West Central Research and Extension Center

Mark McConnell at awards ceremony
Paxton, Nebraska resident Mark McConnell received the Greatest Yield and Most Profitable awards in the TAPS sprinkler corn division.

UNL-TAPS Program Honors 2020 Competition Winners

January 19, 2021
The fourth annual Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) competition winners were announced during a Jan. 16 virtual ceremony.

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Sorghum plant in field

TAPS Program Makes Plans for 2021, Including Change to Sorghum Competition

January 4, 2021
The Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program is looking for participants for the 2021 competition as it tailors the upcoming season to accommodate new technologies, methods and practices in farm management.

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TAPS Awards Ceremony Moves to Virtual Platform

January 4, 2021
The TAPS Award Banquet has been shifted to a virtual announcement of the winners on social media this month, with an in-person event tentatively planned for March.

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center pivot irrigation running

Recent Water & Crops Field Day Available Online

September 16, 2020
The UNL West Central Research, Extension and Education Center recently held their annual Water and Crops Field Day virtually. If you were unable to attend or would like to catch some of the other presentations from the day, all of the presentations are now available online.

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center pivot irrigation running

Horsch Equipment Founder Set to Be Keynote Speaker During West Central Virtual Water & Crops Field Day

August 13, 2020
Even though the Annual Water & Crops Field Day can’t be hosted at UNL’s West Central Research, Extension & Education Center as in the past years, the event will go on as a virtual event as most others have lately due to COVID-19.

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Field of wheat in the Nebraska Panhandle

UNL-TAPS Expanding To Include Winter Wheat Competition in the Panhandle

August 28, 2019
Winter wheat production is being added to the slate of UNL-TAPS contests for the next year. The competition will debut at a kickoff meeting Friday, September 6, at the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney.

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Matt Stockton accepting the Oustanding Extension Program award on behalf of the UNL-TAPS team.
Matt Stockton accepting the Oustanding Extension Program award on behalf of the UNL-TAPS team.

UNL TAPS Receives Outstanding Extension Program Award

July 15, 2019
The Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA) recently honored the UNL-TAPS program with the Outstanding Extension Program Award for demonstrably impacting the mindset and management practices of irrigators while engaging and educating a much broader audience.

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Pivot field at the West Central Research and Extension Center, site of one of the three divisions in this year's UNL-TAPS competition. (Photo by Krystle Rhoades)
Figure 1. Pivot field at the West Central Research and Extension Center, site of one of the three divisions in this year's UNL-TAPS competition. (Photo by Krystle Rhoades)

UNL-TAPS Field Tour this Thursday, June 27

June 19, 2019
View the variable rate irrigation system and the subsurface drip irrigation system used for this year's UNL-TAPS competition at the TAPS Field Tour on Thursday, June 27. There will be plenty of time to talk with contest participants and staff about this year's contest.

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