NORFOLK – For farmers who plan to chemigate during the 2019 growing season, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) encourages the renewal of their chemigation permits before the end of the month.
According to a release form the LENRD, 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.
The deadline for chemigation permits is June 1.
An irrigation system that has not been renewed prior to the deadline cannot apply chemicals through the system until a new permit is obtained.
Chemigation renewal permits cost $20 and new chemigation permits cost $50. 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.
Applicants must have the signature of a certified applicator on their application form.
If chemigating is necessary, on short notice, emergency permits can be obtained at a cost of $250. Irrigation systems meeting chemigation law standards will then be allowed to operate within 72 hours.
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 402-371-7313.