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Open house at new lab in Brule

LINCOLN, Neb. – Efficient water usage will be the emphasis of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension conference scheduled Sept. 1 at a new university facility in Brule.

The fifth annual Great Plains Conference on Improving Crop Water Productivity will be held at the West Central Water Resources Field Laboratory. There is no cost to attend the conference and a complimentary meal will be served.

The event opens at 8 a.m. (MDT) with registration at Purty Punkins, 350 Road West M South in Brule.

The morning agenda includes presentations by UNL hydrogeologist Jim Goeke, who will talk about the hydrogeologic framework in the area of the lab. He will be followed by Derrel Martin, irrigation and water resources engineer, who will discuss maximizing efficiency with center pivot irrigation.

Robert Klein, western Nebraska crops specialist, will talk about how to avoid water evaporation on corn, soybeans and wheat. Crop producer Jon Holzfaster of Paxton will discuss a producer’s perspective on Nebraska water issues. Also, UNL President James B. Milliken will discuss the university’s long-standing contributions to Nebraska agriculture through research as well as the continuing commitment to Nebraska water issues.

WRFL field tours will begin after lunch at 1 p.m.

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