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.

Specialists at this center work in multiple disciplines including:

To see a complete list of all the current job openings in the West Central District, please click here.

The western bean cutworm is an important pest of corn and dry beans in Nebraska and is a major focus of research at the Agroecosystems Entomology Laboratory at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Because WBC has only one generation per year, researchers are now growing their own population to use in laboratory and field studies.

A sprayer clinic will be held November 15 at the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis to provide more information on applying new dicamba formulations in soybeans and corn. In addition a variety of sprayers will be displayed and technicians will be available to discuss the features of each.

When it comes to buying corn seed, avoid investing in GMO insect protection you don't need. This guide looks at available traits and which proteins are effective on which pest species to help growers select the product best suited to their fields.

Julie Peterson, Nebraska Extension entomologist, describes the appearance of painted lady butterflies in certain areas of Nebraska.


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So you've inherited a farm, now what?
Oct 12 – Those who have in inherited or received farmland and want to learn more about the best strategies for managing the asset are encouraged to attend one of several Nebraska Extension programs being offered across the state this fall. Read more
Extension NEP team participates in cultural immersion workshop
Oct 11 – Diversity and inclusion are central to the University of Nebraska’s mission and Nebraska Extension is doubling down. Recently, 45 members of extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP) participated in a day-long cultural immersion workshop. Read more