UNL ENREC Open House and Tours June 12

Among the demonstrations at the ENREC Open House, Justin McMechan, extension crop protection and cropping systems specialist, will be demonstrating the hail simulator used to study the effects of hail at different crop growth stages.

UNL ENREC Open House and Tours June 12

The university's Eastern Nebraska Research and Education Center (ENREC) near Mead will be hosting an open house June 12 to take visitors "behind the scene" to see the variety of research and education work being done there.

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Plan to enjoy a cool dip on a summer day while learning about how research with new technologies, including with drones, is advancing agricultural research. 


Get a close-up look at what goes on at the center and learn from the people making things happen. The open house and tours, intended for both rural and urban audiences, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and include refreshments such as the "Nifty N150" ice cream. From 3:30 to 5 p.m. visitors can visit with experts from Backyard Farmer to get their lawn and garden questions answered.

  • See how the University is learning and teaching with drones, a hail simulator machine, and beef and science mobile labs (hands-on experiences and education about ruminant animals.)  See the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies' "Hercules" (A mobile platform for proximal remote sensing) and equipment that the Nebraska Forestry Service Fire Shop reconditions to loan to volunteer fire districts.
  • Stop by and visit with the people involved with projects, putting on programs and making things happen.  Learn about Saunders County Extension, Husker Genetics, Greater Nebraska Business Center, precision ag, integrating crops and cattle, weed science, agroforestry, and more!
  • ENREC has been serving as a collection site for hay, fencing, and livestock supply donations for Nebraska producers impacted by the blizzard and March flood. Learn about the project and the University's role in leading disaster relief.
  • Who works at ENREC and what do they do?  Learn why the work they do is important to Nebraska.

The open house will be at the August N. Christenson Building at 1071 Road G., near Mead. Get directions to the site at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/enre/questions-contact-us/.) For more information call (402) 624-8000 or see the event page.

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