Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Promotes DriftWatch/BeeCheck
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is encouraging all commercial specialty crop growers to register their crop(s) on the DriftWatch/BeeCheck web registry. This voluntary tool will help to increase communication between commercial specialty crop growers and nearby pesticide applicators. Growers go online to register their contact information and crop locations. Pesticide applicators can go to the online map or get direct data feeds to their mapping program. They can then adjust their spray applications to reduce the potential for drift. Specialty crops include grapes, other fruits, vegetables, beehives, greenhouses/high tunnels, nursery crops, orchards, fish farms, non-specialty certified organic and transition to certified organic crops, and an ‘other’ category, which could include plants grown for seed, cut flowers, flowers for scented products, woody florals, etc.
Under the Nebraska Pesticide Act, it is a violation to allowing a pesticide to drift off of the target site. Some pesticide labels now require applicators to either check DriftWatch or a similar online registry, or even survey adjacent properties for specialty crops. The more producers that post to DriftWatch there will be fewer problems with drift. And NDA would like to have the most current and complete registry as possible.
The Department of Environmental Quality’s Nebraska Clean Diesel Rebate Program is offering rebates to replace eligible agricultural irrigation pump diesel engines with electric motors.
The application deadline for this program has been extended to 5:00 pm on February 15, 2018.
NDEQ will reimburse 60% of the cost of the new electric motor, installation, and required electrical infrastructure (including electric service line extension) up to a maximum rebate of $16,200.
The pump engine owner is responsible for the remainder of the project costs (mandatory cost-share). Replacement incentives offered by electric service providers may be used to pay a portion of the mandatory cost-share. No other federal grant funds may be used to cover any portion of the mandatory cost-share.
In order to ensure emissions reductions are achieved through this program, the diesel engine being replaced must be permanently disabled within 90 days of replacement. Replacement projects must be completed by August 30, 2018.
NDEQ anticipates awarding rebates for five irrigation pump engine replacements. Individual applicants may submit one application for a rebate for one engine. The number of irrigation pump engine rebates will be determined by NDEQ after evaluating applications for all Nebraska Clean Diesel programs.
More information and application materials can be found on the following web page: http://deq.ne.gov/publica.nsf/pages/17-016.
Spring 2018 Rx Grazing Bidding has Begun
The bidding process is now open till January 31, 2018 for producers to submit a bid for Spring grazing at NCORPE. Click on the link below for a bid sheet and instructions.
Summer 2018 Rx Grazing Bidding has Begun
The bidding process is now open till March 5, 2018 for producers to submit a bid for Summer grazing at NCORPE. Click on the link below for a bid sheet and instructions.
Watch this awesome, informative video about the augmentation project south of North Platte
Check out the video sharing some facts and information about what we do.
UNL publication providing information and treatment of bagworms, webworms and tent caterpillars.
The Platte - Republican Diversion Project Interlocal Agreement will have a Board meeting on Thursday, March 16th, 2017, at 2 pm in Holdrege, Nebraska, at the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District located at 1723 Burlington Street.
Supreme Court Ruling:
Click on the link below to go to the DNR website to look up wells. At the bottom of the page you can access On-line Options and Information which has forms you may need to change ownership, making a well inactive, modification, etc.
*Please note that beginning in 2018, both the Owner and Operator may be required to sign the form.
Chemigation Form located at the top right of this page under DOWNLOAD FORMS
Click on the link with the compatible excel for your computer and enable editing on the bar at the top. Choose meter type, type in Field Name and click on Make Field. At the bottom of the screen is a tab with the Field Name you just entered. Click on that and it will take you into the calculator sheet.
UNL link to simple version: http://cropwatch.unl.edu/irrigationmetercalculator
This University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension App will help irrigators calculate the amount of water pumped by their irrigation pumping plant.
The Water Meter Calculator App allows the user to store data, such as field size in acres, flow meter units and allocation and annual irrigation caps for each field.
The app is available for download at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for $1.99.