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

  • 2016 Water and Crops Field Day - Systems Approach to Cropping and Irrigation Management at WCREC - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - register here
  • Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory 17th Annual Open House - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 -  additional information - register here


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

Weeds after Wheat – Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, explains why winter wheat producers need to focus on weed control after harvest. More information about loan deficiency payments can be found in a recent CropWatch article.

Flies on Cattle
Dave Boxler, Nebraska Extension educator in entomology, gives an update on fly populations impacting cattle.

UNL Ag News Resources

Career Openings in the West Central District
Join our team!

UNL West Central Research & Extension Center

Transform lives by Teaching (planning, designing, implementing) and evaluating effective educational programming in basic nutrition, food safety, food preparation and food resource management for limited resource audiences in assigned region. Must be able to access learner at appropriate places and times. Ability to travel within service area. Position is located in Grand Island, NE. Criminal history background check and driving record review will be conducted.  Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review will begin July 25. View requisition S_160491 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.


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Local Events

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Cahoon receives Terry Galliard Medal
Jul 7 – Edgar Cahoon, George Holmes Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation, received the Terry Galliard Medal on July 5 at the 22nd International Symposium on Plant Lipids in Göttingen, Germany. Read more
Pitla honored with young designer award
Jul 7 – Santosh Pitla, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln was honored with the 2016 Sunkist Young Designer Award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) on July 18 in Orlando, Florida. Read more