A second year of Irrigation Field Day was hosted by Mid Plains Ag in efforts to provide free education to local farmers.
In 2016, Mid Plains began this event as a way to showcase the many tools available to irrigators in the area, and provide free education to the farmers about current trends and tools that are happening in the industry. To help provide the attendees with the best and up to date information, Mid Plains collaborated with the University of Nebraska Lincoln - Extension to provide educational speakers from UNL and others in the industry.
At Mid Plains Ag, their passion is in the agriculture and environment. By hosting this educational event, they were able to provide local farmers an opportunity to learn more about the tools to help minimize their effect on the environment and optimize their bottom line.
To help with this cause, they brought in five different speakers to present on various topics relevant to agriculture. The speakers covered subjects on pesticide and herbicide resistance, different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, agriculture markets, and how using weather forecasts to manage farm fields. These presentations were to help farmers better understand the purpose of their local NRD’s and help them navigate the various rules and regulations that exist or may exist in the future to help maintain water quality and quantity.
Each of these presentations were helpful to the irrigators, but the biggest draw of the day was Stevan Knezevic, Professor of Agronomy Department at UNL. His presentation of Pesticide and Herbicide Resistance was received very well because this topic is very popular within farmers right now. Along with the presentations, Badang catering, provided by Troy Watson of Orchard, provided a brisket dinner for everyone who attended. As well as various ag vendors who presented their products to the farmers and each of the tools they have to offer.
Tiffany Hemenway of Midplains explained, “I really enjoyed the lunch provided and our speaker about climate and weather. Dr. Olivia Kellner did a great job of explaining how weather and climate forecasts are developed and how we can use them to better manage our irrigation.”
There is no doubt that each farmer who attended left with more information on how to better their irrigation and farms. As of now, Mid Plains is evaluating their success of the last two years. They hope to continue to be able to provide the free educational event in the future but they would like some more attendee feedback to see what they can better for the future.