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, the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance (NEWBA) and the Ogallala Aquifer Project. 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. This year’s focus is on precision technology and will include a plant stand demonstrations from a John Deere ExactEmerge planter. Participants will be able to interact with Nebraska Extension specialists and educators, and industry leaders on water issues that may affect their operations. Approximately 25 commercial venders will be on hand to provide live demonstrations of how their products can help farmers manage their fields. UNL-TAPS updates and field tours will be included. Site research 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 20th 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.

Nebraska Extension Educator Susan Harris-Broomfield has an in-depth look at some of the psychological challenges producers face in the wake of natural disasters, like the recent flooding. She also provides some effective ways to cope.

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Dr. Matt Stockton joins the program to tell us what the recent flooding means for Nebraska beef producers. To get more information regarding flood recovery and to help those affected by the disaster, visit flood.unl.edu.

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Dr. Matt Stockton of Nebraska Extension shares his findings on the advantages and drawbacks of particular calving seasons. He helps decide which one is right for your operation.

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