specific; weather, irrigation management, topography, management practices, crop, and soil type. 

    The crop water use report is completed using the average growth stage for each crop and ET gage reading from across the district. To find the conversion your specific crop growth stage visit https://nawmn.unl.edu/GrowthStageData

    For more information or to inquire about ET gages or soil moisture monitoring equipment, please contact Nevin Price at the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District at 308.432.6190 or visit our website at www.unwnrd.org.  We are committed to helping Nebraskans conserve and protect groundwater.

     

     

     

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