West Central Research, Extension and Education 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.

Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory: 41 Years Serving the Beef Industry

Please join us for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory for the 21st Annual Open House Online Webinar sponsored by Elanco. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:25 AM - 2:30 PM (MDT). 
To receive the webinar link please RSVP or e-mail travis.mulliniks@unl.edu by August 25th.


The UNL West Central Research, Extension and Education Annual Water and Crops Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 beginning at 9 am - 12 pm (CDT).  For more information or to register for this year's online virtual event visit: https://go.unl.edu/t5qq by August 25, 2020.

The Field Day will focus on "Using Precision Technology to Improve Profitability" with sessions on pest management, water and N management and research updates from the area.

Greg Kruger, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture explains spraying technique and environmental impact  to North Platte Telegraph reporter Job Vigil.  The full interview along with a video of the equipment in action can be found at nptelegraph.com 

In a press release dated April 14, 2020, the Twin Platte Natural Resources District (TPNRD) reminds Chemigators that now is a good time to return their chemigation renewal permits mailed to them in early March. For those who have questions or need a new permit, call the TPNRD office at (308) 535-8080. Chemigation is defined as using an irrigation system to apply any crop fertilizer, or pesticide including but not limited to fungicides, herbicides, or insecticides labeled for such application onto land or crops.  

LINCOLN – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman has issued an order easing restrictions on pesticide applicators whose licenses are up for renewal. The order temporarily postpones certain training requirements outlined in the Nebraska Pesticide Act and extends valid pesticide applicators’ licenses if conditions are met.

According to the order, people with valid commercial, non-commercial and private applicator licenses which expire on April 15, 2020, must notify NDA of their intent to renew their license and pay the required fees to NDA by May 15, 2020. Upon receipt of payment, NDA will allow the applicator to defer the required training for license renewals until April 15, 2021.


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Partnership to offer free, low-cost services to Nebraska manufacturers

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The Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership will offer no-charge or reduced-cost consultation and employee development training to the state’s small to mid-size manufacturers.

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