The Little Blue NRD will host a Soil and Water Conference in Davenport, Jan. 4, at the Community Building, beginning at 10 a.m. This is the second year of this type of conference at which producers can learn new ideas from presenters and also get a chance to talk to local ag exhibitors.
Producers deal with challenges from weather concerns, plant conditions and fertilizer applications and costs. Today's technology and new research can help in easing these concerns, and some of that information will be shared at the upcoming NRD meeting.
A representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will talk about fertilizer applications on lawns and cropland.
Also, there will be information on how upcoming weather patterns will affect farming practices.
Other topics include: predicting your corn yield with UNL Hybrid-Maize and interpreting soil sample results. Ever wonder how the fertilizer recommendations are formulated or what micro-nutrients should I be soil sampling for? Presenters at the conference will explain what is needed and what could be unnecessary soil tests.
You can also hear about a recently completed water study conducted for the Little Blue NRD. The district's board has changed the rules on well permitting pertaining to these maps and a rating system are being used on each well permit. NRD staff will show how the point system works and you can even get your property analyzed.
The NRD and UNL Extension have been working with cooperators within the areas to improve irrigation management. Producers have been using crop ET (evaporation-transpiration) information, soil moisture sensors and data loggers to assist in making timely irrigation. Information and cost-share sheets will be available at this conference.
A free lunch will be served. If you plan on attending, contact the NRD office at 402-364-2145 or email [email protected] by Dec. 27, 2011, for a meal count.