GRAND ISLAND - Irrigators within the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) are required to submit their annual crop reports for nitrogen management online at cpnrd.gisworkshop.com by March 31, 2021.
The crop reports are required for producers in Phases II/III 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.
The online report form requires producers to provide all crops grown and actual yields for 2020. Those who grow corn, sorghum and potatoes must also list fertilizer applied as pre-emergent or side dress and irrigation water applied. They must also report crops to be grown in 2021, 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 their form by March 31st will be in violation of the CPNRD Rules and Regulations. Violations will be enforced prior to the 2021 irrigation season with potential fines ranging $1,000 - $5,000 per violation and/or loss of irrigated acres, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring irrigated acres.