The deadline for renewal chemigation applications is June 1! Anyone wishing to run fertilizer/chemicals through their center pivot irrigation system will need to submit an application for chemigation to the Natural Resources District. Renewal Chemigation Applications were mailed out in January to Cooperators who permitted chemigation sites within the Upper Elkhorn NRD in 2020. These forms must be completed and returned with the appropriate fee by June 1 to the Upper Elkhorn NRD to maintain their renewal status. Renewal applications will cost $20; New applications will cost $40 per site and must be approved by NRD personnel before any chemigation activity; and, Emergency applications will cost $100. Chemigation forms are available at the Upper Elkhorn NRD office and NRCS Office in Neligh or on line at www.uenrd.org. These forms may be filled out online, printed and returned to the NRD office with the appropriate fee. Remember, it is the responsibility of each chemigator to maintain and permit each chemigation site on an annual basis. For further information or questions, please contact the Upper Elkhorn NRD, (402) 336-3867.
Nebraska Envirothon a Success at Lake Wanahoo
Nebraska – High schoolers from across Nebraska – and a few pelicans – descended on Lake Wanahoo for the 29th annual Nebraska State Envirothon April 28. Ord High School took home the championship along with $1,500 and will represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon in July.
Envirothon is an environmental education program for high school students that combines classroom learning and outdoor activities. This year’s competition was hosted at the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District’s Lake Wanahoo near Wahoo. “Envirothon allows students to get outdoors and learn about natural resources in a hands-on environment,” said Jim Eschliman, Nebraska Association of Resources Districts president. “The activities are designed to help students become environmentally-aware, action-oriented adults, but also exposes them to many exciting career opportunities.”
During the state competition, five-member teams were tested on their knowledge of aquatics, forestry, policy, range, soils and wildlife, as well as prepared and delivered an oral presentation focusing on a current environmental issue.
The 2021 oral presentation theme “Water Resources Management: Local Control, Local Solutions” challenged teams to propose a solution on a complex problem before a panel of judges.
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation awarded cash prizes to the top three winning teams at the state competition:
- First Place ($1,500): Ord
- Second Place ($1,000): Norris Team 2
- Third Place ($500): Arthur County
Additional prizes were awarded to the top teams in each testing category:
- Aquatics: Norris Team 2
- Forestry: Pender
- Policy: Arthur County, Norris Team 1 and St. Paul
- Range: Ord
- Soils: Ord and St. Paul
- Wildlife: Norris Team 2
- Oral Presentation: Concordia
More than 75 teams competed in the regional contests between Feb. 3-5, and 14 teams qualified to participate at the state competition. Ord will represent Nebraska at the NCF-Envirothon July 25-28, to compete for a top prize of $15,000. The international NCF-Envirothon will be hosted virtually by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts and will include more than 40 teams from the U.S., Canada and China.
Learn more about the Nebraska Envirothon at www.nrdnet.org/nebraska-envirothon.
Upper Elkhorn NRD Awards 2021 Senior Scholarships
Each year the Upper Elkhorn NRD awards three scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the district. These are students who have chosen to pursue a career in a field related to agriculture, natural resources or the environment. This year’s recipients are Kirsten Krebs of Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School; Brooke Ehlers of Chambers High School; Morgan Erhardt of Summerland Public School; and, alternate Emily Fischer of Plainview High School. Kirsten is the daughter of Jeff and Lynette Krebs and is planning a career in Veterinary Science while attending Southeast Community College. Brooke, the daughter of Matt and Heidi Ehlers, has chosen a career in Animal Science and plans on attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Morgan Erhardt, the daughter of Lyle and Twyla, is also planning a career in the Veterinary Science field at UNL or Iowa State University. The alternate, Emily Fischer, with the help of Matt Fischer and Julie Brookhouser, is planning to study pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Scholarship winners will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500 to help defer costs during their first year of College. The Upper Elkhorn NRD would like to congratulate the 2021 Senior Scholarship Winners and wish them good luck in achieving their future goals.
Deadline Looming to Certify Groundwater
Irrigated Acres Within the Upper Elkhorn NRD
The Upper Elkhorn NRD has begun sending out Final Notices for the Certification of Groundwater Irrigated Acres. We encourage anyone receiving their Final Notice to get their Groundwater Irrigated Acres certified by the end of the year. Anyone who does not certify their groundwater irrigated acres once with the Upper Elkhorn NRD risks the chance of losing their ability to irrigate using groundwater. The UENRD began certifying groundwater irrigated acres in 2011 and estimates that there are approximately 50,000 acres that still need to be certified; and, it is imperative that you certify your groundwater irrigated acres to preserve your right to irrigate those acres in the future. You can review all the Groundwater Irrigated Acre Certification information on the UENRD website at https://www.uenrd.org/_storage/pagefiles/cert_irr_acre_process.pdf. This process is separate from certifying your acres annually with the USDA Farm Service Agency and is required only once with the Upper Elkhorn NRD.
Landowners who fail to certify their groundwater irrigated acres not only risk the chance of not being able to irrigate those aces; but, they will also not be eligible to participate in Upper Elkhorn NRD programs. This would include the Expansion of Groundwater Irrigated Acres, Groundwater Irrigated Acre Transfers or be eligible for UENRD cost share.