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

GSL 18th Annual Open House - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Please join us at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory for the 18th Annual Open House. Presentations will be given throughout the day on various aspects of cattle and natural resource management. Businesses, services and associations supporting the beef cattle industry will participate. Activities, demonstrations and commercial exhibits are planned so our guests can come and go as they please throughout the day. Additional information can be found 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

Using Dicamba - Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, talks about the benefits and challenges of using dicamba.

Giant Ragweed Control - Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and application technology specialist, explains how farmers can best control glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed.

Horn Fly Control - Dave Boxler, Nebraska Extension educator in entomology, discusses the potential impact horn flies can have on pastured cattle.

Marestail Control - Greg Kruger, Nebraska Extension weed science and application technology specialist, describes a study looking at marestail’s resistance to glyphosate. Greg also talks about control options for the weed.

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.

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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Local Events

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Plant scientists aim to turn sorghum into jet fuel
Jul 7 – As members of a new federally funded bioenergy research center, two Nebraska plant scientists plan to spend the next five years working to expand the oil-producing capability of the sorghum plant. Read more
State forester Scott Josiah to retire
Jul 7 – Scott Josiah, state forester and director of the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS), will retire on July 28 after 18 years of service to the University of Nebraska. Read more