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From Research to RealityNebraska Extension has delivered research-based knowledge to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities and publication.
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.
Administration and Faculty
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:
- Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory
- West Central Water Resources Field Laboratory
- Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center
West Central Extension News and News Releases
Rick Funston, Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproductive physiologist, talks about the importance of monitoring input costs for cow/calf producers.
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.
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.
The UNL Weeds Team brought home top honors at the NCWSS Student Weed Contest at Purdue University July 27-28. Read more
Rodrigo Werle, Nebraska Extension cropping systems specialist, outlines research involving residual herbicides, cover crops and alternative crops.
Kelly Bruns has been appointed as the next Research and Extension Director for the West Central Research and Extension Center. Read more
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!
Provide direct clerical support for 10 to 12 faculty, facilities manager, farm manager, and reception duties at the West Central Research and Extension Center. Duties include preparing and composing correspondence, creating power point presentations and maintain spreadsheets and databases. Prepare travel authorizations, travel claims, purchasing, receipting income, scheduling meeting rooms and familiarization with the technology equipment within the meeting rooms, maintaining web sites, including social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and setting up media and technology equipment. This position will also work with various media outlets including printed, radio and television to schedule interviews, programs and printed releases. Other duties include composing letters, preparing brochures, flyers and mass mailings. Assist with event coordination for the various meetings such as field days, short courses, symposia, adult and youth educational meetings, seminars and advisory committee meetings. View requisition S_160621 at https://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply. Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Review of applications begins September 8. UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination
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.
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.