IRRIGATION WELLS AND ACREAGE BY DISTRICT AND COUNTY
Nebraska - Selected Years                
  Irrigation Wells                
District Registered Acres Irrigated
& County 2000 2011 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2011
NORTHWEST 5,448 7,042 514,600 626,000 695,000 764,000 796,000 795,000 760,000 1,091,333
Banner 377 431 13,200 18,000 22,000 28,000 22,000 24,000 25,000 75,202
Box Butte 1,132 1,510 60,300 78,000 96,000 130,000 134,000 149,000 149,000 248,531
Cheyenne 530 648 21,000 33,000 40,000 45,000 52,000 54,000 56,000 90,649
Dawes 79 100 16,200 17,000 20,000 22,000 20,000 21,000 17,000 15,083
Deuel 294 381 21,300 27,000 28,000 28,000 26,000 22,000 20,000 59,597
Garden 344 416 20,700 30,000 36,000 40,000 40,000 39,000 37,000 52,380
Kimball 331 441 17,200 24,000 29,000 30,000 33,000 33,000 37,000 68,673
Morrill 816 1,060 86,400 108,000 117,000 121,000 130,000 129,000 125,000 166,420
Scotts Bluff 676 956 190,000 206,000 205,000 206,000 220,000 212,000 190,000 134,348
Sheridan 575 718 26,700 39,000 55,000 67,000 68,000 68,000 62,000 111,619
Sioux 294 381 41,600 46,000 47,000 47,000 49,000 44,000 42,000 68,831
NORTH 5,767 7,338 188,500 369,000 578,500 647,500 574,500 574,000 555,000 973,950
Arthur 93 99 2,500 4,000 10,000 12,000 10,000 11,500 10,000 13,949
Blaine 112 125 4,600 10,000 14,000 14,000 10,000 8,500 9,500 16,169
Boyd 62 77 1,500 3,500 10,000 10,000 7,500 7,000 8,500 9,438
Brown 452 521 37,600 52,000 71,000 74,000 62,000 62,000 57,000 61,198
Cherry 412 578 7,500 27,000 45,000 48,000 33,000 38,000 37,000 78,317
Garfield 203 269 8,900 12,500 22,000 33,000 23,000 21,000 18,000 35,593
Grant 25 27 600 2,000 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,000 3,081
Holt 2,579 3,380 86,000 165,000 235,000 260,000 249,000 255,000 252,000 433,423
Hooker 32 35 900 2,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,500 3,500 5,582
Keya Paha 181 277 4,600 11,000 18,000 18,000 14,000 14,000 16,000 35,032
Logan 179 238 6,500 10,000 17,000 22,000 21,000 20,000 19,500 34,257
Loup 113 138 7,700 13,000 15,000 16,000 13,500 14,000 13,000 19,340
McPherson 103 117 1,900 4,000 9,000 9,000 10,500 10,000 8,000 18,424
Rock 638 738 10,500 32,000 58,000 62,000 56,000 49,000 45,000 103,890
Thomas 37 46 1,500 3,000 4,000 5,500 3,500 4,000 3,000 4,445
Wheeler 546 673 5,700 18,000 44,000 56,000 55,000 53,000 53,000 101,812
NORTHEAST 7,805 11,219 171,900 350,000 690,000 820,000 831,000 889,000 945,000 1,613,385
Antelope 1,794 2,645 44,900 93,000 169,000 190,000 189,000 199,000 219,000 373,754
Boone 1,341 1,862 41,900 71,000 101,000 127,000 140,000 152,000 160,000 297,339
Burt 453 550 13,500 22,000 49,000 49,000 53,000 58,000 56,000 74,241
Cedar 613 1,043 7,400 19,000 50,000 73,000 67,000 71,000 78,000 155,131
Cuming 397 565 5,000 11,000 32,000 34,000 39,000 41,000 43,000 73,846
Dakota 123 152 3,400 6,500 11,000 12,000 16,000 18,500 18,000 26,669
Dixon 159 241 1,700 4,500 19,000 20,000 18,500 20,000 20,000 36,471
Knox 409 568 6,900 15,000 41,000 48,000 48,000 52,000 50,000 79,278
Madison 826 1,180 17,700 41,000 73,000 84,000 85,000 96,000 103,000 163,060
Pierce 1,027 1,434 15,600 43,000 92,000 116,000 108,000 117,000 119,000 200,874
Stanton 335 479 9,300 15,000 28,000 33,000 32,000 30,000 30,000 57,602
Thurston 103 139 3,000 5,000 10,000 12,000 10,500 6,500 13,000 20,068
Wayne 225 361 1,600 4,000 15,000 22,000 25,000 28,000 36,000 55,052
CENTRAL 14,896 20,498 801,600 980,000 1,216,000 1,311,000 1,317,000 1,324,000 1,315,000 2,227,192
Buffalo 3,309 4,680 163,600 196,000 240,000 250,000 254,000 249,000 240,000 425,984
Custer 1,877 2,430 104,700 149,000 178,000 204,000 218,000 221,000 222,000 390,113
Dawson 3,364 4,793 213,600 255,000 282,000 290,000 280,000 270,000 268,000 507,632
Greeley 663 957 24,300 40,000 65,000 78,000 74,000 77,000 76,000 142,819
Hall 3,682 5,018 160,200 174,000 207,000 222,000 222,000 227,000 227,000 390,525
Howard 919 1,230 59,500 71,000 108,000 116,000 117,000 122,000 117,000 153,021
Sherman 564 763 28,100 35,000 60,000 71,000 71,000 71,000 75,000 123,819
Valley 518 627 47,600 60,000 76,000 80,000 81,000 87,000 90,000 93,279
