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April 2017

 4       Chemigation Training - 
                North Platte 1 PM CT

11      Chemigation Training - 
                 Valentine 1 PM CT

13      Board Meeting - 
                 ULNRD Office 7PM CT

22      Earth Day

28       Office Closed: Arbor Day

29      Boater Saftey- 
                 ULNRD Office 9 AM CT

May 2017

11       Board Meeting- 
                ULNRD Office 7 PM CT

29       Office Closed: Memorial Day 

 

June 2017

8              Board Meeting- 
                    ULNRD Office 7 PM CT

11-14       ACE Camp at 4-H Camp 
                    Halsey, NE

 

 

 

 


Thursday
Mar302017

WANTED: Weather Watchers

The Upper Loup NRD is in need of NeRAIN volunteers in all of our Counties (Grant, Hooker, Blaine, Brown, Cherry, Thomas, Logan, and McPherson). It only takes a few minutes a day to record measurements using backyard gauges provided to you at no cost. Some of you already collect this information on your own but you can now become part of the NeRAIN network that will affect local, state, and even National Weather Service reporting.

NeRAIN is an acronym that stands for the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network. This is a project that records and monitors precipitation trends across the state and has been funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Information gained is used for decision making in agriculture, industry, home water use, utility providers, insurance companies, resource managers, and educators. Nebraska has continued to battle drought in recent years and the NeRAIN project is one of many that help to expand our knowledge on the impact that precipitation events have on individual watersheds within Nebraska.

The Upper Loup NRD is providing participants with high quality precision rain gauges at no cost. In return, participants record precipitation measurements such as hail, rain and snow. Observers will also be asked to keep notes on storm details and characteristics and related weather conditions. The precipitation reports will be transmitted by computer using a web site designed to allow you to enter your precip data. For the data to be considered accurate and precise volunteers must understand that this is a long-term commitment of daily reporting.

To be a part of this unique project and to get your rain gauge contact the ULNRD office at 308-645-2250 and ask for Jake.

 

 

Thursday
Mar302017

Boater Saftey Education

   Boating Safety Courses teach students how to safely operate a motorized boat while following all rules and regulations. Topics covered include navigation and safe operation, Nebraska laws, and emergency preparedness. Anyone born after December 31, 1985 is required to successfully complete a Boating Safety Course and possess a course certificate while operating a boat or personal watercraft. You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska.
   A homestudy option boater safety course will be offered Saturday, April 29th from 9 am to 12pm CST at the ULNRD office. This course will require 3 hours of study prior to the 29th . Study materials are available online. The session on the 29th will then be a short review and test session. There is no fee to attend this training. Please preregister by April 21st by calling Kevin Bergstrom at 308-520-1031 or email kevin.j.bergstrom@nebraska.gov

Thursday
Feb092017

Chemigation Training for 2017

Chemigation is the injection and application of agricultural chemicals into an irrigation system to be applied to soil, crops, or both. Several irrigators across our district use chemigation to apply fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides to their fields. Chemigation insures that the rate of application is precise and the application timing is exactly when the plant needs it to maximize results.

A benefit of chemigation is that it can be used to apply nitrogen fertilizers. When this method is used, nitrate leaching is reduced as well as the possibility for nitrate contamination.

Chemigation also has its risks, including the protentional for accidental groundwater contamination through backflow into the well. Backflow happens when water and chemicals are siphoned back into the well when normal operations are interrupted. To avoid this contamination, the appropriate chemigation equipment and system must be set-up, operated and maintained. Without the right equipment, a chemigation permit will be denied.

State law requires that irrigators obtain a permit from the local Natural Resource District yearly before chemigation can begin. Permit fees are due by June 1 and expire at midnight May 31 the following year. To view the permit fees through the Upper Loup NRD please visit our website at www.upperloupnrd.org  or call the office at 308-645-2250.

New permits for wells must be inspected before a permit may be issued. If you will be putting in a new system, please contact Shane at 308-645-2250 to set up an appointment for inspection. Current chemigation systems need to be inspected every 3 years. The Upper Loup NRD will be mailing out renewal permits May 1, 2017 and are due back to the office NO LATER than June 1, if permits are not in the office by that date the operator will be considered non-compliant.

If you plan to apply chemicals, you MUST ATTEND one of the courses and pass a written exam to be certified. Certification is good for four years and can be renewed though a course. The local dates for chemigation training this year are:

Feb. 23, 9:00 AM @ Courthouse, Stapleton, contact Chuck Burr 308-696-6783

Feb. 27, 1:00 PM @ Custer County Fair Grounds, contact Troy Ingram 308-754-5422

Feb. 28, 1:00 PM @ West Central Res. & Ext Center, 402 West State Farm Rd, North Platte, contact Chuck Burr 308-696-6783

Mar. 1, 8:30 AM & 1:30 PM @ Extension Office, Alliance, contact John Thomas 308-762-5616

Mar. 10, 1:00 PM @ West Central Res & Ext Center, 402 West State Farm Road, contact Chuck Burr 308-696-6783

Wednesday
Feb012017

Tree Planting Services Available at Upper Loup NRD

Spring is fast approaching and so is tree planting season! The Upper Loup NRD provides many tree services from planning, planting, weed barrier installation or weed control, drip irrigation, and small acreage packages. Trees are important for the environment, they provide benefits such as producing shelter for livestock, supplying wildlife habitat, preventing soil erosion, increasing crop yields, and helping to reduce heating and cooling costs.

A wide variety of bareroot trees and shrubs are available for purchase through early May, a comprehensive list is on our website. If you aren’t sure what types of trees you would like, you may consider the popular acreage packages. Each package contains 10 trees of 5 different species suited for each purpose. The West package contains Colorado Blue Spruce, Rocky Mountain Juniper, Native Cottonwood, Sandcherry, and Gambel Oak trees. The East package offers Southwestern White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Swamp White Oak, Red-osier Dogwood, and Serviceberry trees. Another package is made up of trees especially suited for wildlife. Those trees include American Plum, Red-osier Dogwood, Woods Rose, Gambel Oak, and Sandcherry. The last package offered consists of flowering trees such as Nanking Cherry, Sandcherry, Serviceberry, Red-osier Dogwood, and Caragana.

Please call us at 308-645-2250 or visit our website at www.upperloupnrd.org and look under the Tree link for more information about prices, services, and species available.   

Monday
Dec192016

2017 Adventure Camp about the Environment Dates Announced

Nebraska’s NRDs announce the 2017 Adventure Camp about the Environment on June 11-14, 2017, at the 4-H Camp in Halsey, Nebraska. The four day camp is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Explore Nebraska’s natural resources with hands-on activities including fishing, water activities, zip line, and more! For more information contact the Upper Loup NRD or visit www.upperloupnrd.org and click on Camps & Scholarships under the Education tab.