West Central Research and Extension Center

District Interest

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.

The Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program has been awarded an $850,000 Conservation Innovation Grant award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Innovation Grant to develop ag competitions.  Congratulations to the TAPS team!

WCREC professors Jerry Volesky and Travis Mulliniks recipients of  awards.

Jerry Volesky, Range & Forage Systems Specialist at WCREC was recently awarded the 2019 Nebraska Section, Society for Range Management Service Award at the groups annual meeting.  The Range Management Service Award recognizes range management professionals for outstanding service in promoting wise management and use of Nebraska rangeland resources. More can be read at North Platte Extension Educator Recognized

The National Agricultural Aviation Association had the opportunity to visit the University of Nebraska's Pesticide Application Technology Lab this past summer.  The purpose of the visit was to tour the lab and find out more about its research and the potential for future work involving aerial application.  Dr. Greg Kruger, associate professor and director of the PAT lab provided the tour and information on the research being conducted.  With the NAAA's permission, the article can be read in the Fall 2019 issue of Agricultural Aviation.

University of Nebraska Range and Forage Specialist Dr. Jerry Volesky provides an update on pasture conditions across the state, and what it means for calving and hay production.

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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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Panhandle Perspectives: Did you know? The first domestic sugarbeet seeds were produced in Nebraska

March 26, 2020
At the turn of the 20th century, the sugarbeet was one of the few American crops with an almost complete dependence upon Europe as a source of seed each season. The vast majority of all seed used in sugar beet production originated in either Germany or France. It took two primary factors before Americans were convinced that a domestic seed industry was needed.

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Combatting cabin fever: Extension builds out educational content

March 24, 2020
For many families across the state, cabin fever may be setting in, and Nebraska Extension is working to help alleviate pent-up energy with fun, educational content for all ages.

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