2017 Irrigation Management Field DAy

Irrigation is an extremely important element of Nebraska's economy.
Join us August 30, 2017 for a day dedicated to technologies and methods that improve irrigation management.

RSVP at our Facebook Event Irrigation Field Day.

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Who Is coming

Ben Buckner


Change afoot in World Grain Markets

Keynote Speaker

Working for AgResource since 2008, Ben Buckner is a specialist in grain markets. Originally from Tennessee, and the grandson of a dairy farmer, Ben holds a B.A. in economics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He began his career in 2005, and his expertise includes wheat and corn supply and demand, international macroeconomic trends, and he has conducted crop tours all over the Midwest for several years. He has presented for farm groups, at Iowa State University and, most recently, at a newly opened port facility in Szczecin, Poland.

Dr. Olivia Kellner

Meterologist at Climate impact Company

Using Weather Forecasts to Manage Farm/Fields

Keynote Speaker

Olivia Kellner is from a small rural community outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her B.S. in Operational Meteorology and Climatology in 2008 from Ball State University, her M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue in 2011, and her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science with a focus in applied climatology and agriculture from Purdue in 2015. While in graduate school at Purdue, she worked under the guidance of Indiana’s State Climatologist, Dr. Niyogi, and has been actively involved in applied climate outreach since 2013. 

Olivia joined Climate Impact Company as a climatologist in 2015.  She has also worked for the National Weather Service as an Intern Meteorologist, as Staff Scientist at an environmental consulting firm, and as a climatologist for the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and the Illinois State Water Survey.  Her research interests include agricultural meteorology and climatology, severe convective weather, land-surface interactions, and climate science education. Through her outreach, she hopes to the share basic science behind the earth-atmosphere system so that individuals can better understand the impacts their actions have on the natural climate system.



Creating Irrigation Management Zones

Barker, is from Fruit Heights, Utah, and his research focuses on improving spatial irrigation management with the intent of more optimal use of water. He is a collaborator on a multidisciplinary university research project, in which he’s investigating the impact of alternative conservation practices on soil moisture available for crop production.

As a research assistant at Utah State University, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees, Barker focused on measuring crop water use.



Imagery & Irrigation

Nate has a wealth of experience in remote sensing, especially within the agriculture industry. This includes his extensive aeroptic expertise and a background in delivering remote sensing based services, and is uniquely positioned to service the agriculture, forestry, and natural resources sector.

Aeroptic’s aerial remote sensing services for precision agriculture are very low cost, highly accurate, provide consistent results, allow for rapid assessments, and have a broad range of applications. Modern precision agriculture relies on site-specific management tactics to maximize yield and resources while reducing environmental impacts such as over-fertilization and the broad applications of pesticides. Pinpointing areas that require attention – be it water, weed, pathogen treatment, or nutrient adjustments allows for spot applications rather than whole-field treatment which results in significant cost savings while improving crop yields.



Pesticide & Herbicide Resistance

B. S., Plant Protection, University of Belgrade, 1986
M. S., Crop Science (Weed Science), University of Guelph, 1993
Ph.D., Agronomy (Weed Science), Kansas State University, 1997
Area of Focus: Integrated Weed Management

Stevan says “The objective of my research program is to develop weed control strategies based on a multidisciplinary approach that builds bridges among scientific disciplines, especially between weed/crop ecology and herbicide technology. A single weed control measure is not feasible due to the number of different weed species and their highly variable life cycles. My program, therefore, advocates a combination of weed control methods (the use of many "little hammers"). We conduct weed control studies in field crops (conventional and organic), rangeland, pasture and riparian settings.” - quoted from the UNL website.



NRD Water Detection & Management Programs

Sarah Nevison grew up in Minnesota where she earned her undergraduate degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota.  She has worked across the country researching wildlife and ecosystems, with specific interest in ecology and conservation.  She is completing her Master of Science degree from South Dakota State University and is excited to work at the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District in O’Neill, NE as the Water Resources manager, where she mitigates groundwater quality and quantity issues on the local level.  She will be speaking about Upper Elkhorn NRD water detection and management programs.

Mike Defrank

GeneSyS Sprinkler in field Demonstration

Wayne Woldt

Vertical take off Drone demonstration

Ryan Hemenway

EBee Uas Demonstration


Midplains Ag

We are a local ag service company that specializes in soil sampling for fertility and UAS imagery for plant health. We also service the irrigation industry with flowmeters and soil moisture probes with telemetry.


