One advantage Nebraska has is its system of natural resources districts that promote strategic approaches to water management. The University of Nebraska contributes significantly through its respected climate data-collection and analysis, and it’s fitting that the National Drought Mitigation is located in Lincoln. Nebraska-based irrigation companies such as Valmont Industries and Reinke Manufacturing Co. regularly put forward innovations boosting water-use efficiency.
Nebraska has been spared so far this year from the severe drought that has hit parts of the Southwest and extended into Kansas, but it was only a few years ago, in 2012, that such conditions hammered much of the Cornhusker State, shrinking Lake McConaughy to only 54 percent full.
Climate awareness is essential for our region’s agricultural sector and overall economy. Midlanders need to remain attentive and adaptable to meet the need.