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

Four University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomy students took top honors at the 2016 North Central Weed Science Society Meeting held Dec. 12-15 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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

We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in North Platte, Nebraska and serving west central Nebraska. The focus of this position will be 4-H youth development with an emphasis on coordination of district 4-H youth development.  Details of the job can be found here

Review of applications will begin on 11/14/16. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: F_160234). 

Contact Kelly Bruns at 308-696-6702 or kelly.bruns@unl.edu or Kathleen Lodl at 402 472-9012 or klodl1@unl.edu with questions about this position.

UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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CASNR Experience the Power of Red visit day March 30
Jan 1 – There is a growing demand for college graduates with a degree in an agricultural field. High school and transfer students can take their first step towards a career in food, water and the natural resources that sustain them by attending the Experience the Power of Red Visit Day on March 30. Read more
Nebraska farmers face stressful loan renewal season
Jan 1 – More than 77 percent of Nebraska producers are concerned that they may not be able to obtain operating capital in 2017, according to the 2016 Farm Financial Health Survey conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Agricultural Economics. Read more