EAST 20,975 28,946 863,000 1,119,000 1,478,000 1,577,000 1,647,000 1,691,000 1,690,000 3,156,670
Butler 1,155 1,869 48,500 70,000 110,000 116,000 117,000 120,000 115,000 231,696
Cass 45 56 3,200 3,500 7,000 7,000 5,500 3,000 3,000 5,825
Colfax 875 1,280 28,700 37,000 64,000 79,000 69,000 70,000 65,000 135,809
Dodge 1,472 1,982 43,000 65,000 99,000 104,000 105,000 104,000 105,000 189,086
Douglas 307 400 5,200 7,500 14,000 16,000 16,500 16,500 13,000 162,583
Hamilton 2,865 3,734 170,800 211,000 245,000 258,000 268,000 272,000 271,000 427,633
Lancaster 298 423 9,600 15,000 20,000 19,000 20,000 15,000 15,000 43,634
Merrick 4,527 5,922 146,800 161,000 183,000 198,000 204,000 202,000 192,000 413,279
Nance 904 1,373 21,600 35,000 56,000 60,000 63,000 65,000 66,000 140,991
Platte 1,695 2,355 56,200 91,000 135,000 144,000 154,000 179,000 187,000 298,127
Polk 1,689 2,401 89,200 113,000 133,000 136,000 148,000 148,000 153,000 279,134
Sarpy 124 160 5,400 6,000 9,000 6,000 11,500 7,500 7,000 17,247
Saunders 820 1,180 18,700 30,000 66,000 70,000 77,000 90,000 98,000 155,273
Seward 1,260 1,810 61,000 81,000 103,000 110,000 116,000 121,000 125,000 207,443
Washington 116 138 3,000 7,000 20,000 22,000 18,500 20,000 17,000 18,999
York 2,823 3,863 152,100 186,000 214,000 232,000 254,000 258,000 258,000 429,911
SOUTHWEST 9,093 11,024 428,000 681,000 916,000 1,013,000 1,002,000 975,000 975,000 1,485,726
Chase 1,436 1,573 76,000 128,000 163,000 179,000 184,000 190,000 191,000 246,965
Dundy 1,026 1,120 31,600 63,000 98,000 109,000 114,000 110,000 97,000 162,583
Frontier 700 784 27,100 58,000 74,000 80,000 78,000 71,000 70,000 121,942
Hayes 454 594 15,700 26,000 41,000 50,000 41,000 42,000 46,000 87,485
Hitchcock 535 697 45,900 56,000 64,000 62,000 58,000 36,000 36,000 75,787
Keith 1,058 1,424 57,300 80,000 99,000 103,000 105,000 95,000 94,000 170,427
Lincoln 1,953 2,610 101,800 136,000 179,000 201,000 210,000 221,000 228,000 348,627
Perkins 945 1,009 21,400 66,000 115,000 148,000 130,000 142,000 149,000 159,692
Red Willow 986 1,213 51,200 68,000 83,000 81,000 82,000 68,000 64,000 112,218
SOUTH 10,056 13,618 554,900 700,000 873,000 954,000 994,000 1,010,000 1,060,000 1,690,195
Adams 2,077 2,872 95,500 122,000 165,000 181,000 187,000 199,000 207,000 347,820
Franklin 1,047 1,292 41,300 56,000 74,000 89,000 89,000 92,000 99,000 157,246
Furnas 829 1,059 37,100 46,000 54,000 57,000 62,000 55,000 64,000 135,812
Gosper 659 835 40,000 55,000 70,000 73,000 77,000 78,000 85,000 117,623
Harlan 1,044 1,271 46,100 58,000 73,000 79,000 79,000 76,000 85,000 150,242
Kearney 1,901 2,768 117,500 146,000 180,000 195,000 204,000 207,000 211,000 340,841
Phelps 1,908 2,688 153,600 187,000 215,000 236,000 248,000 253,000 254,000 339,704
Webster 591 833 23,800 30,000 42,000 44,000 48,000 50,000 55,000 100,907
SOUTHEAST 8,438 12,064 475,500 575,000 753,500 813,500 838,500 842,000 850,000 1,495,336
Clay 2,063 2,823 126,400 155,000 180,000 202,000 210,000 207,000 200,000 348,920
Fillmore 1,918 2,931 117,200 139,000 175,000 189,000 195,000 202,000 209,000 374,810
Gage 530 762 27,700 35,000 61,000 62,000 58,000 58,000 56,000 93,442
Jefferson 629 876 29,200 37,000 61,000 64,000 59,000 65,000 67,000 117,389
Johnson 138 211 3,900 5,000 10,000 14,000 14,000 12,000 13,000 26,007
Nemaha 42 142 800 2,000 7,000 6,000 7,500 4,500 4,000 20,904
Nuckolls 681 984 41,600 46,000 57,000 63,000 60,000 61,000 66,000 110,592
Otoe 38 66 1,700 4,000 11,000 11,000 10,500 3,500 4,000 9,372
Pawnee 2 4 500 1,000 5,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,500 355
Richardson 18 56 600 1,000 3,500 3,500 1,500 3,000 2,500 8,460
Saline 1,038 1,406 52,300 67,000 76,000 81,000 91,000 90,000 91,000 152,772
Thayer 1,341 1,803 73,600 83,000 107,000 114,000 128,000 132,000 133,000 232,313
NEBRASKA 82,478 111,749 3,998,000 5,400,000 7,200,000 7,900,000 8,000,000 8,100,000 8,150,000 13,733,787
Source: Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Agricultural Statistics, annual; and Department of Natural Resources, 2011
Last Updated: 03-Jan-11
by Nebraska Databook
email: michael.lundeen@nebraska.gov