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The West Central Research Center has been doing work to expand the Nebraska Ag Water Management Network. Recently, ET gauges have been installed in several areas. These ET gauges approximate the water use of crops in the surrounding area and can give producers more insight into irrigation scheduling. They work by estimating the evapotranspiration rate of a fully mature alfalfa crop and then producers can multiply this number by a crop coefficient for their given crop and growth stage for individual modeling.

The ET gauges have been placed in Frontier, Perkins, Lincoln, Red Willow, Chase, Dundy, Hayes and Hitchcock Counties. For exact locations and crop coefficients visit the networks website at nawmn.unl.edu. Also, any further questions about using these ET gauges can be answered by Chuck Burr at the West Central Research Center by calling 308-696-6783 or Strahinja Stepanovic in Perkins County at 308-352-4340.

–UNL Extension


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