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

Nebraska Ranch Practicum


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

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.

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.

UNL Ag News Resources

Career Openings in the West Central District
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Nebraska State Climate Office (NSCO)
School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


 Assists in maintenance of the operational Nebraska Mesonet environmental monitoring network for the Nebraska State Climate Office. Responsible for collaboration and communication on site surveys, installation of the environmental monitoring equipment, scheduling calibration of instrumentation, performing calibration as assigned, keeping records on inventory, equipment, and tools. Acts as liaison with a wide range of individuals, such as landowners, land managers, cell phone company specialists, instrumentation specialists, and Nebraska State Climate Office clients. Position includes fieldwork, particularly during summer.

 View requisition S_170178 at https://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply. Criminal history background check and driving record review will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Review of applications begins May 8. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination

 Preference in having position co-located in either the North Platte, Nebraska, West Central Research and Extension Center, or the Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Information about the NSCO can be found at https://nsco.unl.edu

 Information about the Nebraska Mesonet can be found at https://mesonet.unl.edu


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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