NET Television’s Platte Basin Timelapse Project is an innovative multi-year initiative designed to help people better understand the impact and importance of this critical watershed.
Some fifty cameras are stationed along the Platte River, from its sources in Colorado and Wyoming to the point at which it spills into the Missouri River. These cameras provide a fascinating look at how the river changes throughout the year and from year to year. Educational materials have been developed that focus on the environmental aspects of the river— and producers of the program knew that the next chapter needed to focus on the relationship between the Platte River and agriculture.
The initial phase of the agricultural track is co-funded by the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Soybean Board. Other funders include NET Television and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts has also provided funding.
The first step in the agriculture track was to install timelapse cameras on pivot irrigation systems—one on Brandon Hunnicutt’s corn field near Giltner and another on a soybean pivot at Greg Greving’s farm near Chapman. The cameras captured images during the 2016 growing season as they moved around the field. Eventually, a series of educational videos and curriculum will be developed in partnership with UNL and shared with schools in Nebraska and across the nation.
“The Platte River is central to the livelihood, economy and success of the people who depend on it,” said Michael Farrell, NET Special Projects Manager. “We wanted to include the impact of the Platte on agricultural production in Nebraska and help people better understand how farmers and ranchers are managing this precious resource—and helping maintain the delicate balance needed to serve everyone and everything that depends on this river.”
To learn more or see live shots visit: current.plattebasintimelapse.com/hunnicut-pivot/