West Central Research and Extension Center

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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.

This year’s Field Day is jointly sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance (NEWBA). Water is one of Nebraska's most valuable natural resources. This Field Day offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in water to learn and see irrigation practices and cropping systems on a farm scale that maintain or increase crop production while conserving water. Participants will be able to interact with Nebraska Extension specialists and educators, and industry leaders on water issues that may affect their operations. Approximately 35 commercial venders will be on hand to provide live demonstrations of how their products can help farmers manage their fields. Site tours in the afternoon will let you see management strategies and equipment up close with experts on hand to answer your specific questions.
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.
Jerry Volesky, Nebraska Extension range and forage specialist, gives an update on pasture and range conditions in west central Nebraska and talks about considerations for the rest of the grazing season. Producers can learn more about these topics at the 2017 Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab Open House later this month.
Julie Peterson, Nebraska Extension entomologist, describes the appearance of painted lady butterflies in certain areas of Nebraska.
Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, talks about the benefits and challenges of using dicamba.

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