Advances in irrigation management will be the focus of a new lecture series being offered this spring at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The lectures make up the university’s annual spring semester water and natural resources seminar organized by the School of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Water Center.
According to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, there were just under 2.2 million acres of crop and pastureland under irrigation in 1964. Fifty years later, in 2014, that number had increased to just under 8.3 million acres, representing just under half of the total cropland harvested in the state.
Lectures in the seminar series are:
Jan. 17 — Cody Bailey, Reinke Manufacturing, “A Unique View of an Advanced Center Pivot Irrigation System”
Jan. 31 — Williams Memorial Lecture, Ken Quandt, McCrometer Corporation, “McCrometer Flow Connect: Building on Irrigation Flow Meter Fundamentals”
Feb. 14 — Trenton Franz, hydrogeophysicist, School of Natural Resources, “Spatiotemporal Prediction of Soil Properties and States in Variably Saturated Landscapes”
Feb. 28 — Daran Rudnick, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, “Performance of Tools and Technologies for Scheduling Irrigation and Fertigation in Western Nebraska”
March 14 — Kremer Memorial Lecture, Kurtis Charling, Lindsay Corporation, “Using Proven Science, Research, and Big Data to Simplify and Optimize Irrigation Management”
April 4 — Derek Heeren, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, “Variable Rate Irrigation: Potential Benefits, Limitations, and Management Practices”
April 18 — Xin Qiao, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, “Irrigation Management in Western Nebraska and Future Opportunities”
In addition to being offered free to the public, the seminar can be taken for student credit through the School of Natural Resources.
Individual lecture videos and speaker PowerPoint presentation will be posted online at watercenter.unl.edu.
This event has a Google Hangouts video call.