AgSense represents the revolution in using cellular & GPS technology to manage ag production. Because of our turnkey solutions, we are able to bring farmers a superior solution at a competitive price. Our in-house design, assembly, sales, software development, and customer service departments help ensure that we’re quick to act and innovate.

Jain Irrigation, Inc

A manufacturer of quality drip irrigation products for the agricultural, turf, greenhouse, nursery, industrial and landscape markets. We have been a leader in the industry for over 30 years offering the widest selection of micro-irrigation products.

Hide GrainBridge

Provides the industry's leading web-based risk management & planning software which allows our agriculture customers a convenient and comprehensive solution to organize every aspect of the farm's operations. With market prices updated daily, you will instantly know where your business stands from a profitability perspective at all times.

Farmers Business Network

Farmers Business Network strives to provide independent and unbiased benchmarking for your monitor data. Taking your seed variety, soil type, and location and comparing the yields to others to help determine the best seeds to provide the optimum return. 

Hide Eco-Drip

A full service subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) company specializing in design, installation, and support of SDI solutions for irrigation and fertigation.  Eco-Drip is 80 employees strong with specialists in design, service, fertigation, and moisture management.  We believe in not only providing our producers with a superior irrigation system, but also guiding them as they learn to utilize their new system.


The complexity of the crop insurance industry demands proactive as well as innovative solutions. That’s why AgRisk Management Technologies (ARMtech) was created. ARMtech has blended extensive agribusiness experience with insurance expertise and high-tech software development. ARMtech was founded in 1996 and revolutionized crop insurance industry software. The company then entered the crop insurance services business in 1999 as a Texas based managing general agency. ARMtech Insurance Services is the 5th largest writer of federally-sponsored crop insurance.In today’s competitive agribusiness environment, knowledge is power and ARMtech provides it!

Green Line Equipment

A progressive and growing nine store John Deere dealership in central and northeast Nebraska. We seek to maintain a working knowledge of local farming conditions, methods, and opportunities; to provide high quality equipment and trained personnel needed to service farm equipment; and to offer prompt and efficient service that our customers rely on daily.

Nelson Irrigation Corp

Recognized as a world leader in quality and innovation, we focus on providing exceptional products – including Rotator® Sprinklers, Control Valves, Pressure Regulators, and Big Gun® Sprinklers – for agricultural and industrial applications.

Hide Nebraska Corn Growers Association

The mission of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) is to create and increase opportunities for corn farmers through advocacy, education, partnerships and leadership development. The mission of the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) is to develop, carry out and participate in programs of research, education, market development and promotion to enhance profitability (viability) and expand the demand and value of Nebraska corn and value-added corn products.

Labre Crop Consulting

An independent consulting company dedicated to providing our customer with quality information. We work primarily in soil fertility and Precision Ag data which includes imagery and crop reflectance properties.

Hide Midwest Laboratories

Tim Mundorf is the Field Representative and Precision Ag Specialist for Midwest Laboratories.  He is also a Certified Crop Advisor. Midwest Laboratories is a large soil, feed, food, and environmental testing laboratory located in Omaha, NE.  They have been in business since 1975 and are one of the largest soil testing laboratories in the world processing over 1 million soil samples each year.

Hide AquaCheck USA

AquaCheck provides economical high quality soil moisture probes built to the highest standards in the industry. In addition they can provide the AquaCheck Rover platform which allows up to 10 probes to transmit to one central RTU to significantly reduce the cost per installation.

Rabo AgriFinance

We're a strong, stable financial partner for your business, farm, and family. Rabo AgriFinance is fully backed by the strength and stability of the Rabobank Group - ranked one of the world's safest banks by Global Finance magazine.


CropX Ltd., an ag-analytics company, develops cloud based software solutions integrated with wireless sensors, which boosts crops yield and saves water and energy. It offers advanced adaptive irrigation software service that delivers crop yield increase, and water and energy cost saving services while conserving the environment. The company also generates irrigation maps and automatically applies the right amount of water to different parts of the same field. It serves farmers worldwide. CropX Ltd. was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel with an additional office in San Francisco, California.


