Who Was There
Dr. Chuck Hibberd
UNL Dean of Extension
Role of Nebraska Extension
Chuck Hibberd is originally from Lexington, NE and a UNL graduate. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University in animal science. Chuck previously served as District Director at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center and Director of Extension at Purdue University. Chuck has served as Dean and Director of Nebraska Extension since 2012.
PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Soil Water Sensor Technologies
Daran Rudnick is an Assistant Professor and Irrigation Management Specialist located at the West Central Research and Extension Center. Daran received his master’s and PhD from UNL in Biological Systems Engineering where he specialized in soil water monitoring technologies and deficit irrigation management strategies. Daran assumed his current role in 2015.
Al Dutcher's Weather Forecast
Al Dutcher received his BS and MS degrees in Meteorology from Iowa State University. He currently serves in the Nebraska State Climate Office where he has worked since 1991. Al provides regular climate updates and predictions on the UNL Market Journal program. Al’s interests include a broad range of climate services including drought monitoring, crop yield-climate relationships and weather forecasting.
Phd Student in Biological Systems Engineering
Developing Management Zones
Tsz Him (Himmy) Lo is a PhD student in Biological Systems Engineering who has worked on methods for managing variable rate irrigation systems based on soil water holding capacity variation within an irrigated field. Himmy’s MS work analyzed the use of available soil water on over 49,000 center pivots based on soil textural differences.
Professor of Biological Systems Engineering
Variable Frequency Drives
Bill Kranz has served as a Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Extension Irrigation Specialist since 1985. He earned his college degrees from SDSU, UNL and ISU in Agricultural Engineering. Bill’s research and extension interests involve irrigation water management practices for corn and soybeans and energy conservation practices for center pivot irrigation systems.
Panel Of Speakers
Incentives for Water Management Technologies