The Upper Big Blue NRD says their CROP-TIP test plot near York lets them do something that a lot of their producers can’t do: take big risks.
Producers can benefit from the plot’s results though when the NRD shares them and other tips at t
heir annual Field Day.
“It gives us the opportunity to go out and do some real world research on a test plot,” says UBBNRD’s Public Relations Coordinator Scott Snell. “We do a lot of farm demonstrations, things that correspond with limited irrigation and limited fertilizing.”
Limited irrigation was a problem in much of central Nebraska this year, and as prices fluctuate and the drought continues, it’s an issue for next year too.
But businesses like CropMetrics are working on ways to help producers maximize water use through mapping and measuring technology.
“It’s a technology for better distributing irrigation to more effectively optimize yield and manage against any type of run off or waste,” says CropMetrics President Kevin Abts.