At Channel we know the importance of staying connected and getting our boots dirty all season long. As seed experts, we look to get the most out of your fields by putting ourselves in them throughout the season. Come meet your local expert at 2017 Irrigation Field Day.

Hide Starman Seed Service, Inc

A family-owned business in Elgin, NE for the past 20 years.  We are sales representatives for Pioneer Hi-bred International, Inc.® and offer the full line-up of top-yielding, industry-leading corn hybrids, soybean varieties and alfalfa. Technologies include Herculex I®, Herculex Xtra®, Aquamax® drought tolerance, Roundup Ready 2Xtend® soybeans, Plenish® High-Oleic soybeans, along with many other technologies. We offer seed delivery, bulk seed tenders, soybean seed treatment, yield-mapping and as-planted maps, seed prescriptions, and field planning and recommendations. We are also the authorized dealers for Aquaspy® soil moisture probes. We offer installation, service and removal of the probes and agronomic expertise to help interpret the information as well as crop scouting and consulting on a fulltime basis or as needed.

Hide Andrew Nathan - Cargill

Andrew Nathan, Farm Marketer of Cargill-Albion, has been working in the area since 2009 to manage risk and develop marketing solutions to help farmers prosper.

Hide Central Valley Ag & FieldWise, LLC

Central Valley Ag and FieldWise LLC have worked together this last season on Pivot Control systems and Moisture Probes. A huge benefit is that FieldWise is a local business based out of Ewing, NE that is devoted to improving productivity and efficiency for its customers while keeping its products environmentally friendly and affordable. They strive to secure customer’s loyalty through top quality service and exceptional products.  At Central Valley Ag, we take our mission seriously. Every single day we aspire to provide innovative solutions that yield a profit for you, our customers.  The agricultural world is changing all around us, and we must look toward the future to continue to provide the best agronomy, energy, feed and grain products and services.

Hide Crossroads GPS, Inc

Dedicated to bringing efficiency to your operation through Precision Ag equipment and unparalleled customer service.  We work with the top names in Precision Ag to provide you with solutions that work for you.

Sargent Irrigation Company

Sargent Irrigation Company is one of the largest privately owned water well drilling companies in the world. Built on 50 years of experience, Sargent products and services provide daily water around the world.

Commodity Solutions

Commodity Solutions is a diversified agricultural commodities firm located in eastern Nebraska. Our business includes a full service futures and options brokerage firm, licensed Nebraska grain dealer and merchandiser of feed commodities to the livestock industry. Commodity solutions is committed to the ever changing needs of our clients and strives to provide value-added market intelligence, efficient brokerage execution and prompt personal service.

Hide Grosch Irrigation Co., Inc

Offering products such as Flowserve (Western Land Roller) Turbine pumps, US & GE Electric Holo Shaft Motors, Amarillo Gear Drives, and McCrometer Flow Meters. Offering services like well drilling, pump sales & services, test holes, efficiency checks, and down hole video.

 Ag Resource

 Big Red Motorsports

 Cabin Realty & Ag Service
 Ferguson Ag
 Go DigiFarm
 Lower Elkhorn NRD
 Meisinger Oil
 Pitzer Digital
Two Rivers Irrigation
 Upper Elkhorn NRD

Reinke's Farm & City Services



Applied Connective






Schedule of Events
August 30, 2017

~ 8:30 AM - Registration Opens
9:00 - Welcome & Herbicide and Pesticide Resistance / UAV Demo
10:00 - Developing Irrigation Management Zones
11:00 - Change afoot in World Grain Markets
11:30 - Field Tour

 Noon Break
Lunch will be available from 11:30 AM - 2PM
Sponsored by Nebraska Soybean Board

12:00 - The Fastest 30 Minutes in Agriculture
1:00 - Weather Forcasts in Farm/Field Management
1:30 - Field Tours
2:00 - NRD Water Detection and Management Programs
3:00 - Herbicide and Pesticide Resistance/ UAV Demo


The 2017 Irrigation Management Field Day will take place near the main offices of Midplains Ag & Holdt Farms.

Parking will be announced closer to the day of and will be marked by signs the day of.

Google Maps Directions to the Field Day:

Driving south through Elgin, Nebraska:
Driving north through Albion, Nebraska:
Driving east through Bartlett, Nebraska:

There is a designated parking area near the event.