Channel Seedsman Matt Hasenauer, from North Platte, NE, talks about how he discusses irrigation management with his growers.
What conversations do you have with growers about irrigation management?
When it comes to managing irrigation, you know, I'm from Western Nebraska, there's lots of center pivot irrigation, there's abundant underground water supplies at this point. But they are restricted, we're trying to keep that resource available for as many years as we can possibly have. And a lot of growers need the assistance when it comes to how early do you turn that pivot on. I've got growers who are using water probes so we can kind of monitor rooting depth, and it's a lot more than just turn the pivot on and letting it go around. I mean there's trying to make sure that that plant is rooting down to take full advantage of the nutrients and the water in the full profile. So, you can over water and you can also under water. You know, if you're stressing that plant at key stages and you're inhibiting ear development, you can obviously lose a lot of bushels. So, irrigation management is important, it's big in our area, and I try really hard to help my growers know what other producers are doing. For example, using the water probes and for them to understand how you can visually see how far your plant is rooting down once you have access to some of those probes. So, we've had a lot of growers take on that bit of technology that weren't using it 5 to 10 years ago.