A water conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is focusing on the impacts of last year’s drought, how it compares to past droughts and what to do going forward to minimize the impact on agriculture and water.
UNL Vice Chancellor Dr. Ronnie Green says the use of technology and practices has helped producers weather the drought and in some cases, thrive.
“Irrigators are using much more sophisticated irrigation techniques than we used a decade ago, than we used 15 years ago,” Green says. “Use of soil moisture monitoring and recording to better anticipate actual water needs.”
Green says researchers and producers need to adapt to a changing climate.
“We’re going to have to continue to build and improve our technologies and best use of those technologies in the field in order to be able to meet the targets that are out there ahead with what could be more variability in the climate,” Green says.
Green says by targeting water usage and employing the best management practices, farmers are able to get the most use of their inputs while conserving water and being able to get good yields.
The three-day event wraps up today. It’s being co-sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Water for Food Institute.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton