Timing is everything in "making rain" for corn to grow. And UNL has done a lot of research on water-use efficiency with irrigation.
Learn a little bit from Nebraska corn farmer, Kyle Cantrell, about how irrigation works in this :30 second YouTube video
Here are some Nebraska irrigation facts from UNL's Ag Econ Department:
- Irrigation is a vital component of Nebraska’s productive agricultural economy.
- Irrigation begins with the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest aquifers. It covers about 174,000 square miles.
- Nebraska is the fourth largest user of groundwater in the nation behind California, Texas, and Arkansas.
- Of approximately 55 million acres under irrigation nationally, about 15% are located in Nebraska.
- About three out of eight cropland acres in Nebraska are under irrigation.
- Nebraska is the #1 irrigated corn state!