GRAND ISLAND - Irrigators within the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Nitrogen Management Phase 2 and 3 areas are required to submit their annual crop reports for nitrogen management online at cpnrd.gisworkshop.com by March 31, 2020. The deadline was set for March 31st to allow producers to utilize UNL’s nitrogen recommendation for the 2020 irrigation season; which produces a recommendation for each field as users enter their data.
The crop reports are required for the Nitrogen Management Phase 2 and 3 areas as part of the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program. The Program is set up as a long-term solution to monitor and reduce high groundwater nitrate levels within the District. The Program is having a beneficial impact on the nitrate levels in groundwater. Producers have been instrumental in the success of the program by implementing best management practices and newer more efficient technologies. Average nitrate levels throughout the District have been reduced from 19 parts per million (ppm) to 13 ppm since the Program was implemented in 1987.
On the reporting form, irrigators are required to provide all crops grown and actual yields for 2019. Those who grow corn, sorghum and potatoes must also list fertilizer applied as pre-emergent or side dress, irrigation water applied, and legal description of wells irrigating the crop. Producers are also required to report the crop to be grown in 2020, expected yields, water and soil test results, credits for past legume crop and manure/sludge, and UNL’s recommended nitrogen application rate.
Producers who do not submit the report forms by the March 31st deadline will be in violation of the CPNRD Rules and Regulations. Violations will be enforced prior to the 2020 irrigation season. Cease and Desist orders will be mailed to producers who fail to submit forms by the March 31st deadline. Potential penalties for violation are the possibility of a fine ranging $1,000 - $5,000 per violation and/or loss of irrigated acres, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring irrigated acres.