- Created: Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:57
Phelps-Gosper Water Use Hotline will be available for irrigators from June 5th through September 1st, 2017. This hotline allows the public free access to data from automated weather stations and EvapoTranspiration (ET) information relating to current crop growth conditions and irrigation input data.
Updated Hotline information is available 24 hours a day and provides data from five local automated weather station locations. Our local Nebraska automated weather data network stations have new names this year; the names reflect mileage and direction from the nearest village, city, town, or post office. The Nebraska State Climate Office renamed Nebraska locations to align with other cooperating states. Although our five local automated weather data stations now have new names, the actual automated data collection locations remain the same as previous years.
The reference location names are: Ragan 5W (previously Holdrege); Holdrege 5N (previously Holdrege 4N); Lexington 4S (previously Lexington); Axtell (previously Minden); and Smithfield 2E previously Smithfield). The hotline phone numbers are 308-995- 2255 or 1-800- 993-2507 (toll-free).
Crop Water Use information is also available on the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District website: www.cnppid.com. Click on News & info, then click on Weather/ET Data.
Corn growth staging is based on May 10 emergence, while soybean growth staging is based on May 20th emergence. Updated crop data includes: crop water daily use; average 3-day and 1 week water use; and accumulated growing degree days (GDD). Crops include: corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, wheat and alfalfa.
The Water Use Hotline is funded by Tri-Basin Natural Resources District and Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District. Recording support is provided by Nebraska Extension – Phelps-Gosper offices. For more information regarding name changes of local automated weather data network stations, contact the Extension office at 308-995- 4222.