West Central Research and Extension Center


Since 1904, the West Central Research and Extension Center (WCREC) at North Platte has addressed problems and concerns specific to the counties of West Central Nebraska. Specialists at this center work in multiple disciplines including: Agricultural Economics, Beef Nutrition, Beef Reproduction, Entomology, Field Crops, Irrigation and Water Resources, Plant Pathology, Range and Forage Management, Soil Science, and Weed Science and Application Technology.

About Us - West Central District

Information about the West Central Research & Extension Center and the County Extension Offices in the West Central District

Administration and Faculty

Contact information for WCREC Administration and Faculty

Upcoming Events/Programs

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Extension programs "extend" area-specific research to the people who need it in order to keep up with changes in rural Nebraska. Programs such as those listed below provide our clientele with up-to-date information based on the research from UNL faculty.


Facilities where much of our research, teaching, and Extension programs take place include the following:

West Central Extension News and News Releases

Cry1F Efficacy
Julie Peterson, Nebraska Extension entomologist, talks about the efficacy of the Cry1F protein on western bean cutworm. Growers can find more information for seed selection through Michigan State University’s Handy Bt Trait Table.

Cow Input Costs

Rick Funston, Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproductive physiologist, talks about the importance of monitoring input costs for cow/calf producers.

Controlling Marestail
Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and application technology specialist, describes the challenge of controlling marestail. Nebraska Extension is conducting a study on the spread of Palmer amaranth in the state. To participate, you can click here.

Tony Adesemoye
Meet Tony Adesemoye, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and disease management specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center. Read more

Range and Pasture Research
Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension range and forage specialist, gives an update on range and pasture conditions in the Nebraska Sandhills. Jerry also talks about research comparing different lengths of grazing time.

Pressure Regulator Testing
Chuck Burr, Nebraska Extension educator, says farmers can bring pressure regulators from their irrigation systems to Husker Harvest Days for free testing.

UNL Ag News Resources

Career Openings in the West Central District
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University of Nebraska Lincoln
Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory

Provide day-to-day care of cattle. Maintenance and repair of facilities, vehicles and equipment. Assist in data collection for a variety of studies. Provide ranch security and serve as first responder in emergency situations. This position is based upon a 40-hour work week and strenuous physical labor is required. Salary range is $13.308-$17.308/hour.  House is provided. Criminal history background check, driving record review and pre-placement physical will be conducted.  Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review will begin October 19. View requisition S_160720 at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply. UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Responsible for the management of the day-to-day operation of the Agroecosystems Entomology Lab at the West Central Research & Extension Center, including data collection and analysis, field research, extension and outreach, planning research design, supervision and training of employees, project coordination, ordering supplies, and equipment maintenance. Job is located in North Platte, NE.  Criminal background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Review of applications begins August 22. View requisition S_160569 at https://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply. UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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Local Events

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Gaussoin named to national USDA advisory board
Oct 10 – Roch Gaussoin, head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been appointed to the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Read more
Krause honored with new professional award
Oct 10 – Katie Krause, Extension Educator of Douglas-Sarpy Counties, was honored recently at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2016 annual session. Read more