Growers in the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will have an extra opportunity to learn useful info and earn certification for nitrogen use this spring. The NRD has added an additional training event on Thursday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holthus Convention Center (York).

Each year the NRD offers several training dates in...Read More
The M&M’s Team, a group of producers and an extension educator from the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, earned one of the top awards for the sprinkler corn competition in the 2020 Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program. The group made up of Jerry Stahr, Jenny Rees, Ron Makovicka and Stuart Spader won the Highest Input Use...Read More

NRD Receives Award from Regional Wetlands Organization

Nebraska's wetlands are a valuable resource when it comes to protecting groundwater quality and quantity. They also provide habitat for millions of birds and other wildlife each year. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) promotes the health of...Read More

Three new members took the oath of office to join the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District board of directors on Thursday, January 14. Newly elected members included Rodney Grotz, a farmer from York representing sub-district 7; ...Read More
Irrigation water use was down in the 2020 growing season in the district, according to Marie Krausnick, NRD water department manager. Despite some parts of the district experiencing lower than average in-season rainfall, the average irrigation use was 5.7” per acre. Based on historic water use data, the average water use is closer to 6.6” per acre...Read More

Local meetings open to individuals interested in setting natural resources goals for Nebraska.

York, Nebraska, 1/14/2021 - A Local Working Group that provides advice on the priorities for many U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs will meet February 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (virtually). Please contact Josh...Read More
Some forecasters are predicting lower than usual rainfall for Nebraska in 2021. In case that happens, here’s how to protect your trees in a water scarce year:
  1. Trees planted in the last 10 years may need supplemental watering to
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Irrigators in the Upper Big Blue NRD can now take advantage of an increase in the amount of cost-share funds available for flow meter repair. Thanks to a recent rule change, the cost-share funds are now offered at a maximum of 50 percent not to exceed $300. Previously, the funds allowed for 50 percent up to $150 for flow meter repair. To access...Read More

A suggestion from the public has changed the content and format of the nitrogen management trainings offered by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District in the winter of 2020/2021.

Each year the NRD offers several training dates in locations across the district to address issues related to nitrogen fertilizer use, including how...Read More
It’s a brisk winter day in Nebraska. The sun is shining but the wind is sharp as Kyle Yrkoski stands on the edge of a cornfield with a landowner in Seward County, just south of I-80. The landowner, Mitch Springer, has a house nearby that is well protected by trees. “In the summer, you can’t even see the house from here,” he says. He’s looking to...Read More