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Monday
Jan132014

Soil Testing—what is it all about?

Have you ever had your soil tested?  Should you?  Here are some good reasons why you should have a soil test performed.
1. Soil testing is an important diagnostic tool to evaluate nutrient imbalances and understand plant growth.   
2. Testing the soil provides a basis for intelligent application of fertilizer and lime. 
3. Testing also allows for growers and homeowners to maintain a soil pH in the optimum range (6.0-7.0), which keeps nutrients more available to the plant for growth. 
4. Protection of our environment for we cannot afford to pollute our surface and ground waters by indiscriminate application of phosphorous or nitrogen fertilizers, for example. 
5. Cost savings - Why apply what you don't need? Soil test results provide information about the soil's ability to supply nutrients to plants for adequate growth, and are the basis of deciding how much lime and fertilizer are needed.

When do I soil test?  Sampling can be done at any time, but late October or early November is usually preferable. Avoid sampling when the soil is very wet or recently limed or fertilized.

What tests are performed? The basic soil test results will tell you the pH of the soil, organic matter (nutrient holding capacity), available phosphorous (P), and available potassium (K).  The soil may also be tested for Nitrate (N), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), sulfur (S), boron (B), manganese (Mn) and zinc (Zn).  

Who takes the soil samples?  Your local County Extension offices can instruct you on how to take samples yourself.  There are businesses that you can contact that will obtain the sample for you, one such group is your local Farmer’s Coop.

The Upper Loup Natural Resources District (ULNRD) understands the importance of soil testing and has a cost-share program to help land owners defray part of the costs associated with testing.  For more information or to obtain a cost-share application you can contact our office at 308-645-2250.

Tuesday
Nov122013

Attention Groundwater Irrigator’s in the Upper Loup NRD District. Funds are still available but time to reserve flowmeters is running short…

Flow meters are a valuable tool for providing producers with information about the total amount of irrigation water being applied.With rising input costs and uncertain markets, eliminating guesswork is a top priority for irrigators.  Knowing the exact amount of irrigation water applied to a crop through its growing season can aid the producer in making money-saving management decisions.  Flowmeters accurately record the amount of water pumped from a well or through an irrigation system.  This information can be used to check efficiency, and can save as a watchdog device by detecting well and pump problems.

Data collected from the flowmeters also helps the NRD determine the amount of water being withdrawn from the aquifer across the district and provide information useful to future groundwater modeling efforts.  Due to the increasing demands of water for irrigation it is important that long-term water usage is managed in a sustainable and equitable way. Effective groundwater irrigation management begins with accurate water use measurements. Quantifying the amount of groundwater utilized for irrigation is essential for water and nitrate management. Currently most of the data is manually recorded by farmers which could result in irregular reporting and is subject to human errors.

With help from a Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant, the Upper Loup has cost share dollars devoted to the purchase of flowmeters for producers in our District.  Any legally registered and actively pumping irrigation well that was drilled prior to 2008 and is not associated with new irrigated acres for in years 2013 and 2014 are eligible.  Producers have until April 30, 2014 to install the flowmeter but need to make requests for the meters as soon as possible so that we may properly allocate the funds for the flowmeters.  This is a first come first serve program and only has funding for approximately 30 more meters. The NRD will reimburse you 100% of the actual cost of an impeller driving flowmeter up to $1,700.00.  As a condition of receiving a flowmeter the participating landowner agrees to pay for taxes on the meter,  installation fees  and allow the District access to the monitoring site so that the meter can be read in the fall or at the end of the irrigation season.  If you would like to reserve your meter(s) please call our office at 308-645-2250 or contact us by email at abaum@upperloupnrd.org.

Tuesday
Oct082013

Work to Update Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan Beginning

Effort Being Led by Upper Loup NRD

Thedford, Nebraska – For every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $4 in post storm cleanup and rebuilding is saved, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Proactive hazard mitigation planning allows a community to take actions to reduce or eliminate threats from natural disasters. To help guide future hazard mitigation projects, Upper Loup Natural Resource District is undertaking an effort to update the region’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, originally approved by FEMA in August of 2009. Hazard mitigation plans (HMP) are a requirement of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, administered by FEMA, and once a community, county, or district is part of an approved plan they become eligible for up to a 75% cost share for a wide variety of projects listed in the plan. Hazard Mitigation Plans are required to be updated on a five-year cycle and the current Upper Loup Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan will expire August 2014.

A hazard mitigation plan is a publicly-guided document that identifies vulnerability to natural disasters such as flood, drought, earthquake, wildfire, winter storm, tornado/high wind storm, dam failure, etc. The plan establishes goals, outlines specific mitigation options, and prioritizes projects which may reduce or eliminate loss of life and potential damages to property when future disasters occur.

This planning effort is being guided by a Planning Team consisting of representatives from the NRD, counties, and some jurisdiction in the plan area as well as representatives from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Public input will be gathered throughout the duration of the plan development through online tools and public meetings. All communities, public school districts, and other taxing authorities within the NRD are eligible to participate.

The Upper Loup Natural Resource District has hired JEO Consulting Group, Inc. (JEO) to assist with the plan development over the next 12 to 16 months. JEO assisted in completing the district’s current Hazard Mitigation Plan. This hazard mitigation plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant. The cost is shared 75% through federal funding and 25% through a local match provided by the Upper Loup Natural Resources District.

For more information on this planning effort, contact Anna Baum, Upper Loup NRD General Manager, at 308.645.2250 or by email at abaum@upperloupnrd.org.

Tuesday
May212013

Proposed 2013 Rules and Regulations

The Upper Loup NRD will be conducting a public hearing July 11, 2013 to receive public testimony on a proposed amendment to its Gound Water Area Rules and Regulations. The change is to move up the due date for any "Expansion of Irrigated Acres" application from December 31st of each year to September 30th of each year. You can review a full text copy of the amended Groundwater Rules and Regulations by clicking on the below link or by requesting one from our office.

*UPDATE July 12, 2013: The date change was approved. The link below is the updated Groundwater Rules and Regulations.

2013 Revised Rules and Regulations

Tuesday
Apr302013

ULNRD Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Upper Loup Natural Resources District announced today that it will receive $100,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Groundwater Irrigation Management Program”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 4, 2013 in Lincoln.

Funding is being sought from the Environmental Trust to help provide a portion of the monies needed to offer flowmeters and crop water sensors to irrigators. Having this technology in place will help to increase understanding of groundwater irrigation occurring in the Upper Loup Natural Resources District (ULNRD) as well as help irrigators to conserve water by managing water application practices. This project addresses several of the trust’s priorities in regards to water use. There is limited information available regarding the total amounts of irrigation taking place across the District. Due to the increasing demands of water for irrigation it is important that long-term water usage is managed in a sustainable and equitable way. Effective groundwater irrigation management begins with accurate water use measurements. Quantifying the amount of groundwater utilized for irrigation is essential for water and nitrate management. Currently data is manually recorded by farmers resulting in irregular reporting and is subject to human errors. We are looking at the Trust to help provide funds for the flowmeter portion of this project. The placement of flowmeters on wells, which qualified District personnel will read, will ensure the accuracy of the data collected.

The ULNRD is also involved with the Elkhorn Loup Modeling (ELM) Project, which heavily relies on irrigation pumping figures and having accurate data is absolutely imperative to ensuring the accuracy and replicability of the numerical groundwater model. The ULNRD wants to use the best scientifically-based management practices to deal with current and future groundwater management needs and feels that this project will provide key information when developing groundwater policy.