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Using Google Earth imagery, Matt Joeckel and Les Howard of the Conservation and Survey Division at the School of Natural Resources discovered an unusual natural patterning of the land surface, called gilgai, for the first time in Nebraska.

Unusual land-surface patterning identified in Nebraska for first time

Using Google Earth imagery, Matt Joeckel and Les Howard of the Conservation and Survey Division at the School of Natural Resources discovered an unusual natural patterning of the land surface, called gilgai, for the first time in Nebraska. (5/1/2018)
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Unlike news reports coming out of Colorado and Kansas, Nebraska isn

Nebraska sees modest groundwater decline

Unlike news reports coming out of Colorado and Kansas, Nebraska isn't in danger of running out of groundwater from the High Plains Aquifer anytime soon. But the levels still are on average below pre-pumping water levels, according to the newest Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report. (3/13/2018)
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Joe Szilagyi has shown widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research.

Research shows large-scale irrigation reduces local precipitation

Joe Szilagyi has shown widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research. (2/27/2018)
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A new research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska seeks to deploy drones in search of improved crop irrigation efficiency. The funding provided by the half million-dollar grant will be used to explore using new aerial robotic technologies to help farmers make informed decisions about managing their complex center pivot irrigation systems.

Drones are buzzing toward increased crop production

A new research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska seeks to deploy drones in search of improved crop irrigation efficiency. The funding provided by the half million-dollar grant will be used to explore using new aerial robotic technologies to help farmers make informed decisions about managing their complex center pivot irrigation systems. (10/24/2017)
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Nebraska scholars have provided a novel approach for state water resource managers or city planners to estimate future consumptive water use - water that is not recycled - in residential areas in cities and small towns.

Husker research flows to help state's water management plan

Nebraska scholars have provided a novel approach for state water resource managers or city planners to estimate future consumptive water use - water that is not recycled - in residential areas in cities and small towns. (9/29/2017)
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