West Central Research and Extension Center

Julie Peterson mugshot
Julie Peterson has been named the associate director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s West Central Research, Extension and Education Center in North Platte. The appointment took effect Sept. 1, 2023.

Peterson Named Associate Director of West Central Research, Extension and Education Center

October 27, 2023
An entomologist and extension specialist, Peterson also leads the Agroecosystems Entomology Lab, and her research focuses on practical applications for integrated pest management of field crops.

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Vesh Raj Thapa stands near soil sample display
Vesh Raj Thapa, UNL post-doctoral research assistant, stands behind root samples from the plots at WREEC in North Platte. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Roots, Another Important Aspect of Cover Crops

September 19, 2023
Researchers involved in a UNL-USDA NRCS study on cover crops highlight the importance of species selection, as each type of cover crop has a unique root system that contributes differently to soil health.

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Field day participants inspect an ag drone
A session on drones was held at the annual Water and Crops Field Day at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, West Central Research Extension and Education Center in North Platte. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Nebraska Extension Center Preps Ag Producers for Climate-smart Practices

September 19, 2023
The 2023 Water and Crops Field Day featured seminars and panels on crop and livestock production practices that align with USDA's new climate-smart agriculture initiatives.

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Cover crop field at WCREEC
Cover crop plots at the UNL West Central Research Extension and Education Center in North Platte. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Cover Crops a Focus at Annual WREEC Water and Crops Field Day

September 1, 2023
Producers at the field day swapped ideas and observations about cover crop production, and heard from extension educators and agronomists about best practices for their agricultural regions.

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Software equipment in implement
Producers, industry representatives and researchers are invited to attend the field day in North Platte, which will feature the latest technologies and practices in agriculture.

West Central to Host 19th Annual Water and Crops Field Day

August 4, 2023
This free field day will feature producer and industry panels on covers crops and USDA's Climate Smart Initiatives, as well as field tours and demos on irrigation sensing tools, cover crops, western bean cutworm and drones in pesticide application.

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Field plot sign
Content for the upcoming Corn and Soybean Production Clinics will be tailored to each location, to better represent the diversity of crop production concerns across the state.

Nebraska Extension Provides Nebraska Corn and Soybean Clinics Aug. 29 at North Platte and Aug. 31 at Mead

August 1, 2023
See a "growing season" all in one place, with hands-on interaction and field demos that will address corn and soybean production concerns for growers across Nebraska.

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Hands in soil
Advanced demonstrations, innovative research and a panel discussion will be just a few of the educational opportunities offered at the second Nebraska Soil Health School on June 27-28 in North Platte.

Second Nebraska Soil Health School Registration Open

April 19, 2023
Registration is due June 20 for the second Nebraska Soil Health School to be hosted June 27-28 at the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center in North Platte.

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Tour participants
Daran Rudnick, Nebraska Extension irrigation management specialist, speaks to participants during a past Water, Crops and Soil Health Field Day. (CropWatch file photo)

WCREEC Set to Host Annual Water and Crops Field Day

August 10, 2022
This year’s sessions will feature in-field soil health trial demos, a producer panel on current ag challenges like global supply chain issues, plus expert insights into the future on fertilizer and ag chemical availability for next year.

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