West Central Research, Extension and Education Center

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Since 1904, the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center (WCREEC) at North Platte has addressed problems and concerns specific to the counties of West Central Nebraska.

Please join us at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory for the 23rd Annual Open House. This year’s Open House will be a hybrid format with our traditional in-person event held at GSL along with the live streamed online webinar. The online webinar will only cover the morning sustainability topics. Activities, demonstrations and commercial exhibits are planned so our guests can come and go as they please throughout the day. AGENDA

Water Riches Field Trip

Faculty, staff and students at WCREEC spent the day learning about Nebraska water and its history on June 9 with a Water Riches Field Trip.

The day was spent discussing the hydrogeology of Nebraska Sandhills, the High Plains Aquifer and the North Platte River near Lake Ogallala.

Retried Professor, Robert Diffendal, explained how the Brule Formation, the Ash Hallow Formation, and Broadwater Formation developed millions of years ago.

Central Public Power and Irrigation District hosted a tour at the Kingsley Hydroplant to explain the purpose of the plant and how it works.

The tour concluded at the water interpretive center to give context to all the ponts covered in the tour.

Assessing Freeze Injury to Wheat

Growers across the state are concerned about abnormally low temperatures that occurred several times over the past week.  With low temperatures in the early hours of May 21 and 22 along with winter wheat close to the normal growth stage at the present time, it has been subjected to a number of stressors this growing season. Dry planting conditions and continued drought have reduced crop tillering and vegetative growth, and scattered hail has occurred in a handful of wheat-growing regions. Continue reading the Crop Watch article

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is encouraging commercial specialty crop growers - those who sell a portion of their crop - to sign up for DriftWatch-BeeCheck.  Specialty crops include beehives, grapes, other fruits, hemp, vegetables, greenhouses/high tunnels, nursery crops, tree/nut orchards, fish farms, non-specialty certified organic and transition to certified organic crops, and an ‘other’ category, which could include plants grown for seed, cut flowers, flowers for scented products, woody florals, etc.  This is a free, voluntary tool to increase communication between commercial specialty crop growers and nearby pesticide applicators to reduce incidents of pesticide

Jerry Volesky has been named the interim director of UNL's Center for Grassland Studies

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