Farmers planning to chemigate during the 2019 growing season must renew chemigation permits by June 1 to meet state deadline requirements. Chemigation is the application of any chemical, fertilizer or pesticide through an irrigation system. To legally chemigate in Nebraska, an operator must be certified to apply chemicals and obtain a chemigation permit from their local NRD.
An irrigation system that has not been renewed prior to the June 1 deadline cannot apply chemicals through the system until a new permit is obtained. Chemigation renewal permits cost $20. New chemigation permits cost $50, and the applicant cannot use the system until it passes a mandatory inspection. All permits must be submitted to the LENRD office at 1508 Square Turn Boulevard in Norfolk.
By renewing a permit by June 1, a producer may proceed with chemigation. An inspection does not have to be performed prior to chemigation for a renewal application. However, a random chemigation inspection may be necessary later in the season as part of the LENRD’s routine summer inspections as required by state law.
Approximately 2,016 chemigation permits were approved by the LENRD in 2018. For more information on renewing or obtaining chemigation permits, call the Lower Elkhorn NRD at 371-7313.