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

  • Now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Nebraska Ranch Practicum - more info 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


Terminating Cover Crops - Rodrigo Werle, Nebraska Extension cropping systems specialist, explains how farmers can terminate cover crops before corn or soybean planting.

Fertilizing Pastures - Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension range and forage specialist, gives an update on moisture conditions in central and western Nebraska. Jerry also previews the grazing season and explains when fertilizing pastures or hayland might be beneficial.

Managing Herbicide Options - Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, describes how growers can use the 2017 Guide for Weed, Disease and Insect Management to select herbicides with the best value.

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

UNL Ag News Resources

Career Openings in the West Central District
Join our team!

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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Junior faculty earn awards for excellence in research
Mar 3 – The Agricultural Research Division (ARD) of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln presented awards to three assistant professors on March 22, in recognition of excellence in research. Read more
LEAD fellowship applications available for group 37
Mar 3 – Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) group 37 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness. Read more