West Central Research and Extension Center

Welcome

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

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Programs

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

Facilities where much of our research, teaching, and Extension programs take place include the following:


West Central Extension News and News Releases

The UNL Weeds Team brought home top honors at the NCWSS Student Weed Contest at Purdue University July 27-28. Read more

Crop Research
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
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OFFICE ASSOCIATE
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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

RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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.

 

EXTENSION ASST NEP (GRAND ISLAND, NE)
UNL West Central Research & Extension Center

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.

 

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Local Events

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Bacterial leaf streak disease confirmed in corn
Aug 8 – Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum, has been confirmed in some Nebraska corn fields. Read more
Japanese trade organization leader to speak at University of Nebraska
Aug 8 – Hiroyuki Ishige, chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will speak at the University of Nebraska on Sept. 13 as a guest of the developing Clayton K. Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance. Read more