UNL Extension: Time to evaluate your irrigation system

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STEVE MELVIN, EXTENSION EDUCATOR IRRIGATED CROPPING SYSTEMS By this time of year, everyone is ready to be done irrigating; however, now is the perfect time to evaluate your irrigation equipment and the crop it irrigated to see what needs to be fixed or improved before the start of next season.

Many pivot service providers have excellent off-season service specials; however, some problems can only be diagnosed while the system is operating and before the crop is harvested. During the last irrigations, take a close look at how the equipment is working as well as how uniformly the crop was watered. Before you shut down your systems for the season, take time to check them out and make a list of what needs to be fixed or improved to increase irrigation performance for the next season.


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