Cost Share Available For Soil Moisture Probes

Cost Share Available For Soil Moisture Probes

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cost Share Available For Soil Moisture Probes


IMPERIAL, Neb. – Cost-share funds that pay for two-thirds of the cost of soil moisture probes are available from the Upper Republican NRD.

The NRD is now accepting applications from ag producers/landowners in Chase, Dundy and Perkins Counties to receive cost share for up to four soil moisture probes used in 2016.

The program will help pay for 2/3 of the cost of either leasing or buying probes. The 2/3 cost share provided by the NRD is capped at $1,500 per probe for the 2016 growing season. Cost share can be used on all services related to the probe. For example, the telemetry that electronically relays information from probes to home computers or smart phones is eligible for cost share.

Using the probes and following irrigation scheduling recommendations that they offer has been demonstrated to reduce water use by about 2” per acre. Since the NRD began offering cost share for probes in 2012, producers have used the programs to install probes on more than 40,000 acres in the District.

There are no restrictions on what types of soil-moisture probes can be used, but the probes must be used within the Upper Republican NRD.

To apply for cost-share, get an application form from the URNRD website at or pick one up at the office at 511 East Fifth St. in Imperial. Completed forms can be dropped off at the office, mailed to the office at Upper Republican NRD, PO Box 1140, Imperial, NE 69033, scanned and emailed to, or faxed to 308-882-4521.

If you have questions about the program, contact Nate at the NRD, 882-5173.

A portion of the funds in the cost share program are made available by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The Nebraska Legislature created the Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $199 million in grants to over 1,600 projects across the state. Anyone can apply for funding, which is used to preserve, protect and restore natural resources for future generations.